When looking to increase your fame and fortune, a natural conclusion can be to move to Los Angeles.
After all, even in the internet era where stars can be minted after posting just a few TikTok videos, LA seems to be the place where much of the magic happens.
While LA and it's Hollywood vibes seem like a must-move-to destination for anyone seeking to become famous, it's not actually the only way to become famous.
In this article, we'll examine the pros and cons of moving to Hollywood to become famous, as well as totally viable alternatives to increase your fame situation.
Los Angeles is famous for being the epicenter of media and show business.
For years, it's been the headquarters for nearly every major movie and television studio.
The city has been home to talented writers, directors, and actors, while Hollywood has flourished as a destination for those looking to become billboard-worthy.
Los Angeles' Century City, for example, is home to several top film and television studios, as well as a plethora of television stars.
These studios are well connected with the media and entertainment industry.
If you want to become famous for being an actor or actress, you'll likely need to move to Hollywood.
This is because there is still simply no effective way to audition for movie and show roles remotely.
Yes, you can always do a self-tape audition, but most of the time, casting agents and other professionals will want to see you in person before giving you a meaningful role in a production.
While you could also book a flight and go to an audition for something in LA (or any other city), unless you're actually getting paid to do it, it's not something we recommend.
Flights cost a lot of money and flying across the country is usually stressful.
So what do you do? What's the next best option for obtaining roles in Los Angeles?
Here are a few options that you can take advantage of, but only if you're in LA:
There are a lot of studios that offer such classes in Los Angeles, including famous organizations such as The Actors Studio.
The main point of acting classes is to introduce newcomers to the business of acting, giving them an opportunity to gain some valuable feedback from the instructors and also help them with some of the technical aspects of getting the best performance out of themselves.
This is another opportunity that you'll only have if you move to Hollywood.
It's also a good way to give yourself a shot at gaining more knowledge about the business of acting as well as preparing for auditions, classes, and other activities.
Acting schools are more extensive in what they cover than simple acting classes.
At the same time, they require a larger commitment (of both time and money).
These days, you don't need to become a movie star to be famous. All you need is a smartphone.
With the rise of social media, you can become a globally recognized personality without ever needing to appear on the silver screen or Netflix show.
Think Ryan Gosling, Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian.
Now think about a "video gamer" named PewDiePie, who boasts nearly 50 million subscribers to his YouTube channel.
Globally, PewDiePie might actually be just as recognizable as any Kardashian or movie star.
Numerous YouTube personalities have gone from nobodies to stars, and many will tell you it's thanks to the easy access to social media and mobile video services like YouTube and TikTok.
But there's something to be said for a combination of hard work, talent and luck.
To become social media famous, you don't need to live in any one place. You can live anywhere you want. Anywhere that has internet, at least.
But what makes someone "famous" on social media? Is it followers? Engagements? Likes? Shares? Click-bait posts?
Millions of people have thousands of followers on social media, but will any of them listen to your voice? Will they give you their attention if you let them?
With the rise of instant-stars on the "Big 3" of social media (Instagram, TikTok, YouTube), you can theoretically become famous from anywhere you want to be.
These days, tons of social media stars are living in Los Angeles.
It's hard to say why exactly, but it's likely because of Hollywood's creative energy and spirit.
But, as with anything, there are caveats to being in the heavily-spotlit territory of H-wood.
Why is this exactly?
Let's take a look at some reasons.
Being a social media star will teach you a lot about the business of entertainment. You can make a career out of your passion, and get yourself a free studio.
Living in LA, you're likely to meet other similarly-minded people. You'll be able to bounce ideas off of them in ways that you wouldn't be able to if you lived outside of Hollywood.
Because of the immense popularity of social media, you will get the opportunity to work with celebrities and big brands.
You will also get the opportunity to work with the influencers with bigger followings than yours. They will also be ready to work with you if you are as talented as they are.
If you want to become famous, there are for sure benefits to moving to Los Angeles.
That said, these days, it's not a complete necessity.
If you're thinking about moving to Hollywood to make it big, be aware that the cost of living in LA is very high compared to other US cities.
But, if you can swing it, it's a great place to get started and begin building your personal brand that will one day make you famous.