Meet Elizabeth Knowelden from London who moved to LA four years ago to pursue her acting career....
Absolutely. I had worked predominantly in theatre in the UK and wanted to stretch myself further into tv and film work. While I love both London and New York, Los Angeles remains the main hub for screen projects. Casting can move so quickly, I thought it best to plant myself right in the center of it all. Plus the sunshine and palm trees help.
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My loved ones. There can be certain sacrifices to making such a move to America, but thankfully I'm very close with my family and friends and we make the effort to bridge the gaps.
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus the UK?
Well, it's a completely different lifestyle. There's a much more relaxed vibe, but at the same time, a very strong work ethic. One of the things I connect to most in America is the optimism. I love meeting people here who are like-minded, open, hard working and excited about the future.
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Everybody should look at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood. Daniel Henning and Noah Wyle have created an intimate space with beautiful plays. In addition to their main stage productions, every summer they hold the Young Playwright's Festival, which is a wonderful event, showcasing and nurturing writers at the start of their careers. If you want to see some terrific theatre, go to The Blank.
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ?
Definitely come out here first and take LA for a test drive. Research, have a plan and remember to save as much as you can financially, as setting yourself up can be very expensive, especially for the first year. Then, stay positive and if you're ready to make the move, go for it! Also, remember that if leaving seems too much and you'd rather stay closer to home, there's always a way to make it work where you are. Just be creative, think outside the box and don't take no for an answer.
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