Apartments for Cheap

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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Los Angeles

September 27, 2012

John asks…

is $1000 or $2000 too much for an apartment in los los angeles CA?

can u let me know how much you should spend on a apartment if your looking for an cheap apartment

Administrator answers:

That’s the average minimum in a fairly good area. A small studio apartment starts in the $1000 range. A two bdrm apartment in the $1300 range, etc. Anything near a beach or that has a “view” will be considered prime real estate, and command an outragoius price. Anything lower than $1000 is NOT worth looking at.

Most landlords will require first, last, and security ot move in, and usually will require a 1 year lease. Many check referrences, so if you don’t have a full time job, or verifiable last address they won’t risk renting to you.

Fortunately I still live with mom & dad. If I lived on my own I’d expect to pay around $1300 a month.

David asks…

getting started in the acting buisness?

I have decided i want to move to los angeles next year after the summer time. By then i should have anywhere from 12-15k saved and a car, i know i won’t get gigs for a long time so i have to live somehow. My parents will also send me money monthly(im 18, about to graduate) but probably no more than 500-1000, which isn’t much, so what should i do first once i get a cheap apartment?

I have no experience in acting but i believe i will be good. I am going to start participating in my comunity auditorium for plays they put on every few months, so i can get experience.

So, should i get a part time job and start looking for casting calls or what? Maybe get my picture taken from a photographer? I am also thinking of taking classes if i can afford it, how much do they cost?

Administrator answers:

From an LA actor to a FUTURE LA Actor,

Acting is a full time thing so you will need to find yourself a FLEXIBLE survival job that will allow you to make auditions.

Here’s the cliffsnotes version of what you can do to do to get into acting in LA:

1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

Acting business:
-Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
-How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
-Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
-How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
-An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
-One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
-So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
-Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

Acting:
-Book the Job-Doug Warhit
-Intent to Live-Larry Moss
-Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
-Acting in Film-Michael Caine
-Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

Method Acting:
-Art of Acting-Stella Adler
-Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
-A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
-Actor’s Art and Craft-William Esper
-The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
-No Acting Please-Eric Morris
-Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
-Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
-You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
-Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

Comedy
-8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
-The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

Improv
-Anything by Viola Spolin
-Steve Book on Acting: Improv

Auditioning/Cold Reading:
-How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
-Audition-Michael Shurtleff
-Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

2.GET TRAINING!
Definitely take classes in:
-Cold Reading/Auditioning
-Improv
-Scene study
-Commercials

Good classes can range anywhere from 200/month or $700 for several weeks.

Best schools in LA:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AioHSRqNVh1nQPhnMNqbQCnty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091111153511AAsuaTv&show=7#profile-info-uCPNEO7daa

3. Get GREAT headshots

Here’s is a good place to start:

http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/110106342

4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

Sample Resume:

http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/ELDORADO59/scan0002.jpg

How to make an ACTING resume:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtPvL4SjI7JFo5ef8t3cNwzty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj&show=7#profile-info-TDkteHfQaa

In LA, you can find jobs on your own through:
-ActorsAccess.com (Best for film/tv)
-LACasting.com (Best for commercials)
-Nowcasting.com (Best for student/indie films)

5. Get an Agent

Top Agencies in LA:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AipoAi86mqLUy76e6Lm8np_ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091024102446AAYhxqm&show=7#profile-info-g7px8S9raa

To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
-Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
-Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
-Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

DON’T
-Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
-Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
-Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

Lizzie asks…

Am I overreacting to this situation?

Girlfriend and I went to a house interview last Friday and well… things didn’t work out the way I hoped. Im not sure if my reaction is normal or over emotional but I’d love your input.

I’m in Los Angeles looking for an apartment share. Now we found a place in the Los Feliz area for super cheap (like 540). I came across the email at night so I wrote an introductory email, then the next day called.

There were so many applicants that the people were holding large interview at coffee shop. So I went down and here’ s the night

1. Arrive, nobody’s there. Call, leave a message wait around. Twenty minutes later she arrives.

2. Talk for forty minutes.

3. Grab a cocktail next door, talk for another forty minutes.

I leave. She says she’ll call me tomorrow with her decision. Next two days she doesn’t. Today I got mass text telling me room wasn’t available anymore.

I was disappointed to not get the room. But really offended that after spending some time together she’d just mass text me. I’m angry cause I wouldn’t do that.

So on one hand. I have self respect and my time is worthwhile. I feel upset – I feel the mass text works for people who just leave voicemail or email. not for people you eat and drink with.

On the other, it was just an interview, albeit a long one. What responsibility did she have to personally call or email?

I’m not really upset. Just annoyed. Justified?
Gf annoyed too. But she said it could just be girl was being polite and didn’t want a couple.

Administrator answers:

Sounds like this woman is a rude cow. Good thing you’re not moving in with someone so self involved.

Steven asks…

Is this apartment complex in long beach, CA safe?

i want to rent a cheaper apartment, this is what i can afford. i found pictures of it, it doesnt seem to bad… for the price:(
but anyways i like long beach and it seems cheaper then other places near the coast.
any help would be great.

(im moving out on my own for the first time so cheaper is better. but i need to be in a safe place.
18 year old girl coming and going out of an apartment in the middle of the night alone in a bad area isnt good)

http://www.rent.com/rentals/california/los-angeles-and-vicinity/long-beach/alamitos-bay/1999790/?sp=1&searchrank=1&fl=

Administrator answers:

The area is nice, although not all of the apartment buildings are. Check crimereports.com for crime in the area and any sex offenders. Parking is a pain in any coastal part of Long Beach so be prepared for a walk.

Carol asks…

Question about moving to california.?

I plan on moving to los angeles in about a year or two. I live in Prince Edward Island Canada and am wondering what the transition into American life will be like. How much do cheap one bedroom apartments go for around there and how much would I make working a job roughly an hour. I have no special skills. also what is the music scene like?

Administrator answers:

I’m a native born Southern Californian.I’ll be cruel,but very honest with you.You’d be way ahead of the game staying at Prince Edward,or in the Pacific N.W. Of USA… I’ve lived in Oregon now for about 20yrs.Moved out of S.California because it is TOTALLY over crowded,overly developed,Overly expensive to live there and jobs are getting hard to come by,even mini-pay.Not to mention you’d probably hate the climate,it’s semi desert.I loved it there in the 30′s,40′s even 50′s but it’s been devastated by population growth.That’s it partner,hope I didn’t smash your bubble,but you want the truth.

Nancy asks…

Can somebody please help come up with a good title for my story?

Here is the summary:
Ellie and Trislyn are twins. They looked exactly alike but thats where the similarities stopped. Ellie wad wild while Trislyn was smart and composed.

Only a year ago were they rich, and had everything you could wish for until they found out their mom had cancer, and their dad left them with one millions bucks.

Trislyn, being more responsible took care of their mom and Ellie, while Ellie stayed the same as ever. Eventually, their mom dies of cancer but Ellie wasnt too upset, they were never close the begin with. But what happens when Trislyn elopes on their 18th birthday with a boyfriend Ellie’s never known, about leaving only about 1000 dollars and a note?

Now officially the age when its supposed to be the best time of your life, when you could finally be free, Ellie’s left with the burden to support herself and given the only option of quitting school.

So Ellie being Ellie as always decides that if she most likely had to spend the rest of her life in one place, why not use the one thousand dollars to move somewhere else? Which is how she ends up in Los Angeles.

Luck’s finally with her and she manages to find a nice little apartment thats pretty cheap.

Now all that’s left is too find a job…maybe a little run-in with hollywood’s current hearthrob could help with that?

Thanks so much! I’m REALLY bad at coming up with good titles ^_^

Administrator answers:

Twinless Fortune

Well your twin leaves you, leaving you twinless, but the twin leaves you a fortune.

Million Dollar Runaway:

Gets a million dollars and runs away. Or because the twin runs away.

Twins are Worth a MIllion:

Twin is really worth a million.

Idk, I suk at this to.

Ken asks…

How do i make a million before im 40?

I visited los angeles recently and want to move there. Apartments on the beach are not cheap at all. I want to move there while im young and can enjoy it :)

About me: im 16 about to get eagle scout, jr in high school, like cars and engieneering. Have money for collage and have a middle class family.

So what job field is the most lucrative? (please nothing to do with polotics) where can i learn about stocks and investing? Can i make good money from stocks? What steps should i take to get a million dollars (or a high income for a loan) as soon as possible?

Administrator answers:

It doesn’t matter what you do. Choose any path. Like a bunch of poor shites like us hanging out on yahoo q&a are gonna have rich schemes; if we did would we be hanging here or minding our hotel in the tropics?

Some helpful hints (you prolly already know).

It takes money to make money. Rich people get richer. Poor people get poorer.

Real estate is usually a good money maker if you don’t run into any problems. Build a hotel if in a good location, that kind of thing. Inventing something everyone wants might net coin but it’s favor lady luck.

- Don’t get caught up on ANY get rich quick scheme. They are all frauds.
- Don’t have a wife and kids.
- Take care of your health. Sick people don’t make money; they spend it on doctor bills.
- Work at the highest paying job you can find. Make good references. Keep looking for a higher paying job. Leave your job in good standing so if the next job doesn’t fly you can go back.
- Save, save, save, save, save.
- Be a smart shopper. No sports car but not a cheap piece of crap either.

Don’t forget the love of money doesn’t ask you to read it a bedtime story, doesn’t laugh at your jokes, and doesn’t carry over into eternity. But it sure as hell helps feed, clothe, and get proper medical treatment for those you care about.

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