Finding work as an actor is a difficult journey that takes even some of the best actors in the world years to break through. There are over 120,000 Screen Actors Guild actors in Los Angeles. At a given time, 85% of them are out of work. The average salary of a typical SAG member in Hollywood is less than $10,000. Many struggle to earn the required $7,500 per year to keep their health benefits through the Guild. About a fifth of all SAG members eventually get starring roles and make decent money, but only 1% become household names with multimillion dollar movie roles consistently hitting their plates. In other words, it’s extremely difficult to break into the acting industry in Hollywood, even if you are talented.
For those just starting out, the best thing you can do is try to improve your skills and your network every day. You will have many days in which you don’t work. Auditions for unknown, struggling actors are few and far between. Even if you have many thousands of hours acting in front of live audiences or in front of a camera, you should continually hone your acting skills and meet people who can help you with your career.
Kim Tassinari is trying to restart her career by becoming an actor in Hollywood. She spent the previous fifteen years as a family doctor in the Hollywood area. She has worked with the families of many Hollywood stars and decided that, after she retired, she would pursue her old dream of acting. She has already landed work for a local company doing television advertisements.