Acting Advice

Ask Me: Moving to the USA?

aldes asked
your tumblr is really useful, I saw previously that you’re not from the US. Because I’m french and I want to furfill this dream. I have a good acting coach here. Well I wanna know if you made your us citizen paper before coming, or if you just came and tried it out. If I’m not wrong we can stay 3 months without a visa. But us : immigrants, can we work ( as a waiter first )as an actor here ? I mean it may be difficult to get a flat, get a driving licence, damn so many questions..

Hey there,

You are right. I’m a Brit. I got to come here because I have family in the US and then I stayed because I met my husband. It is quite difficult to get work papers here. You can possibly apply as an artist but you have to have placement with an agency first. Also, I’m not an immigration lawyer so I don’t really know all the details!

You can stay here for 3 months on your visa waiver but you won’t be able to work legally.

If I were you and thinking of trying out the city/country as an actor, I’d sign up for school. It is a great way to meet people who are in the same world as you plus you’ll be able to stay here longer than 3 months. Some schools offer sponsorship, which means you might be able to get a work permit? Not 100% sure on that. Otherwise, I don’t know if you’re allowed to work LEGALLY if you are on a school visa but a lot of jobs in the service world don’t require a social security number so you might find your way around it – but again, who am I to say.. I’m not savvy on the whole thing.

I can say this for certain, you won’t be able to work professionally as an actor at all. You will be able to do non-paid work for the internet or student films and some theater, but you won’t be able to work with an agent and get your face out there for the good, career-forwarding work.

Hope that helps answer your question at least a little. Please feel free to ask me anything you want. I’ll do my best to answer you as succinctly as possible!

About The NYC Actor

Angela Dee is a professional actress working in Film, Theatre, TV, Commercials and Voiceovers. She currently lives in New York.

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