An LA Actor asked me why Las Vegas has no actors, acting schools or Equity theater.
I replied we have all three, but scattered around town and under-used.
People do not want to pay for Equity guest artist or the prices when they perform at the Smith Center or the Strip. Actors are only as good as their options to auditon and work...
We have actors, and a deep pool at that.
We are underused and under appreciated.
There are reasons...
To many in LA SAG-AFTRA means professional and trained in acting on a serious level is the mark of an actor, not just putting it on a resume and saying you are an actor.
Having auditioned and even lived here, they did not believe me. Teachers cut each other down or keep a distance, students skip classes or do not attend on regular basis, theater is non-union except for guest artist at the university and so called actror think SAG-e means they can act.
That is not how LA actors, agents, casting directors, producers and directors see the world.
In fact producers pay more to bring in actors they trust who they know will get the job done professionally, rather than audition or seriously consider local Las Vegas talent.
We can change that if we focus on auditions, professionalism and getting the job done.
Attend a class multiple days a week, show up, be professional enough to call with a conflict, love what you do and be open to change, growth and stretching your talents and skills.
Too few Las Vegas actors study, and those that do consider one to three hours every few weeks enough. Many actors in Las Vegas have little but background credits (it is OK to do background if that is what you love or if you do it for a short while to learn what sets are like, but Hollywood closed the door on you if you do it too often or too long...be proud if background talent is your goal and you love doing it! Actors need to study and move beyond that.
It amazes me how many actors in Las Vegas do not memorize scene, never work them out of class, do not show up for their scene partners at class, and do not even notify the instructor of that they will not make a class and why they are missing class.
This level of unprofessionalism exist in LA and NYC, but so do thousands of actors who would never think of missing a class, not working on material between class and keeping their commitments (vital to work and referral in the industry).
Why do so many Las Vegas actors feel they can miss as they please and not do their homework. To land decent roles and to work in the industry...to practice the craft much less the art...homework is key and should be second nature.
Background talent is one of many professions in our industry, and should be respected. We are proud of our union background community here in Nevada and of the work we have done this past year, over the past few years and over the decades going back to "Diamonds are Forever" and "Ve$as." But from Hollywood's perspective (right or wrong) being background does not qualify you to be an actor.
For roles you need to impress the industry and learn to audition, to develop your talents, and not just from an occasional guest speaker or conservatory. There are many talented teacher and coaches in town. We are scattered geographically, do not often cross-promote, work against each other at times to generate revenue by "stealing" students, and at least one bad mouths all others. I do not steal, and I do cross promote. A few who want to study with me is a few that get the most out of what I have to offer. There are others who do this as well.
I invite you to sample Lynch Coaching, the Art Lynch Acting Studio
Rose Hill: There's also not enough work in Las Vegas and there are many reasons for this. Talents are not business-oriented in the industry through the years to produce their own films to keep the industry growing in Las Vegas. Most of the talents in Las Vegas join the union and do just background work, but they don't produce union films; and similar with non-union actors or because they don't get booked after auditioning in LA, they just give up to do sth else. However, in LA the education on 'the business of this industry' is focused, for example: film students produce their own films and keep going, and they keep auditioning and keep producing other projects after graduation; most successful Academy nominees or winning actors end up producing their own films, own their studios and they remain in the industry which keeps going...