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In client representation there’s this idea of “expectation management.” When dealing with a client, besides negotiating deals, navigating their career, and offering feedback, a huge part of the job is managing their expectations. A good manager understands this is how you keep a client motivated and working. It’s how you help them find long-term success in a business that will spit in your face. Then kick your dog, too.
There’s a direct correlation between how well you manage expectations and your understanding of the industry as a whole. A manager who’s worked in the business for 20 years sees the field differently from someone who’s been a producer for 5 minutes. They make connections others don’t see, like that director worked with that actor 12 years ago on that Oscar-nominated picture — and they absolutely can’t stand each other. They trust their instincts. They’re attuned to a rhythm others don’t feel.
Allow me to manage your expectations in moving to Los Angeles, through this guide. My goal is to create the definitive source of information for moving to Los Angeles — on the interwebs or in bookstores, whether it’s free or paid. I say this because I’ve read them all. I know what’s out there. I think we deserve better.
However, this is just a guide. It’s the hand on your shoulder and voice in your ear before an audition saying, “this is what you should expect from the casting director. This is what they’re looking for, this is how you should dress.” However, no one’s walking into the room with you. For that, you’re on your own.
There is no post titled “12 Easy Steps on How to Move to Los Angeles.” If that’s what you’re looking for, honestly, let me save you some time: stop reading. Go read BuzzFeed. See what’s currently trending on the topic. That shit ain’t here.
I bring it up because I’ve received half-legible, unintelligent emails from people who are unhappy with their lives and think a move to Los Angeles will fix things. They say things like:
- “I just need a little bit of help.”
- “Can you point me in the right direction?”
- “Hopefully I meet someone that’ll push me along.”
Every Monday for the next eight weeks, I’m going to answer those questions. It’s the bit of help I can provide, it’s the only compass I have, and my gentle prod (or swift kick in the ass). So let’s start.