Traveling as a Working Actor {Part 1}

This has proved to be one of the most simple things....that is complicated so unbelievably by the unpredictability of an actors schedule. 

I am currently on a 3 week trip and I am so excited and also so scared. The best dates for our dollar landed during the not so quiet season for acting. Blah. 

What are these dates? When should you actually plan a trip?

Let's discuss.

 This is Bryce Canyon, it's freaking beautiful. Also we hiked 10 miles right before I got a last minute self-tape request back at our hotel...

This is Bryce Canyon, it's freaking beautiful. Also we hiked 10 miles right before I got a last minute self-tape request back at our hotel...


When to leave town...ish.

There are NO hard and fast rules and things kind of happen on a whim (especially when there is money involved) but these are the general times I have heard over and over again and confirmed with an agent. 

January-April: Although "pilot season" is rumored to be dead, this post-holday/pre-summer section of the year is still very active. Ideally Mon-Fri plans are kept very flexible...ie: don't buy super expensive nonrefundable plane tickets.

May-July: Huzzah! Summer break is alive and well not just for teachers and students! This is a great time to ditch the smog-city and fly somewhere far far away. Unfortunately this is also when everyone else is doing the same thing so it's expensive. Boo. Side-note: I have booked summer indie projects almost yearly since moving to LA, so don't think there is a big empty void! It's just a little quieter in TV land for sure.

August-November: Also a pretty active season. Lot's of co-star/guest star work going around. And right before the holidays, advertisers try to use up the remainder of their yearly budget, so lots of commercial/print work happening. 

December: Easy misconstrued as a dead month, but the first two weeks can be potentially jam-packed with casting agents tying up loose ends before leaving for the holiday break. I like staying in town until the 22nd or 23rd, there are always last minute calls and 3/4 of my fellow actors [competition] are back home eating cookies by then. Score!


 Sometimes you get to travel FOR work, that's the best. This was after a film I shot in France in 2016. We had extra days padded into the schedule for filming that we didn't need. So when we wrapped, my boyfriend flew out to Paris and we had the most impromptu vacation ever (buying 1 plane ticket instead of a whole trip makes is a LOT more affordable). 

Sometimes you get to travel FOR work, that's the best. This was after a film I shot in France in 2016. We had extra days padded into the schedule for filming that we didn't need. So when we wrapped, my boyfriend flew out to Paris and we had the most impromptu vacation ever (buying 1 plane ticket instead of a whole trip makes is a LOT more affordable). 

So you've got a plan and booked some stuff? Great. Now what?

Don't worry, I'll be back shortly with some more actor-friendly travel tips and what I always pack no matter what! Keep an eye out and let me know below or on Instagram if you agree with my calendar of travel times! :)