Making a Living While Trying to Make it Big

Being a successful actor is the ultimate dream for many, but reality for few. Acting is one of the most if not the most competitive careers in the world. Making a living while trying to “make it” can be tough, since Los Angeles/Hollywood is one of the most expensive cities in the US. While trying to catch your big break, here are some great ideas for income opportunities:


This may seem a cliche side job for an up and coming actor, but there’s a reason serving tables is a tried and true income option. The flexible schedule allows you to trade shifts with your co-workers when an audition pops up, and, if you’re good at it, tips can be pretty good money. This is especially true in Los Angeles, where some of the trendier restaurants are hangouts for the Hollywood big shots. There’s a good opportunity to network while getting tips, so it’s really a win-win for those still looking to get their big break.


Like waiting tables, bartending is a great way to earn a full-time income while working flexible, part-time hours. Working at a popular nightclub or a fancy restaurant in Los Angeles or New York can earn you some serious cash, all while keeping you free for auditions.


Provide Another Type of Service

Nanny, dog walker, pet sitter, and even personal assistant are all unique services you can provide that people in New York and Los Angeles would be willing to pay top dollar for. It might not be as easy to get your foot in the door like waiting tables or bartending, but if you find a way to market yourself appropriately, you might have quite the business going for yourself that will support you while you audition.


Okay, so this is no one’s dream job. But, unpleasant as it may be, it can pay the bills. You might even consider role-playing on one of the 1-900 phone companies. It’s not the most respectable acting gig, but hey, there’s money to be made if you need it.

Blogger/Web Writer

If you’re computer savvy and have a way with words, you might want to look for opportunities for someone to pay you to write web related content. A digital media company may hire you to write web page content or manage the social media pages of their clients. You can also try blogging. A successful personal blog may get you advertising revenue, as well as a certain breakthrough fame to get your foot in the door on your other endeavors.

For more great tips on how to make it by financially while trying to make it big as an actor, you can read our post here. Being an actor requires a lot of hard work and perseverance. CGTV’s program prepares young talent every step of the way. To read testimonials, success stories, and to learn more about our program, please visit our website or call (818) 284-6698!