Where to Get Discovered in L.A.

22Feb08

Actors move to L.A. every day, hoping to be “discovered.” Some times, it actually happens. But, when and where it happens, is the stuff of legend.

One of the more popular stories of discovery involves screen actress Lana Turner, of The Postman Always Rings Twice fame. Legend has it that Turner was discovered at Schwab’s drug store on Sunset & Laurel. But, it was actually at the Top Hat Cafe at Sunset & McCadden. She skipped typing class at Hollywood High to buy a Coke at the Top Hat, where she was spotted by William R. Wilkerson, publisher of the Hollywood Reporter. Still, the story of Schwab’s stuck, and hopefuls swarmed the place for years.

LA.com has complied their own list of the top 10 places to get discovered in Hollywood , and some of them are even in Hollywood.

  1. The Stand–Century City It is but a humble hot dog stand, but it’s on the CAA premises. How alluringly can you navigate your chili dog for the men in suits?
  2. Hotel Cafe This music venue keeps itself out of the tabloids, but it’s actually one of Hollywood’s most respected spots for indie acts and big stars looking for a small venue. Plenty of music-industry heavies hang here.
  3. Fred Segal—West Hollywood It’s not just a huge, fancy department store. It’s also a celebrity magnet, a paparazzi haunt, and a favorite among ladies (and gentlemen) who lunch. Working here or just standing around looking fabulous could lead to a big break.
  4. Cut Wolfgang Puck’s latest (and maybe greatest) has increased the celebrity presence at the Beverly Wilshire more than ever. But it’s the faces you don’t recognize that can make someone’s career: agents, producers and moguls.
  5. Tuesday at Guy’s With no sign and a subdued location, Guy’s is a secret garden for the young and wealthy. Tuesday nights host karaoke: Singing a Christina Aguilera song is scary, sure, but what if you nail it while she and her people are in the audience?
  6. Writer’s Bar at Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Shhh….people need to concentrate. Actually, not much writing goes on here, just plenty of Industry meeting and greeting.
  7. Millennium Dance Complex Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are but two of the stars who have trained here, and J. Lo chose it as the spot for her tightly scripted reality show about up-and-coming dancers. If already being on TV isn’t a way to get discovered, we don’t know what is.
  8. Equinox Spa The Century City location is buzzing with Industry folk pretending to relax while actually working on their next deal.
  9. Chateau Marmont This legendary hotel is never short on star wattage or producer power. The bar, the pool and the impromptu parties that spring up in the rooms are all good places to be.
  10. Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills As the go-to hotel for press junkets and swag suites, this place is always jumping with power players. Just wandering the halls may put you in sight of a director like Quentin Tarantino. The rest is up to you.
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5 Responses to “Where to Get Discovered in L.A.”

  1. me and my girlfriend would always frequent karaoke bars because we love to sing ,;:

  2. Great article! I like how you cut right to the point and listed the locations. I’d like to add that many artists, whether they act, sing, and/or dance, which is very common place now with record labels focused on 360 deals. Sure you can “get discovered” by being seen and heard at popular handouts, but many artists don’t know how to even get started with the confidence to get out there. Increase your odds of “getting discovered” by discovering yourself. If you are a young artist, then Camp “Be IT!” may be the best thing you’ve ever experienced. Not only will you be seen by top professionals in the entertainment business, but you will gain the knowledge and skills to “get discovered” and Be IT!

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