The bright lights of Broadway and allure of Hollywood may appeal to many aspiring actors and performers – however,
many actors and production companies are making the move to Atlanta due to the high volume of auditions and productions currently being filmed in and around the city.
The Top 5 Reasons Actors Should Move To Atlanta
1. According to Casting Networks®, as of February 2023, there are currently hundreds of casting calls listed in Atlanta, Georgia,
making it one of the best places to land an audition in North America.
2. In addition, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) provides a Film Tax Incentive for production companies,
which has made the “Peach State” a lot more appealing to production companies.
3. The city boasts iconic filming locations such as The Atlanta White House, Piedmont Park, and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, making it a hotspot for location scouts.
There are countless landmarks ideal for production companies wanting to film a modern TV drama based in a bustling modern city, or period pieces based in 18th-century America.
4. Atlanta is also a more affordable city for actors to call home, in comparison to LA and NYC.
The average monthly rent for an apartment in Atlanta is $1,880, whereas in LA it is 48% higher at $2,734 per month,
and the average apartment in Queens, NY costs $2,798 per month.
5. It’s not just the amount of acting work and cost-of-living that makes Atlanta so appealing to aspiring and seasoned actors.
Famed for its rich history and Southern hospitality, the city as a whole offers a more down-to-earth vibe in comparison to big acting cities such as LA and NYC.
Atlanta-based actor Matthew Cornwall explains the appeal of working in Atlanta:
“Crew and cast members who come into town [Atlanta] for a production always comment on how nice people are here.
“I think it’s refreshing that, in general, we’re not so caught up with the industry in Atlanta.”
Quick Facts About The Atlanta & Georgia Film Industry
● 2022 was a chart-topping year for the film industry in Atlanta. The Georgia film industry brought as much as $4.4 billion to the Georgia economy during fiscal year
● Georgia was the first state to provide a COVID-19 “best practices” guide for film and television, helping the industry to return to production faster than in other production hubs.
● Fear The Walking Dead, Gotham Knights, True Lies, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and Kingdom Business are all currently being filmed in Atlanta.
Notable Movies & TV Shows Filmed In Atlanta
● Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Angela Bassett won “Best Supporting Actress” at the Critics Choice Awards 2023 for her role in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
● Cobra Kai
● Ozark – Julia Garner won “Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series” at the 2023 Golden Globes for her role as Ruth in the Atlanta-filmed series “Ozark”
● Stranger Things
Famous Actors Who Are Rumored To Live In Atlanta
● Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – known for WWE, Moana and Jumanji
● Jamie Chung – known for The Gifted
● Donald Glover – known for Community and his own show Atlanta
If you feel like calling Atlanta your new home as an actor, you’ve definitely made the right choice!