So, you’ve gotten a few credits under your belt and you’re well on your way to entertainment success!  Congratulations!  Now, you’re considering making a big move.  But, your finances are limited and you’re looking for ways to save a buck along the way.  What can you do to minimize your expenses while maximizing success?

Catch a Red Eye

If you’re looking to jet to a new locale, you can save on flight expenses by opting to board during an off-time.  Avoiding peak times of the day or year is the best option to save on a ticket.  Never book a flight during a top travel holiday if you can help it and opt for departing during a weekday when prices drop.  Book in advance whenever possible and you’ll be more likely to save.

Get a Roommate

Instead of paying full price for your rent, which can cost a boatload in top cities like NYC and L.A., share your space with someone else.  Of course, you’ll want to make sure you do your research ahead of time and partner up with someone who is trustworthy and, preferably, in the same boat.  Agencies sometimes offer housing if you’re lucky enough to sign.

 Consider a Mid-Sized Market First

Sometimes it’s simply best to opt for a market in which you’ll get a fair amount of work and still be able to bank your efforts.  If there’s a hotspot relatively close to where you already live, great.  You might also simply consider getting some digs outside of a bigger market and commuting for gigs.

Take Public Transportation. Or Walk

Speaking of commuting, you’ll want to research which methods of transportation offer the cheapest fares while still getting reliable service.  You may be able to pay less when purchasing a monthly pass.  If you’re close enough to where you need to be, always opt to walk.  Just allow yourself enough time to get to where you need to be on time.

Consider a 9-5

You’ll need a way to fund your efforts, and unless you have an infinite amount of reserves prior to relocating, chances are you’ll have to land a flexible day job to support yourself.  Many models and actors prefer the shifts available in the restaurant and retail industries, which are typically more flexible than corporate positions.  You may be operating on little sleep in the beginning, but this is a necessary balancing act, so you can stay in the game as long as possible.

No one said it would be easy to get yourself out there in a large market, but this is definitely where you need to be to take your career to the next level.  Make sure to do your research ahead of time and set yourself up for success.  Saving up some funds along the way will help ensure you can continue to pursue your dreams…at all costs.  For more tips, see this article at LifeHacker.