It’s true that breaking into the film industry is more about who you know than what you know. While having the talent and the drive to do the job, you need to meet the right people in order to get the chance to prove yourself. In LA there are many places to meet the influential people. The ongoing joke is that the best place to network is in the Hollywood bars and clubs. The second best place is at AA meetings. Here are some of the best bars for networking in Los Angeles.
113 N Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
A lot of famous faces eat at The Ivy and have been photographed dining on the patio. From Jessica Simpson to Kim Kardashian and everyone in between. It’s the faces of the people dining with the celebrities that you want to take note of. These people are the movers, shakers, assistants, friends and the people you’re more likely to make traction with. You may have to check them out from across the street unless you can afford a $30 cobb salad.
The Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The heavy hitters of Hollywood have been known to patronize this five star Beverly Hills restaurant. From Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp to Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, The Polo Lounge is the best spot for networking and celebrity watching. The weekend is mostly for tourists and evenings are packed with the most beautiful people hoping to be discovered. If you want to see the real powers of Hollywood, stop in for breakfast as million dollar deals are made before 11a.m.
1155 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Ammo is the perfect location between Century City and the valley which is why many of agents, producers and executives meet here for business lunches. It’s a comfortable atmosphere with a price range that most people can afford so your mission to make a connection in the industry won’t break your bank. You never know who could be at the table next to you so mind your table manners. Having a cocktail at the bar is a great way to run into industry people while they wait to be seated on busy nights. Keep in mind the industry big wigs have been going to Ammo for years and don’t usually wait for a table.
10100 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Behind every successful actor, writer and artist is an agent who got them the right deals. Agents are the real hustlers of Hollywood and if you have one of them backing you, you’re headed in the right direction. But getting one is a challenge. If you don’t know someone who is already repped you can try meeting one on neutral territory. Craft is a favorite haunt of agents from WME. A little advice from one of them is considered gold. But these guys are top of the line so bring your best if you think you have what it takes.
11938 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Are you a fan of The Big Bang Theory or NCIS? Looking to get an inside scoop on auditions or pilots in production? Then you might want to head over to Laurel Tavern. A popular haunt for TV industry people, the service is fast and friendly and the food is really good, attracting everyone from grips to talent. The casual atmosphere and great jukebox makes starting a conversation with the person next to you pretty easy. Happy hour prices also make networking easier on the wallet as well.
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