HOLLYWOOD NORTH MIGHT BE BETTER FIT FOR ACTORS THAN HOLLYWOOD ITSELF

'Vancouver is a strategic opportunity for me because it's less saturated than L.A,' says actor.

Vancouver-based actor Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh in The Flash. (Bettina Strauss/The CW)

With so many film productions in the works in B.C., some actors are choosing Hollywood North over the real Hollywood.

It is peak season for Metro Vancouver’s film industry. Dozens of TV pilots, series, and feature length films are shooting in the area through the spring and summer.

Tyman Stewart, president of the Characters Talent Agency, said he is starting to see more actors drawn to Vancouver to launch their careers.

“We are just above Los Angeles,” said Stewart. “The opportunities we get here are exponentially larger than in Toronto, the U.K or New York because we are right above the hub of how this business works.”

Vancouver’s convenient location and the widespread use of technology that allows actors to send audition recordings from anywhere have made it so actors do not have to move to L.A. to land work, according to Stewart.

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