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I warned Caroline that it's tough in LA, says Amanda

Hollywood wannabe Caroline Morahan turned to Amanda Byram for advice on life in Los Angeles before she jetted off to California last year.

Before settling in London, Amanda had been living in LA for a number of years as she carved out an impressive presenting career on US television, hosting shows like The Swan and Paradise Hotel.

Aspiring actress Caroline (33), who recently returned home to host a TV3 cosmetic surgery show, contacted the seasoned TV star for advice on how to make it Stateside ahead of her move there.

"Caroline is out in LA at the moment. She emailed me before she left and asked me for advice," Amanda explained.

"Obviously I gave her everything I could, but I told her I didn't go out there saying, 'I'm just going to pop into an agent and see if I can get work.'

"I was just really lucky. I was in the right place at the right time," she added.

She warned the former Off the Rails presenter that the industry is one of the toughest to crack and trying to land an agent, along with acting gigs, would be one of the hardest things she would ever do.

"If that's what you're thinking then don't because it's not that easy and there are thousands of girls trying to do that. It's a tough industry and I wouldn't wish going out there without a job on my worst enemy."

Morahan has failed to hit the spot since she landed in Los Angeles last year, despite declaring her dreams to be "the next Angelina Jolie".

But after securing just a small role in an as-yet unreleased indie film, the Dubliner has revealed that she does not see her long-term future in LA.

Instead, she is leaning towards a return to her previous career in television, and most likely with TV3 after RTE axed her as a presenter from Off The Rails.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time and making the most of my time in LA right now, but yes, of course I would like to and hope to work on Irish television," she said.

"It's an uncertain industry and you can't plan too much, but if the right project came up, then who knows? I would definitely consider it and try to work something out if it was right, whether it meant commuting between LA and Dublin or coming back.

"I wasn't expecting to get a job on [TV3's The Cosmetic Surgery Show], and it has worked out perfectly. I wouldn't rule anything out in terms of work. We're living in uncertain times and there's not a lot on offer out there. I'm not sure yet when I'll be back. I always said I was going for a year and we'll see what happens after that," she said.


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