"Is it for school? A job?"
Those are the assumptions I get most of the time; and to be frank, it makes sense. Usually you hear of actors moving to L.A. or New York, but London? That's not something that's common amongst North American actors. So why? The most common response I give is that I was bored. And that is true. It was a dreary January day and I decided that I wanted to do something over the summer that involved travelling and also serving my career, so I thought, why not train internationally? London was an immediate choice because I've always admired British actors such as: Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Julie Andrews, etc. Of course, there was also Shakespeare, amongst many other great playwrights whom the United Kingdom produced. Moreover, I was there for a mere two days two years ago and absolutely fell in love with the city. I should also add that the United States was never on my radar to train because I refuse to enter Trump Land. (No offence to the Americans I know who reject the current POTUS and his administration.)
Back to that dreary January day.
I decided to take a three week summer course specializing in Shakespeare at Guildhall. After applying, I had this crazy idea that I could just stay there after the program. I looked into visas, purely out of curiosity, and discovered I was eligible for two: the Youth Mobility visa and the Ancestry visa. The sparks in my brain began to stir and for the first time I thought to myself "I could seriously do this." I called my parents with this crazy idea thinking that they would deter me and tell me I was being too impulsive. (I do have a history of impulsivity.) They were thrilled and told me I should definitely do it, and have been a rock of encouragement ever since.
But then there was the acting part. I googled "American actors in London" and everything surrounding that concept, but almost nothing came up. This was new territory, apparently. I did find one article that mentioned that the American accent could be a strength because I'd be sent out for distinctly American roles. (By the way, I say "American" because the Canadian and American accents are very similar, and I've also been trained to speak standard American, so my Canadian-isms are almost non-existent anymore.)
The long and short of it is that I've always wanted to live abroad, I'm single, I'm finally out of school, I'm not in a committed job, and the acting thing isn't really doing much for me in Toronto.
So basically, why the hell not?