I am taken by the amount of resumes we are sent by people who want to become pro prop makers in Hollywood.Shoot for your dreams,life is short.Prop builders are a strange lot and the popularity of Comic Con shows just how good the people working from their kitchen table or garage have become.
Hollywood is a tough nut to crack.If I was starting out today,as I did in 1972 I would go to Atlanta.More opportunities.
It is more wide open in the South right now talented young prop makers can get a foot in the door which is always hard in Hollywood no matter what your ambition is,Special Effects,Prop Maker,Costume Builder,Sculptor,prop Electronics.or Mechanical Special Effects.Just go for it!