Older Actor? It’s Never Too Late to Act

by actorguru on August 6, 2008

in Encouragement

You still have the acting bug, eh?  Are you an older actor trying to jump start your career again?  Or maybe you’re a senior who always had dreams of becoming an actor?  Well, guess what?  We’re here to tell ya that it’s never too late to become an actor.  That’s right, it’s not too late.  You can do it.

Here are some suggestions in how you can fulfill your dream of becoming an actor.  The good part is that there are always roles for seniors.  It may not be many, but they’re out there.  Here are some things you can do to revive or jumpstart your acting career.

1. Start doing local plays.  Check your local paper for auditions being held in your area.

2. Do extra work. While you’re looking wanting for that next role, try doing background work.

3. Join ActorsAccess.com. Upload your headshot and resume’ and submit to casting calls.

4. Audition for college films. Many film students are looking for various types for their film projects.

5. Be a one man/woman show. Find a play surrounded around a solo character and perform it locally.

Of course, there will be more opportunity for you if you’re located in a major city such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and others. You can also join a commercial workshop and do commercials. There’s a lot of work for you there. The next time you’re watching the telly, study the commercials. Middle agers and seniors are working more than you think. Even if you manage to book a Motrin or pharmaceutical commercial–you’re working.

As a last resort, you can also look into doing print work. Going this route may open up more doors for you and lead you to doing acting work. There are more than a few actors who started late in their careers to become successful actors. Morgan Freeman, Danny Aiello, Zelda Rubinstein, Clara Peller, Rodney Dangerfield, and Kathy Bates are just a few.

  • Floyd

    Judd Hirsch and George Wendt may also have started late.

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