Can You Still Get into Entertainment if You’re Older?

By on October 28, 2019

It’s very easy to feel like everyone in the entertainment industry is young or got their start when they were in their teens or early 20s. While many have, there are also plenty who got their start later in life (think Lynn-Holly Johnson, Alan Rickman, Steve Carell, and Lucille Ball). If you’re “older” and have dreams of becoming an actor, it’s still entirely possible. Here are a few tips to help.

Take Some Classes

You might have dreams of working with famous directors like James Cameron or Heather Parry. If you’ve never acted before, however, take some time to learn the basics. Look for local classes and sign up. As you learn, you can start taking more advanced classes to improve your skills.

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Find Auditions

The internet has made it much easier to search out auditions in nearby cities. Take a look to see if there are any near you. Some websites will post casting calls for people of certain age groups. While the auditions for older adults might not be as plentiful, you may still find some. Being older, this may give you an advantage. There may not be as many older adults looking for acting jobs, so you are likely to have less competition.

Be Bold

This doesn’t mean that you have to pack your bags and risk everything in a move to Hollywood or another big city where entertainment is booming. Be bold and take opportunities as they come. Perhaps you know a film student in need of actors or your local community is putting on a play. Maybe there’s a casting call for extras. All of these can help you to build your resume and show that you have what it takes.

Just because you didn’t get a degree in drama, you weren’t the star of your community theater when you were in high school, or you haven’t been taking acting lessons since childhood, that doesn’t mean you missed your chance.


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Can You Still Get into Entertainment if You’re Older?