Acting as a career involves more than just performing in movies. Working actors perform in live theater productions, at theme parks, in commercials, and on television shows. As actors start their careers, many work multiple jobs, such as working as extras in films or TV, to support themselves financially.
There are no formal education requirements to become an actor but a bachelor's degree in theater arts, drama, acting and performing, may be helpful in learning technical skills. Experience is of great importance in this career, as experience leads to bigger and higher paying roles. Skills an actor needs include creativity, speaking skills, literacy and reading skills, memorization, physical stamina, persistence, discipline, dedication, and ability to communicate with a wide variety of people.
Going into an audition can be intimidating enough without having to worry about your age. Your sides, looking “the type,” and worrying if you’re underprepared cause enough anxiety without feeling like you’re the oldest one in the room.
But remember: Age is just a number. In the acting world, it’s easy to feel like everyone around you has been performing since they were 12 years old, because many of them have. But just because they might have a few years on you in terms of life experience, it doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to share the stage or screen.
Think about all the actors you know and love now who weren’t household names back in their teens or twenties: Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Bryan Cranston, Kathy Bates, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, Alan Rickman, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Lucille Ball. They’re among the elite who decided to defy the odds at their “older” age and become or keep striving for success as actors.
You didn’t take lessons when you were 10? You weren’t a drama major in school? You haven’t appeared in dozens of plays at your local theater over the years? You’re definitely not alone—we promise.
If you’re going to become an actor later in life, you’ll need both a touch of humility and a lot of confidence along with patience, hope, and persistence. You’ll also need answers to a few questions, which we at Backstage are happy to provide.
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