Does height matter for acting?

QUESTION:

I'm 17 years old girl, and I'm 5 feet tall, I have no acting experience but I really want to start acting and I believe that I can do it but I just wanted to know if my height will be a problem?
Also I have an accent because I'm not American, would that be a problem?

ANSWER:

Some people may say that it makes it difficult to get work in film if you're only 5 feet, because of framing, but through the years, there's been many successful actors who are very short or very tall. Directors work around the problem, so I wouldn't let the height stop you. If you're interested in theater, there may even be opportunities to play younger characters because of your height.

The accent makes it difficult to book a range of roles, though. Depending on your accent, there may be many roles for you, or very few, but either way, if you're serious about an acting career, consider an accent elimination class to learn standard American speech, so you can have a bigger range.

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