Is 45 too late to get started?

by MariaSofia Tonino
(Long Beach, NY USA)

QUESTION:

I have been acting, singing and dancing for most of my life. Sadly my life took some very bad turns and I veered way off track for a very long time. I am now 45 years old and trying very hard to heal from my past and get the life I always wanted and deserved. Over the past 5 or 6 years I have studied acting at HB and TVI and have taken private classes from an amazing teacher. I want to continue to study but I would like to know if I am just too old to "get started" as an actress. I would like to be a working actress. It has been my dream since I was in junior high school, unfortunately my dreams were pretty much thrown away. I now have my dream back and really want to do it. Can you offer any suggestions. Yes, I am 45 years old but look at least 10 years younger and I am very physically fit. I speak English, Spanish and Italian fluently, if that helps at all. I can sing and dance and am very determined. I just don't know where to start. Can you help me please.

ANSWER:

I personnally think you're never too old to follow your dream. If your dream is to act, regardless of fame and fortune, you should be able to find auditions for smaller roles and non-union projects that you have a fair shot at. There are not many actresses who start at 45, which means there may be more non-union roles available than you realize. Speaking several languages fluently, especially Spanish, will also come in handy when the right auditions come along. Just continue to study so you can be ready when opportunities come your way and submit to auditions based on your age range, not your actual age. Once you start building your resume, you can go after bigger roles too.

Good luck.

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This is a great post
by: Anonymous

There are probably more of us out there who have totally given up and won't even search "start acting at 45 years Old". A support team, even if virtual, would be wonderful. By the way I read the first 2 chapters of Acting the first 6 lessons last night. I have had the book for over 20 years -that is another story- anyway. Chills went up and down my spine. I took it as my spirit telling me "yep- this has been your dream"

Best to all

warmly

almost 45 aspiring performer of stage and film

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what a coincidence
by: Mia

I typed in the search "is it too late to become an actress and model at 45" and it led me to this. I had the same path as you. In my teens and early 20s I danced, wanted to major in theater in college, and was getting ready to start modeling when my dreams got derailed and I never fought for them. I spent my life being resentful of the persons involved, but realized just recently that many of them are enjoying pursuing the fruits of their dreams, and that it was time to stand up for myself. I don't know how much of your detail is the same, but we've arrived at the same place. I'm getting ready to move forward, I will be 45 in just a few months. Go for it. You can't go through the usual channels the younger ones do, you have to do you- be Brand You! Best of luck!!!

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It's never too late!
by: William Unwin

Hi. Your post really struck a chord with me. After bumbling my way through life without a dream I woke up at 43 and decided I wanted to perform. It's frustrating looking back and thinking how life could have been different if only I'd found and followed my dream sooner, but at least I've found it now and am doing something about it.

In the last 6 months I've done a Dickens play, a music video, a corporate training film (paid!) and am currently filming a mockumentary, with another 3 short films lined up. I've also just landed a paid role in a full length film later this year. I've had lots of knock-backs, but there are always other roles and opportunities coming along.

I guess what I'm really saying is, no, 45 isn't too late to get started!!

There are amateur roles and student films to help gain some experience. There's often also photographers who need help building their own portfolios who'll give free or discounted shoots, so you can get decent headshots etc. Each hing you do is a rung on the ladder. I may be a long ladder, but keep climbing and keep smiling :-)

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