Acting is something you can do and start at any age.
Do you know what the difference between a dream and a goal is? A dream is a fantasy, of something that you desire but don't pursue on a realistic level. A goal you pursue by taking the necessary and realistic steps, by doing all the work it takes to get there.
So if you were to start pursuing an acting career at 29, are you planning on following a dream or a goal? If it's a dream, if what you're fantasizing about is the red carpets, fans, money, fame... I'd forget about it. Because not only is this the wrong reason to pursue any career, it's also highly-likely. That's a very small portion in the life of a very small portion of actors. The reality of acting is nothing like people usually imagine, and you might be more interested in that - in the fantasy of a glamorous lifestyle.
But if you're serious, you'll need to make it into an actual plan. You'll need to be passionate about the CRAFT of acting, every aspect of it. You'll need to invest a huge amount of money, time, and work. You'll need to make sacrifices. And you'll need to focus on developing your skills as an actor and to understand how this industry works way way way before you even think about "Hollywood".
But even before that, before you spend all that money, work, and time and make sacrifices, I suggest that you get into some acting classes, something low-key just to get a sense of it. Find out A)what acting really is, B)if you're even good at it, C)if you're even capable of pursuing it on a professional level. In addition, research the business side. Find out about the realities of it. There's a very good chance it's not for you at all, it's not for most people.
If you realize that it is something you'd like to pursue seriously, as a goal, then start working toward it. Spend the next 7-10 years building a strong resume. No legit agent will even consider taking you on without it. And without an agent you will not be able to go to auditions for professional productions - those are not open to the general public. No one hires or auditions amateurs or beginners, only highly-trained and highly-experienced talented people. Your resume should include training in the form of a top-quality acting school (where well-known and respected acting teachers teach and successful actors graduated from, not just any acting classes), workshops, etc. In addition, plenty of low-level experience in the form of student and indie films, as well as youth and/or community theater. Constantly land leading roles. Win some awards for your acting. In addition, take vocal and dancing lessons as well as other skills you can master and then add to your resume to give it a boost (for example: horseback riding, martial arts, acrobatics, dialects, etc.).
Once you've got all of that under your belt, move to LA (or "Hollywood") and continue getting experience and training. You'll also need a day job because LA is an expensive city and acting doesn't pay the bills. That job needs to be flexible enough for you to take off in the middle of the day to go to auditions, rehearsals, readings, (more) acting classes and (more) dancing and vocal lessons . There's no point in moving to "Hollywood" before you're ready, you'll just go broke and head back home.
Then and only then(!) legit agents will be willing to consider you, probably through a referral from someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher, or even a fellow actor). That's how you usually get an agent, which means that in addition to everything else you'd also need to network and make connections. You'd need to learn this business side. That's what it is, after all - show BUSINESS. No one's in this to make your dreams come true, they're in this to make money. They also invest a ton of money and agents make money when you book a job, so they're all looking for people who know what they're doing, not people with dreams.
With all of that being said, if you start working toward it now you will be able to start going to real auditions at the age of 36-39. And that still doesn't mean you will be lucky enough to get more than a few minor roles, on minor productions, your entire career. That's the case for 99% of professional actors. If it's worth it for you, and if it makes sense given where you are in life right now (family, money, house, etc.) then make some sacrifices and give it a go. It is worth it for people who are truly passionate about acting - that's probably the most important part of it. If it's not, then it's a waste of time even if you are 12. That's for you to decide.
· 4 months ago