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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheatre & Acting · 2 months ago

Can you become an actor and start an acting career at 26 almost 27 even though we are in a pandemic?

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  • 1 month ago

    You can become an actor at any age - just don't expect to be "asked" unless and until you work in repertory - buy your way in - contribute to their overheads/publicity and you'll get the best parts.

  • 1 month ago

    Since acting careers start with getting quality training from well-respected instructors it might possible to do that now depending on whether or not there are classes where you are.

    It’s also possible to research and learn what is actually involved in attempting a professional acting career.  It’s not what most people think.  You’d need to understand things like the casting process (agents, breakdowns, casting directors); legal issues (contracts, unions, taxes); and marketing (headshots, resumes, show reels, website, social media).  Attempting an acting career is like starting and running a business where you are the product being marketed and sold - so understanding the business end of things is important.

    It’s also possible to network and begin working on building connections in the industry.  And you can work on developing a business plan on how you want to approach a career.

    It’s possible to work another job to start to save up the money you need to invest in a professional acting career (like paying for classes, buying head shots and other marketing materials).

    What is not possible is to expect to be able to go to some open audition and be “discovered” or something. The industry just doesn’t work that way (pandemic or not).

  • 2 months ago

    "Can" you? Yes, of course.

    Is it remotely within the bounds of probability?

    Frankly, no.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    In Britain most theatres are out of action at the moment, though desperately hoping to be allowed to open for the panto season around Christmas.

    I guess in general that now is a bad time to try to launch a career as an actor at any age.

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  • 2 months ago

    It would be very difficult right now but some things are going back into production in some places.

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Blackgrumpycat is perfectly right. There is no way for anyone to pursue an acting career at the moment.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You can start *pursuing* an acting career at any age. But there's a few "but's".

    First, you can't just go to auditions for professional work, they are not open to the general public. You need an agent. But you can't just hire one, especially not yet. No legit agent takes on beginners or amateurs. Only talented, highly-trained and highly experienced people with a strong resume to back it all up. Since you're asking this question it's only reasonable to assume you're not ready for an agent and therefore not ready to work professionally. So where do you start? At square one. Square one is adopting a realistic and mature approach. No one's just discovered and handed an acting career. It's not like in the movies. The reality is VERY different from what people imagine and you might be more interested in the fantasy of what you THINK it's like. This is show BUSINESS. Understand that no one's in this to make your dreams come true, they're in this to make money. Productions invest tons of money and they need to know it's in the hands of people who know what they're doing.

    With that being said, before you go and invest so much time, money, and work, research all about the business side. That's what it is after all - show BUSINESS. Being an actor is like running a business where you are the product you need to market and sell. You need to know all about the industry, how you fit into it, and how to navigate it. Backstage. com is a good place to start. Then, if you've never acted before make sure it's even worth it. That it's for you at all. Get into some local, low-key acting classes. Listen to the feedback. See if you can handle it. See if you're good at the craft and if you enjoy it. In short, see if you're capable of pursuing it on a professional level, mentally ad physically. Make sure you have a true passion for the CRAFT itself - as opposed to the fantasy of being rich and famous, having fans, walking on red carpets, taking interviews, etc. If you do it for the wrong reasons you will fail before you even start.If after all of that you find that acting is for you and you're still interested in pursuing a career in it, and if you're capable of pursuing it mentally, physically AND financially, start building a resume strong enough to impress potential agents: Apply to a top-quality acting school (where well-known and respected teachers teach and successful professionals graduated from, not just any acting classes). Get yet more training in the form of workshops and masterclass and the likes (also run by well-known and respected people). In addition, start auditioning for any local non-professional work you can, such as student and indie films. Also audition for or join a community theater. Anything that doesn't require an agent. Constantly land leading roles. Win awards for your acting. Take vocal and dance lessons. Also study and master other skills to give your resume a boost (for example: horseback riding, ice-skating, martial arts, acrobatics, dialects, mime, etc.).

    You can do all of that at any age. But building an impressive resume takes about a decade of hard work, give or take. That means that by the time you'll be ready for an agent and for professional acting jobs, by that *become* a professional actor, you will be 36-37, give or take. Understand that.

    Once you've got an impressive resume under your belt, unless what you want is to act locally rather than nationally you'll need to move to LA (or NYC with just less opportunities but more for theater). Continue getting training and experience till someone you've worked with and impressed (like a director, a producer, an acting teacher, or even a fellow actor) will be willing to refer you to an agent. That's how you usually get an agent. Other ways (like cold-querying with your headshots, resume and demo reel, or getting spotted at a showcase) rarely work. Speaking of, you'll also need to network and get connections in the industry. Stay in touch with people you've worked with. Networking is a big part of this biz.

    If and when you get an agent, you will be able to start working as a professional actor and go to auditions for professional jobs. In short, the way it usually works is, when a new project starts casting a casting director is hired. The casting director creates a "Character Breakdown" specifying exactly the roles they're looking to fill based on their age-range, looks, ethnicity, special skills, etc. Then they approach the agents they know and trust. The agents go over the breakdown, go over their client database, and submit to the casting director only the clients they believe may fit those said roles (meaning, they send them those clients' resumes, demo reels and headshots). Out of those, the casting director will invite to audition only the handful *they* believe may fit those said roles. Those actors will come in and audition as many rounds as needed till one gets each role. So theoretically, you may be invited to 100 auditions a year or you may never be invited to any auditions. There's no way to know, luck plays a huge part in this. Understand that. Also understand that chances are you will need to get plenty of *professional* experience before you can audition and get any serious roles in serious productions such as national movies and TV shows. So, statistically, it's very possible that IF you ever get a serious role on a serious production you'll be in your 40s or even older. Understand that.

    The reality is, 99% of professional actors will never get more than a few minor speaking or non-speaking roles, on minor production (including things no one's ever heard of) their entire career, let alone become famous. It's only glamorous maybe 1% of the time for maybe 0.1% of professional actors. The rest is hard work just like any other job. Don't forget, after all it is a JOB. The reality is almost all actors are constantly exhausted, far away from home and lonely. They barely have time to socialize or be with their family. They hold another job or two alongside acting. They're hungry for food and live in a small apartment. Their looks, talent, and skills are constantly judged and they're more often than not rejected. They can easily fall into depression. And with all that, they STILL have to make sure they remain healthy and strong - physically AND mentally. That means exercising, eating healthy, getting your beauty treatment as needed, getting therapy if needed... So what I'm saying is, even if you love the craft and are good at it, also make sure that this lifestyle is for you at all. That you can handle it.

    Will you be willing to make these big sacrifices at 30-something for the small chance you will succeed? Can you? Pack up your entire life and move? Will that work? If you have or will have a family by then, will they be able to move with you? Then, will you be willing to sacrifice time with your family and friends? And free time...? And what about a job? You'll need one once you land in LA and so will your spouse. Ideally you'll need something stable yet flexible so you can take off in the middle of the day to go to auditions, rehearsals, shootings, fittings, classes, etc. Meaning, you can't be a doctor and pursue acting at the same time, for example. There's a reason why actors-waiters is a cliche. Are you willing to sacrifice other career choices you may have? Or will it be too late because you're all settled down? That's for you to consider and answer.

    But if you're okay with all of that, you'll have to wait a little to really get serious. Acting you only study by interacting with other people in person. What you can right now, however, is start learning the business side. Maybe take webinars, nothing that'd replace actual classes. You can also start looking for good acting schools in your area (they're located in the big city, you may have to drive a few hours every time - another sacrifice). Maybe look for local auditions (for things like indies) you can submit yourself to online and hope they start filming soon... Things like that.

    But if you're asking about a theater actor, you don't need an agent or move anywhere for that. Just go to a good acting school and start auditioning for local theaters. Bear in mind that they too look at your resume, so the more impressive it is the better your chances are of getting good roles. Also, the vast majority of theater actors hold a "regular" day job because acting doesn't pay their bills. Understand that.

    Acting is not for most people. So please give it some serious thought and be honest with yourself. If nothing else, if a professional acting career is not for you after all, there's also the option of acting as a hobby. Nothing wrong with that.

    Good luck!

  • 2 months ago

    I don't know where you are, but here, all of the theatres are closed and there are only a few TV productions in progress.  One film started shooting again in London, but had to close again as someone got covid, so there are thousands and thousands of fully trained and very experienced actors out of work.

  • 2 months ago

    i dont see why not

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