The perfect age to start an acting career

The perfect age to start an acting career

Many actors want to know the perfect age to start an acting career. I get lots of emails from people in their 30s/40s/50s/60s explaining to me how they’ve always wanted to become an actor, and now that they’re finally in a position to follow their passion they’re worried they’ve missed the boat.

Let me bust this myth that there is a “perfect age” to start an acting career. I’d also like to bust the myth that if you don’t start in your teens or twenties there’s no hope. Both of these myths are absolute codswallop.

If you’re determined to carve out an acting career for yourself and are committed to doing everything in your power to make this happen, then the perfect age is NOW. Have you ever heard the saying that age is just a number?

Age is irrelevant

The age question is actually a cover up for something else – fear; a fear that you may put all of your efforts into acting with nothing to show for it, or the fear that people may think you’re silly for following your dreams. Age is irrelevant for many reasons, but in reality, no matter where you are in your life everyone has these fears at some point. 

Actors who started their careers later in life

Pete Postlethwaite

Ricky Tomlinson

Jason Statham

Alan Rickman

Brendan Gleeson

Liz Smith

Samuel L Jackson

And that’s only a tiny list, there are many, MANY more actors who began their career later in life. So you see it is possible to start an acting career after your teens and twenties. If you’re still not sure I’d urge you to read on because there’s a few things older actors have that they can use to their advantage.

The advantages of starting an acting career “later in life”

LIFE EXPERIENCE – This is a HUGE plus considering acting asks you to draw upon your life experience to connect to the character’s life. Not only that, but this will come in handy with the business side of acting too.

COMFORTABLE WITH WHO YOU ARE The starting point in acting is knowing yourself. Once again it’s important for empathising with characters, but it’s equally important for the business side of acting. You’ll be more at ease with yourself and less likely to get wrapped up in trying to be everything to everyone.

LESS COMPETITIONThe acting industry is known for the heavy competition, but that lessens the older you get. A high percentage of those who started their careers in their teens and twenties drop out. This is a huge advantage for those actors at the older end of the scale.

FINANCIALLY SOUNDThose starting out in the industry earlier on in life either have to rely on parents or juggle a job alongside building an acting career, which can be tiresome and a massive struggle. This is one less thing to worry about when you’re financially sound.

The perfect age to start an acting career

I’d like to leave you with this thought… no matter what age you are, time is the one thing nobody can physically buy. If you have a dream you must follow it now because if you don’t follow it now, when will you? 

If this has helped, or inspired you or you have anything else you would like to add let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page. 

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6 thoughts on “The perfect age to start an acting career”

  1. Thanks for the Blog, etleast now i can stop beating my self when i hear others sayin they started in their teens age, this was very helpful thank you.

  2. Absolutely Louise, thanks for this. Very helpful in coming to terms with this lengthy process.
    Michael Andolini.

  3. Hi Louise, thank you for your inspirational and insightful article. I began my journey in april ofl this year at the age of 55 with Carney academy. As someone with no acting experience whatsoever I find it both challenging and rewarding in equal measure, as well as a little scary being so far apart from my comfort zone. One of my classmates (Natalia) has one to one s with you and after her positive feedback regarding your tuition I would be interested in booking some one to one s possibly the second quarter of next year if that would be ok.
    Kind regards
    Patrick Dalton

  4. Hi Patrick, life really cranks up a few notches outside of your comfort zone doesn’t it? Good for you for following your passion. Yes of course that would be ok, I’d love to share with you the techniques I’ve been working on with Natalija to help her raise the bar with her talent and do the same for you. When you’re ready just hit the link to book a session Look forward to meeting and working with you. Louise

  5. You’re very welcome as always Michael. Keep going, your acting gift is needed in the industry. Louise

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