Starting Over - over 30s actor career advice needed

  • Jade Strain

    Actor

    Hi All,

    I could use some advice please. I'm 32 and I've worked in marketing for ten years and went freelance in 2018, which gave me a lot of flexibility to get a showreel sorted and do a couple of student films to try and get back into the acting scene. Since Covid hit i've lost my freelance clients and i'm looking at having to go back in-house full time again which I see as a total full stop in terms of acting. I tried it before, marketing means long hours and little chance of taking short notice holidays for auditions.

    I got an agent recently, S.T Arts Management, but he made it clear that without Spotlight he was going to struggle to get me any parts (i'm one credit off qualifying). I've been applying for everything on Mandy but no replies yet.

    So, I was thinking perhaps take a big chance and apply for a one year masters at a drama school and if successful, heading back down to London for a year. In my mind it would mean that all important final credit, some better showreel content and hopefully industry contacts, which i'm definitely short of up here in Sheffield.

    I'm just generally stuck. Although I know ultimately its my decision, I would just like to hear from any mature actors and the direction they chose and why.

    Thanks in advance,

    Jade

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  • Lindsay Bennett-Thompson

    Actor

    Hi Jade,

    As an actor who took a long break and returned to acting AND study at the age of 31 I would completely say go for it if you can. I was ready to really focus on my career properly after 30 and was in a fortunate position to be able to do so.

    Best thing to remember is there are still no guarantees however if it is going to make you happy that's the MOST important thing. Life is far too short. I hope you find the answer you're looking for and best wishes xxx

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  • Catherine Stobbs

    Actor

    If you have the time and finance to do it, absolutely do it! I don’t think of 30s as being mature at all, but you’ll definitely be at an advantage not being 21 like a lot of the applicants, and life experience only helps you as an actor.

    Good luck!

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  • Jade Strain

    Actor

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and reply! You'll know i'm sure that following a creative career path mostly leads to people trying to dampen enthusiasm so your encouragement is really refreshing to hear. All the best to you both xx

    • 20th Jul 2020
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