I can give you one answer to that: NO
Not that he's an Oscar winner or anything, but Gerard Butler didn't really get into acting until he was 25 or 26. His Wikipedia page says he did some theater in high school, but a GQ feature I read on him a while back made it seem like he really didn't start pursuing the career or even seriously training until his mid 20s.
The answer of course is that there are no rules and if you want to try this, you should try it.
That being said, a lot of these late-bloomer stories aren't quite as encouraging as they're meant to be for those of us who can't get industry folk to remember our names for more than five minutes. The Kate Walsh headline is about success after 35, but in the article it mentions she had a recurring role on Drew Carey's show at 30. She then tested for 8 or 9 pilots. That sounds absolutely amazing to me, and one assumes for her to reach that point, she was signed with an agent and had good relationships with several casting offices. And she had the money to go to Anguilla when that all went away She looks back with misery and regret on something I would kill to have.
People like to point to Jon Hamm's "late" success as Don Draper, but the man has a whole string of IMDb credits before Mad Men. Eric Stonestreet was about to go back home when he got Modern Family; he has great credits going back to '99 before that, including a 13-episode arc on CSI.
I don't want this to turn into the "who has the worst life" brownie scene from Notting Hill or anything, but I guess it just bothers me when people make it seem like these actors were failing, but they had the sort of thing I'm dying to make happen for myself.
I haven't been on here for a little while now. I started amateur training and I'm really enjoying it. I was extremely nervous before the first live show we performed in front of about 50 people haha. When I think how the professionals do it in front of a packed theatre of thousands of attendants, you soon realise that 50 people in a mere shadow in comparison.
Anyway, I really want to try audition for drama school. I am not sure how many auditions I can do though until I get fed up. I mean, if I fail the first audition, it means waiting another year until the next try. This is the only issue I have with drama schools in the UK. I don't think there are enough alternatives to drama school.
How is everyone else getting along with their training/acting careers? Any of you had success so far? Be it small or large?
Performing in front of 50 people whose faces you may see, can sometimes be more nerve-wracking than a bigger crowd.
Compare and despair.
You're never too old to join drama school.
I'm thinking about applying to a course around that age but want to get as much experience and confidence as I can before I do.
I see you are from London. How is your training coming along? Is it easy to get training (apart from Drama Schools) in London? I live about 2 hours from London and making the trip there every week for training would be expensive, which I cannot afford, so I need to get training where I am located. Amateur drama is good enough, though I'm wondering if there's any other way to get good acting training.
How congested is Los Angeles with aspiring actors? I've always been curious how aspiring actors survive in L.A before getting disheartened due to the sheer amount of competition.
I mean, everyone want to be a star in L.A, don't they? I don't want to be famous, but I'd like to earn money from acting. It seems in L.A. there are a lot of wannabes who want quick fame like the kardashians etc.
Is that how it is there?
In LA, EVERYBODY is an actor! But you can't worry about that or you will go crazy. There may be 200,000 people calling themselves actors, but there is only one you.
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