Work the Craft Your Whole Life Long

November 7, 2013

last-vegas-aging-actors.jpgLook at the picture to your left. What is it? A handsome man convention? A casting call for the new Most Interesting Man Alive commercial? Is it an AARP advertisement? It’s none of the above. The picture is your future, if you so choose. Last Vegas, starring Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Michael Douglas opened recently to generally good reviews, and ranked number three behind Ender’s Game and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa at the box office. Now, all these guys are, to a man, Academy Award winners, but they are also, clearly, old guys. Sure, they are tremendously gifted actors; sure, they’re Hollywood legends; and certainly they all pack a big box-office punch. But, again, they’re senior citizens, and they are gainfully employed in their senior years. Hollywood will always need grandfathers, business partners, criminal kingpins, professors, doctors, retired professionals, etc.–and for many of these roles, advanced age is a requirement. How many other fields share that requirement? Now, the news isn’t all rosy: agism does exist in Hollywood, as it does throughout our nation. But in Hollywood, there’s a special place for the elderly.

Clearly, these cinematic giants have enormous cache in the industry, which you may not have just yet. But, the bottom line is they’ve earned their stripes by working consistently over many years at perfecting the craft. You must do likewise. And even if you’re not starring in big movies or supporting in award-winning shows, you must continue to work the craft whether it be at a local, regional, national or international level–just keep it up. As these productions need an actor with experience and skill, you need to be prepared and prove that you’re ready.

Acting could be a life-long adventure. You never know when you’re going to get hot!