How can i become an actress at 24 when i have a degree in engineering?
I've always wanted to become an actress but since I was academically strong, I chose engineering. However my passion hasn't died down but I don't have much experience either. I'm also an Indian female from South Africa and I haven't had the financial means to pursue acting even as a hobby. I wanted to know am I too late to pursue this? And I don't know how to actually start and how to get going with this? I'm also not employed at the moment (graduate jobs for engineering is scarce) so finances are still a strain. I would appreciate any advice and information. Thank you. #psychology #acting #performing-arts #drama
It's never too late! If you are interested go audition at local theatres! Don't be afraid to get out there!
The best way to get into acting is to audition for roles in amateur theater companies in your area. Personally visit all of the theaters in your area that put on such performances and see how you can get announcements/mailings/notices of auditions and casting calls for upcoming performances.
Talk to people at the Indian Cultural Center in Durban to see if they have any connections or know of or are putting on any performances. Here is their link:
Regarding engineering, it appears that your country is in need of engineers:
Let me know if and how this might be helpful. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.
You mention finances twice in your question. If you truly want to be an actor your finances should not make the decision for you. If time is a consideration I suggest film and TV as opposed to theater. The time commitment for live theater is generally greater than it is in film due to far lass rehearsal time, though both require strong commitment.
In the US, many independent film projects advertise on Craigslist and Facebook and do not require experience. Look under "talent" or "gig".They generally do not pay, but the experience is what can land you more acting jobs. (Please, please be careful when answering ads for talent on Craigslist.Most pro auditions take place in public offices or meeting rooms. There should be no reason to go to residential homes or remote locations, so don't.).
I did not do my first film project until I was exactly 24. You are not too late.
Acting is a very emotionally rewarding avocation, and though it is very difficult to get rich doing, as a hobby it is much less expensive than skiing or sailing or dozens of things people pay a lot of money to do. If you really love it, you'll know after your first audition. Good luck!!!