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  • Backstage Experts Answer: 14 Tips for Starting a Career Later in Life

    This week, our Backstage Experts answer a question many of our older readers wanted addressed: How possible is it for someone in the second half of their life to start/have an acting career (40+)?
    Here are several answers from industry professionals spanning different areas of this business to give you some perspective!
    Wondering what this new column is all about? Backstage Experts Answer takes your questions and brings them to our incredible network of Experts. If you missed the last installment, check out “14 Reasons Extra Work Won’t Jumpstart Your Career” and see how to get your acting questions answered at the bottom of this article!
    Rob Adler, L.A.-based acting teacherIs it possible? Absolutely. Anyone can have a career at any stage of their life. The best actors I know don’t measure success by their bank accounts, but by their abilities to move people. I asked my student, Rob Putansu, who began acting at age 55 to respond further. He wrote:
    I arrived in L.A. in December 2013 at the age of 59. I wanted, since I was a teenager, to be an actor and I wasn’t getting any younger. 
    Many things derailed me along the way, but at 55 I started making plans and setting my goals. My No. 1 goal: I

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