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Dawn French, Dustin Hoffman and Me.

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 21-Jun-12 11:03:11

This week's guest blog post is from Jane Pearce - who took up a new career as a film extra in her late 70s. Is it ever too late to follow your dreams or do something new and exciting? Do add your thoughts to the thread.

redamanthas Thu 21-Jun-12 20:37:41

Is limited mobility an extra?

redamanthas Thu 21-Jun-12 20:39:06

Sorry, last question didn't make sense. Is limited mobility a hindrance to being an extra? For example if you couldn't stand for long periods? Do you have to be tip top in health?

janepearce6 Thu 21-Jun-12 21:54:20

Yes, you do really - I don't let on about anything that might worry them!

NannaAnna Thu 21-Jun-12 23:00:37

I think this sounds like a wonderful 'extra' string to one's bow, Jane. grin
How did you go about finding the right agent (and is an agent a necessity?)
Do you need to be available at the drop of a hat to go to shoots/auditions? If so, I may have to wait a few years, until I can afford to retire first!

janepearce6 Fri 22-Jun-12 08:58:25

Yes, you do need an agent - quite difficult to find one - I was lucky and met someone and fortunately his agent took me on. You do have to be available at the drop of a hat, pencil job in and they don't confirm until night before! You couldn't get anywhere without an agent and you never pay upfront, they should deduct it from the job. I don't normally go to auditions cos they don't pay you but I'm fairly fussy and do go to the odd one! The Internet is the place to go to find out and by the way, it is not glamourous at all!

albertina Mon 02-Jul-12 10:07:19

How fascinating ! You are really inspiring, and you look amazing. I am 61 and would love to do something like that when I stop work for good.