Hi all, I've only been acting about 8 years now, starting as an extra as a lot of us do I'm sure... It's fair to say I haven't stopped in that time, taking things seriously pretty early on by leaving a regular, well-paid IT job in 2009 to complete an On Screen Acting Diploma. That enabled me to get signed with a top local agent and more regular, better-paid audition opportunities. 45 or so short films later, mainly unpaid or expenses only (to build up the resume), 4 feature films and a couple of commercials', I got a call from my agent last month, a few weeks after uploading my new showreel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QprVreNQmeA - I self promote at every opportunity too!) asking my availability for a location in the States from January to mid-March this year? Quite stunned, I asked more and after my agent checked out that it was indeed a real project, it transpired to be a lead role in a feature film with a few A Listers! I had to self-tape on the weekend as it was a very fast turnaround. The audition took several hours to upload as there were 2 scenes to do. I was panicking, but the file was uploaded a few weeks ago now. The opportunity may have passed as I've heard nothing back, but there has been Christmas in between times I guess. Principal Photography is due to start very soon, so I am just very pleased to have been asked to audition for a pretty big name producer, who my agent thinks saw my reel on youtube. The request came through as an invitation for me to self-tape. I can't name the production for obvious reasons as the cast has not been finalised. Who knows, I may still be in the running.... I guess I am on a radar now - one that I never even considered I would be on. As for what happens from here, I don't know - the agent starts really pushing me now? I know she has been anyway, but hopefully this is a verification of how much I put in to my work. What advice would anyone (particularly those based in the States) give now? Should I expect more requests for self-taped auditions now? Should I look at moving to the States to maximise this exposure? I guess this is also a message of hope for people like me, who started late. I only started acting at age 41. I wish all of you the very best for 2016 and beyond and am pleased to have this forum to share my experiences. Regards, Sean.