Showbiz beckons over-40s

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 October, 1997, 12:00am

Advancing years need not stand in the way of a career in show business under a new programme run by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

The project, supported by the Employees' Retraining Board, will help people aged over 40 to enter the acting profession - so long as they pass auditions.

'They have to be expressive people - those who speak with gestures instead of a flat face,' said programme co-ordinator Alex Au Kwok-chung.

'The prospects are better for people who look like a particular type, whether it's a monk, a banker or a drug addict.' A pilot session in May trained 19 people selected from 200 applicants in the five-day course tutored by experienced actors and directors, said Mr Au.

Most were now registered with local television stations, advertising production companies and film companies.

People without a full-time job could apply for the programme, which would hold auditions on Friday, said Mr Au.

One of the graduate trainees of the programme, Edward Yick Tsun-kwan, 50, said the freelance job had boosted his confidence.

He earns about $280 at each assignment, which could take him from a few minutes to a few hours.