Many aspiring actors can find there are lots of things that try to dissuade them from pursuing their dreams. It may be the expectations of others, doubters and naysayers, or even a bit of ‘imposter syndrome’.
For some, the issue might be connected with body image, which is not just about weight; some young people feel very self-conscious because they wear glasses.
However, a recent feel-good story in the area of animated films may suggest that this issue is now being addressed.
The director of the 2021 animated film Encanto, Jared Bush, received a letter three years ago from nine-year-old schoolgirl Lowri Moore, who had always worn glasses. She said she was disappointed that there were never any bespectacled characters.
As it happened, Mr Bush had already been working on one such character – the main protagonist, Mirabel.
That was just part of the story, however, as Lowri, now 12, was making a TV appearance on the BBC Breakfast programme earlier this month when Mr Bush spoke by videolink and invited her to join him at the BAFTAS.
It turned out to be a happy night not just for the excitement and glamour of the occasion, but also because Encanto won the Best Animated Film award. Between them, Lowri, Jared Bush, Mirabel and a couple of pairs of glasses had brought home the big prize.
Of course, the world of animated film is not quite the same as the stage, although any number of films have made the transition from one to the other. That means an actor with glasses will certainly be needed if there is a stage version of Encanto.
However, it may also have the effect of encouraging young people who wear glasses that a career in stage and screen could be for them. Many other minorities have become increasingly represented in acting, so it may be it was high time this group was given its moment in the spotlight.
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