Country and nationality

Greece/ Greek

Professional role in the film industry


Years of experience in the film industry

since 1998

Nektaria Yannoudaki

Nektaria, after getting her degree in French literature, continued her studies at the Athens Conservatoire Drama School, where she was awarded an honors scholarship. The acknowledgment she got from the scholarship offered her the necessary courage and strength to continue her studies and pursue her dreams.From the moment, she finished her studies, Nektaria started working professionally in theatre, film, and TV.Over her career, she had the opportunity to work with many accomplished greek film and theater directors and be part of a lot of well-known productions.Now, as she continues to be an actress, she also feels lucky to be an acting teacher. “Being a teacher makes me a better actress and I feel invigorated by being among young people.”



A challenge that Nektaria identified is the lack of support from her family in the beginning of her career. Her family wanted her a more “traditional” path and choose a profession with more stability. They didn’t approve of her career choice and they were afraid that by choosing to be an actress she wouldn’t have any success and she would face many difficulties.

In the acting profession there are high percentages of unemployment. What makes this issue even worse for women is that screenwriters (predominantly male) write more male roles than roles for girls and women.

Another challenge, is the casting process. “It is like constantly putting yourself through an exam.” This can be psychologically challenging for both men and women.

It not uncommon for people with power in the industry to try taking  advantage of their position.

Overcoming Obstacles 

Drama school and pursuing a continuous education are very important. However, only real world professional experience leads you to understand the profession and yourself in it. “Experience is something very precious.”
Nektaria also felt very support in the beginning of her career by her teaches. They helped her built her CV and kick start a successful career.


“Love yourself”
“Work on yourself, therapy is always a great idea.”
“Be optimistic and realistic and most importantly have strength”
“Don’t hesitate to ask for help; We don’t need to be alone”

She urged young actresses to think big, without limitations and be ambitious. 



The WIFILM Case Study Library will provide VET providers, females interested in developing a career within the industry, or those working alongside females in the industry with a series of case studies on successful women in the film industry. The Case Study Library will highlight the barriers to entry for females in the industry, including deficits in role models, confidence, and career planning.

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