Silke Schwarzkopf, Creator/Host, 2nd Act TV

Founder - 2nd Act TV

My story is not really unique.

One out of four Boomer marriages ends in divorce. Most women are dealing with hormone changes by the age of 50. Many women are unhappy with their jobs and are looking for more fulfillment. They are frustrated, suffer in silence and continue to cope with hollow relationships.

What is unique about my story is that I decided to share my life with all the bruises, bumps and triumphs that accompany divorce at 50, hormonal changes, dating, and a new career. I decided to bring all these issues into the open, freely talk about them and help to put them into perspective.

My life was like many other women my age. I was married for 25 years, had a career in PR and co-owned a production company. A normal life. But like so many other women my age, there was much more going below the surface. The last ten years of my marriage were a struggle. We lived separate lives.

I was the one who finally left the marriage. I took a deep breath and knew it was time for me to reconnect with the life I had left 30 years earlier. I reconnected with close friends from high school and college. Facebook has expanded that circle to even more friends.

Around the same time, my business partner and I decided it was time to pursue different careers.

This was scary and exhilarating at the same time. So many doors were beginning to open up. It was time to take small steps out of my comfort zone and become “me” again.

I thought I was the only one in this position, but I quickly discovered that many of my friends had the same thoughts, problems, insecurities and excitement that I did. Once we openly talked about “Grey Divorce”, we knew we had to share our problems and solutions with other women over the age of 50.

2ND Act TV was a menopausal seed ready to spout.

I started doing research to see if this type of show would have an audience. To my astonishment, I found out that the issues my friends and I were discussing were not unique. We were a statistic that was growing among Baby Boomers. The divorce rate for people over 50 is one in every four couples…more than double the average for other age groups. What really intrigued me was that women were initiating most of the breakups. My group of friends and I were living examples of those statistics.

After doing all my research and listening to my friends share their stories, I knew this would make a great television show. Having owned my own production company and been in PR for over 18 years, I began my quest to find a director who understood what I wanted to do. Once I found a director, we brought together a group of friends who could contribute their talents, resources and skill sets to develop a television show.

2ND Act TV was now a robust rose bush, complete with roses and thorns, ready to grow and flourish.

As 2ND Act TV has evolved with books, interviews, videos and blogs, it has become more important and relevant in today’s society. Everything from divorce, dating and sex, to health and fitness and new careers is discussed in an open, non-judgmental atmosphere…often over a glass of wine and lots of laughter.

One thing that stands out for me is that the power of women over 50 is overlooked. People over the age of 50 control over 60% of the disposable income in the United States. Women continue to outnumber the men in this age group. Yet, less than 5% of the advertising is focused on us. My goal is to help change that and prove that the 2ND Act is the best act of all.

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