This was my choice because I watch a whole lot of movies and TV series too.
Is acting a career?
Yes it is. Many actors enhance their skills through formal dramatic education. Many who specialize in theatre have bachelor’s degrees, but a degree is not required. Students can take college classes in drama or filmmaking to prepare for a career as an actor.
What do actors do?
Actors express ideas and portray characters in theatre, film, television, and other performing arts media. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.
Duties of an actor
- Read scripts and meet with agents and other professionals before accepting a role
- Audition in front of directors, producers and casting directors
- Research their character’s personal traits and circumstances to portray the characters more
authentically to an audience
- Memorize their lines
- Rehearse their lines and performance, including on stage or in front of the camera, with
- Discuss their role with the director, producer, and other actors to improve the overall
performance of the show
- Perform the role, following the director’s directions
However, actors struggle to find steady work and few achieve recognition as stars. Some work as extras, some do voiceover or narration work for animated features, audiobooks or other electronic media.
Most actors have long periods of unemployment between roles and often hold other jobs in order to make a living. Some actors teach acting classes as a second job.
Steps to Becoming an Actor
- Jump into theatre in high school
- Get experience outside of school
- Get educated
- Practice makes perfect
- Build up an acting resume
- Hire an agent
Being an actor requires a range of skills including
- Good stage, screen or vocal presence
- The ability to enter into another character and engage with an audience
- The ability to memorise lines
- Good understanding of dramatic techniques
- Having the confidence, energy and dedication to perform.
- Creative insight