What does an Actor do?
Actors interpret and portray a character from a writer's script to entertain an audience in television, film, theater, and other performing arts. They work in several areas like theme parks, production studios, theaters, or on location usually on a short term basis.
Most actors have other jobs to make a living in addition to acting as jobs can be far and few between. This career can be stressful as one is frequently trying to find work in the acting profession, however, some actors find jobs in a touring company that can last several years. Some actors must travel to work on location and the hours are irregular and extensive.
How to Become an Actor
Most actors increase their skills through formal dramatic education. Although a degree is not required, many actors specializing in theater have a bachelor's degree.
Most actors gain some formal preparation through a theater company's acting conservatory. Some gain preparation in a theater arts program or on a university drama program. Students can increase their skills by taking college courses in filmmaking or drama and may take music or dance to further their talents.
Community colleges, acting conservatories, and private film classes offer classes to help enhance one's abilities. Several theater companies also offer education programs. Acting requires many years of training in order to develop the skills to be successful.
Job Description of an Actor
An actor has the job of meeting agents or other professionals and reading scripts. They prepare to audition for a role in the presence of casting and film directors and producers. They must do research on a character and their personal traits and circumstances in order to portray the character as authentically as possible in a way that appeals to the audience.
He or she must memorize lines, sometimes at great length, and rehearse their lines and performance with other actors in front of a camera or on stage. They must follow a director's directions and some actors may need to learn a new skill for a part like dancing, stage fighting, or horseback riding.
Some actors do voiceover or narration work for animated features or audiobooks. An actor needs the skills of creativity, memorization, reading, and speaking. They should be persistent and have physical stamina.