What's it like to be an Actor?
An Actor is a performer who portrays characters on stage and in recorded or filmed productions such as television shows, commercials, movies, radio, theatre and online.
Tasks and duties
- Attend auditions and casting calls for roles, learn scripts and parts, rehearse lines, cues and gestures
- Prepare for roles by undertaking research about a character, the historical setting or a character’s patterns of speech
- Network and liaise with agents, managers, industry contacts, venue managers and others involved in various productions.
In Australia, television companies, film producers, theatre companies, broadcasting corporations and advertising agencies tend to employ most Actors.
Actors require patience, commitment and determination as work can be unreliable, and rehearsal and production schedules can be demanding.
What can I earn as an Actor?
How to become an Actor
- Consider undertaking professional training, such as at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) or similar performance academies. These are usually three-year undergraduate programs.
- Ensure you have professional headshots taken that you can take to auditions or send to agents and casting directors. Consider joining the actors’ union Actors’ Equity, which provides support, public liability and useful information for actors.
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