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Actor

Portray characters on stage or in recorded or filmed productions including television shows, commercials, radio and online.

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.

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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.
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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?

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How to become an Actor


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Formal qualifications are not necessary to work as an Actor in Australia, however the skills and contacts gained through formal training are likely to increase your employability. Auditions and/or previous acting experience are the most common pathways in which to be accepted into a course.

  1. 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.
  2. 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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How do Actors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 Actors surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.9
Job security
2.5
Pay / Salary
3.4
Variety of work
4.1

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Oct 2018
Acting: The Magic and Mayhem of Milleronshow
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Creative Arts - Performance
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Performance
The good things
The amount of people you get to interact with, and create work with is astounding. If you are truly committed to your craft and seize on every opportunity, you will manifest your own reward. Equipped ...
The challenges
Working as a Creative Artist is exceptionally challenging. The Acting/Performance sector is awash with people wanting to do the job, yet a majority lack sufficient training and experience. To do so, r...
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Nov 2018
Acting, like food for the sole.
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher School Certificate
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Acting
The good things
Fun and unpredictable work, meeting new people both famous and non famous. Being able to adapt and challenge yourself on each and every project, raising the bar to better yourself and being content in...
The challenges
Early morning's especially in winter. Long day's and night's. Being told what to do, listening and paying attention, steping outside your comfort zone.
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Working hours for Actors

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What are the job opportunities for Actors?

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Actor jobs on SEEK
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National increase over next 5 years *
2.3%
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