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Actor do?

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Other common names for this position: Drama Actor, Sitcom Actor, Comedian, Comic, Dramatic Reader, Extra – Performing Arts, Film Dubber, Humorist, Improviser, Movie Actor, Theatre Actor, TV Actor, Narrator, Voice-Over Actor

Description

An Actor is an Arts field professional who specializes in portraying a character in any type of presentation or show (e.g. movie, television show, play, or commercial). To do so, whether it is to entertain or to inform, they use their body language, expressions, and their voice. Actors need to audition in front of Casting Directors in order to get a role, either to play a main character or a supporting one.[1]These professionals traditionally work for production companies, but they also have the option of becoming acting teachers and working for private acting schools.[2]

Career Path

There's no universal way to climb up the career ladder.
Career paths often vary from one individual to another, yet some similarities usually stand out.
Hence, the typical career path for Actor would look like the one pictured here. 1390 resumes.

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Career Opportunities

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Career Path

There's no universal way to climb up the career ladder.
Career paths often vary from one individual to another, yet some similarities usually stand out.
Hence, the typical career path for Actors would look like the one pictured here.


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Previous Careers

  • Sales Associate
  • Cashier
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales Representative
  • Server

Actor


Career Opportunities

  • Model
  • Production Assistant

Primary Responsibilities

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Actors are required to complete.


  • Finding the right agent willing to help them find auditions.
  • Taking speech and acting lessons.
  • Building up a network of industry contacts.
  • Studying and rehearsing lines, gestures, and expressions in order to prepare for an audition and interpret a role:
  • Conducting a previous research about the character they’re auditioning for and trying to perfect it;
  • auditioning in front of directors and producers; and
  • competing with other actors to get the role.
  • After securing a role, depicting a character in different productions (e.g. television shows, theatre productions, radio dramas, or commercials), or performing as the narrator in such productions:
  • Studying the script to learn about the character and memorize the speaking parts;
  • memorizing and rehearsing their lines with other actors;
  • improvising a role or lines if necessary;
  • memorizing new lines in case the script changes;
  • discussing their role with the director and other actors to improve the overall performance of the show;
  • following the director’s guidelines;
  • performing for live audiences in a variety of places (e.g. television studios, on location for a film, internet, and radio broadcast); and
  • effectively communicating the character that they are playing to an audience, using their voice, body, actions, and reactions.
  • Singing, dancing, or performing stunts as required by specific roles:
  • Working under the direction of a Choreographer or any type of required coach.
  • Promoting the production when necessary by giving interviews, making appearances, and attending press conferences.
  • Recording voiceovers for commercials or digital/cartoon characters.
  • Training and exercising to maintain the required levels of ability and fitness, in accordance with the role to be played.

Daily Tasks

  • Liaising with an Agent.
  • Preparing for and attending auditions.
  • Learning lines and rehearsing.
  • Performing in front of an audience or in a studio.
Salary
$41,088

The average Actor salary is $41,088 per year or $21 per hour. This is around 1.3 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $29,000 while most experienced workers make up to $58,000. These results are based on 11 salaries extracted from job descriptions.

$41,088
$58,000
$29,000
Deductions
Deductions
Gross Salary41,087.68 $
CPP- 1,860.56 $
EI- 772.45 $
Federal Tax- 3,897.26 $
Provincial Tax- 1,904.48 $
Total Tax- 8,434.75 $
Net Pay*32,652.94 $
In Ontario, Canada, if you make 41,087.68 $ a year, you will be taxed 8,434.75 $. That means that your take home pay will be 32,652.94 $ per year, or 2,721.08 $ per month. Your average tax rate is 20.53% and your marginal tax rate is 29.18%.
* Deductions are calculated based on the tables of Ontario, Canada income tax.
Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Outstanding creativity and a strong artistic sense.
  • Speaking, reading, and memorization skills, physical stamina, persistence, dedication, and patience.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills:
  • Communicating clearly, especially verbally, in order to convey their interpretation of the character to the audience, as well as excellent listening skills, so as to comply with the director’s instructions;
  • being resilient and determined; and
  • being able to work cohesively with other actors.
  • Organizational and time management skills:
  • Being able to work under pressure in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;
  • being highly responsible and reliable; and
  • being always on time for auditions and rehearsals.
  • Willing to take instruction and criticism and work as a team.
  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined.
  • Motor coordination and physical strength:
  • Training and exercising in order to maintain the required levels of ability and fitness; and
  • being able to rehearse 8 to 12 hours a day and having a high level of stamina in order to cope with long hours of rehearsals and learning lines.

Although Actors are not required to have a formal degree to start their careers, having attended drama school or having studied Dramatic Arts can improve the candidate’s acting skills, as well as help them develop a list of influential industry contacts. Attending a recognized drama school tends to improve an Actor’s chances to get better auditions after graduating.


Being an Actor comes with its ups and downs, it can be a very rewarding career, but the person has to be willing to face some difficult challenges and to work very hard. Continuous training is important for these professionals, since every day in an Actor’s life becomes a learning process. Furthermore, in order to truly be successful in this profession, Actors should always push themselves to take on new challenges, try new things, and step outside of their comfort zone. The more versatile they are, the more work they’ll probably find.


Due to all the highs and lows that come with this career, most Actors complement their acting salary, if any, by having another job. Most of these professionals tend to work for short, but intense, periods of time, followed by longer periods of unemployment, whether they work in television, films, or theatre. Becoming an acting teacher or coach can be a better option for Actors, since it provides a stable income.


Being in a film can be considered the peak in an Actor’s career, especially if they are cast in a big Hollywood production. This comes with many rewards, but it may also take a lot of time, effort, and some luck. The more acting experience a professional Actor has, the more likely it will be they get hired for an important role in a major film or TV show. Being that the television industry is the one that employs a larger number of Actors, from extras to regular in sitcoms and soap operas, the competition is extremely fierce. However, theatre companies may also offer job stability and good opportunities for an Actor.


In Canada, Actors are encouraged to join a union, in this case, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) in order to receive benefits, an equitable compensation, and to ensure safe and reasonable working conditions.


Actors are frequently self-employed for tax purposes. Consequently, many Actors employ an Accountant to keep their records up-to-date.


Finally, acting is not a typical nine-to-five job. Actors have to comply with a very strict filming or performing schedule. They may work anytime of the day, including late nights, weekends, and national holidays. They also work in all kinds of locations. When working in theatre, they’ll most likely be working on stage and in rehearsal studios. However, when working in television and film, they’ll work in television studios, film studios, or at random locations.

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