Actors depict characters in stories using their voices, appearances, bodies, and gestures. They can work in movies, television, commercials, theatre, theme parks, and clubs. While working as an Actor, they perform for entertainment and informational purposes. Actors can play main characters or supporting roles, and they must audition for casting directors to land a part. They are employed by motion picture, television, theatre, and other production companies. Actors can also be hired as acting teachers by private acting schools.
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.
- Preparing for an audition by studying and rehearsing lines, gestures, and expressions to interpret a role:
- Conducting independent research and trying to refine the character to be played;
- auditioning in front of directors and producers; and
- competing with other actors to get the role.
- After securing a role, portraying roles in video or motion picture productions, television shows, theatre productions, radio dramas, commercials, and other productions, or perform the narration 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 a live audience, in a studio, or on location for film, television, 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.
- Liaising with an Agent.
- Preparing for and attending auditions.
- Learning lines and rehearsing.
- Performing in front of an audience or in a studio.
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.