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Actor do?

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Other common names for this position: Acting Teacher, Drama Actor, Sitcom Actor, Comedian, Comic, Dramatic Reader, Extra, Film Dubber, Humorist, Improviser, Movie Actor, Narrator, Voice-Over Actor

Description

An Actor specializes in embodying fictional and historical characters using and altering their voice and appearance, as well as their facial expressions and body language. They memorize scripts, including dialogue, but also spatial and contextual indications for them to perform on set or on stage.


Most Actors usually appear in films and television shows, although they can also take part in more traditional performing arts, such as plays or musicals. In some cases, it’s the Actor’s voice that really matters, like when they’re voicing animated characters or narrating a certain story.


Actors may choose to partner up with a brand or cause and will shoot advertising campaigns or participate in promotional or charitable events as spokespersons.

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.


  • Securing and attending auditions, sometimes with the help of a Talent Manager or network of contacts.
  • Learning, memorizing, and reciting lines and stage directions:
  • Studying characters, as well as their traits and background, so as to give the most accurate and compelling interpretation possible.
  • Portraying characters in different types of productions, such as films, television shows, plays, musicals, and commercials:
  • Discussing their performance with the Director on set, following instructions, seeking feedback, and improving accordingly; and
  • improvising lines or suggesting adjustments to the script, when necessary.
  • Singing, dancing, or performing stunts:
  • Working under the direction of a Choreographer or any type of relevant coach.
  • Recording voice-overs for commercials or animated films.
  • Attending press conferences and giving interviews for promotional purposes.
  • Acting as the spokesperson of a given advertising campaign or charitable event.
  • Training and exercising to maintain the required levels of ability and fitness, in accordance with the role to be played:
  • Taking speech and acting lessons.

Daily Tasks

  • Liaising with a Talent Agent or Talent Manager.
  • 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.
  • Impeccable pronunciation and excellent memorization skills.
  • 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; and
  • being able and willing to take instruction and criticism and to work as a team.
  • Organizational and time management skills:
  • Being able to work under pressure in a dynamic, fast-paced environment; and
  • being highly responsible and reliable.
  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined.
  • High levels of stamina, motor coordination, and physical strength:
  • Training and exercising in order to maintain the required levels of ability and fitness; and
  • being able to cope with long hours of rehearsals and learning lines.

Education is quite secondary in the Acting field where talent highly prevails. However, while talent is mostly innate, skills aren’t. Hence, it may be a great idea for beginners to perfect their skills through academic training by registering in theatre and drama schools and programs. Besides, there’s always room for improvement in this field; even the most famous and successful Actors need advice, which is why most of them take classes throughout their entire careers.


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. Landing a part in films and movies is considered the main goal of an Actor’s career as it entails enormous rewards, recognition, and fame. This is why the requirements are demanding and the road to the top needs great investments of time and effort.


Understandably, the competition is extremely fierce in this field. Not only do talent, skills, and experience matter, but reputation is a key asset when securing contracts. Actors must spend some time developing their network of contacts and attending some of the industry’s finest events, including premieres and award shows. To get an audition, Actors may also need to produce and submit demos, as well as to send over a headshot and portfolio.


Due to all the highs and lows that come with this contract-based 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 extended periods of unemployment. When working on a project, Actors have to comply with a very strict filming or performing schedule and may work anytime of the day, including late nights and weekends.


In Canada, Actors are encouraged to join a union, in this case, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) which offers numerous benefits to its members and oversees their remunerations and working conditions.[1]

Popular Certifications
Wonder how long it takes for Actors to complete their studies? Here’s a list of the most popular degrees and diplomas.

(Ranked by popularity)

  • High School
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor in English
  • Bachelor in History
  • Diploma
  • High School Diploma
Job Offers
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