Actor

Job Description

Actors express ideas and portray characters in theatre, film, television, and other performing arts media. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

In some stage or film productions, actors sing, dance, or play a musical instrument.

Most actors have long periods of unemployment between roles and often hold other jobs in order to make a living. Some actors teach acting classes as a second job.

Careers Ladder

Hours

Work hours for actors are extensive and irregular. Early morning, evening, weekend, and holiday work is common. Some actors work part time. Few actors work full time, and many have variable schedules.

Qualifications

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. A great way to start is to audition as an ‘extra’—actors who have no lines to deliver but are included in scenes to give a more realistic setting.

Consider these courses below to get one step ahead;

  • Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Acting)
  • Bachelor of Acting

Attributes

  • Creativity
  • Confident
  • Communicator
  • Memorisation skills
  • Persistence
  • Energetic
  • Reading skills
  • Physically coordinated

Key Skills

  • Reading skills
  • Research 
  • Passionate
  • Resilient 
  • Focused
  • Performing

Future Prospects

As an actor’s reputation grows, he or she may work on bigger projects or in more prestigious venues.

Some actors become;

Some actors do voiceover or narration work for animated features, audiobooks, or other electronic media.