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Actor Job Description

An actor is someone whose job is to represent a character on stage, in a motion picture or in a television production. Their job involves studying the script of a story to understand a character and playing the character using speech, body language and movement to entertain, inform or instruct an audience. The actor also familiarizes himself with the roles of other cast members.

An actor should be enthusiastic, creative, perceptive, self-assured, disciplined, diligent and detail-oriented, and have the ability to memorize lines. They should have critical-thinking, self-learning and research skills, and the willingness to keep developing their acting skills. They should also be friendly and able to relate to a wide range of people and work well as part of team.

Pursue a career in acting if you are insightful and creative, and have a natural talent for performing and entertaining.

What does an Actor do?

Actors may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Actors may work long and irregular hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays. They work indoors in studios and theatres and outdoors on locations. They may travel for work and be away from home for long periods of time.

What is Required to Become an Actor?

There are no formal educational requirements to become an actor, but a degree or diploma in performing arts or a similar discipline is helpful in obtaining acting skills and experience.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Actors need to have:


Alternative Careers

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