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Many children may dream of being successful actors; most of them grow out of it but for some it is not a dream that can easily be let go. In which case, acting is a career that requires total dedication and a willingness to continue when times get tough.
Acting communicates a character, feeling or situation to an audience; bringing it to life by speech, expression and movement. It can involve following a script and instructions of a director, or individual interpretation or improvisation.
Working conditions can vary depending on whether acting on stage, film or television. As well as performing, other responsibilities of an actor can include:
Stage actors may also be involved in administration or publicity for the show. Jobs are mostly short-term contracts and full-time on-going work is hard to find. Working hours can be irregular, with performances in the evenings and weekends. Travelling for the job is also possible if touring.
Inevitably, an actor will hire an agent to find them work and auditions. Casting companies can also be useful. Whilst “lucky breaks” are not unheard of in the industry, for the most part they are rare. Most actors will go through training at drama school or other companies before becoming professional. Stage actors usually start out with minor roles in amateur productions. The bottom line is: in order for an actor to be successful, they need to be seen. Performing as much as possible and working hard to publicise talent can go a long way.