Updated: Jul 8, 2019
Actors typically do the following:
· Read scripts and meet with agents and other professionals before accepting a role
· Audition in front of directors, producers, and casting directors
· Research their character’s personal traits and circumstances to portray the characters
more authentically to an audience
· Memorize their lines
· Rehearse their lines and performance, including on stage or in front of the camera, with
· Discuss their role with the director, producer, and other actors to improve the overall
performance of the show
· Perform the role, following the director’s directions
Most actors struggle to find steady work, and few achieve recognition as stars. Some work as “extras”—actors who have no lines to deliver but are included in scenes to give a more realistic setting. Some actors do voice over or narration work for animated features, audio books, or other electronic media.
In some stage or film productions, actors sing, dance, or play a musical instrument. For some roles, an actor must learn a new skill, such as horseback riding or stage fighting.
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.