Guidance for Career as an Actor
(Posted On: 16-08-2015)
Performing artists are creative people. Actors need to understand and interpret the roles they are given. They then use their emotions or feelings to portray the character, performing in close coordination with co-stars.
They work either for stage performances, or in films, television and radio. Some actors specialize in one medium.
Films - Actors are hired for a particular film for either a main role or for a side role. The whole production may take months, so the actor may be involved over a long term or during some shots.
Television/Radio - actors are usually employed for one particular program, or for long-running serials. TV work requires special skills for working with camera. Actors may also specialize in radio plays. Many actors work in commercial advertising where they either appear in commercials or lend their voice.
Theater - requires working almost continuously for the duration of the show, while there may be long breaks in films, and to a lesser extent in television.
There can be a good deal of sitting around waiting for the next scene to be recorded. The actor has to learn his part and rehearse the play.
"Skills must Have"
Ability to enter a character’s shoes when performing
Stamina for long rehearsals, shoots or performances
Clear speech & diction, voice control
Love for the art
Adaptability, ability to work with a team, discipline and responsibility
Empathy & imagination to understand & express the emotions of characters
Resilience & ability to cope with uncertainty
Uninhibited before unfamiliar audiences
Good memory to learn/memorize one’s part
Ability to honor long-term time commitments
Patience, dedication and hard work
Talent, intelligence, vivid creativity and self-confidence. Ability to sing and dance can improve prospects
Mental & physical strength to cope with the demands of the job
Good general health is also important
Performing artists work essentially in the entertainment industry and also as trainers. The entertainment sector offers a variety of options from the electronic media to live shows. As trainers and therapists, opportunities exist with institutions and private academies.