The job of actors is one that comes with a minimum amount of security and is both intellectually as well as physically demanding. The responsibilities of an actor are many and it is a job that entails a god deal of satisfaction, irrespective of the medium you are acting in whether it is plays, films, or on TV. Few actors become stars and many of them are successful in finding steady employment. The role of the acting professionals includes the following:
- Working in regional and local acting companies
- Appearing in industrial and commercial shows
- Narrating films
- Reading stories and plays for the audio books
- Playing minor parts in movies, radio, or TV commercials
- Dramatic coaches
- Acting teachers in schools, colleges, and local theater groups
Other than developing the best of acting skills, the job of the actor is to study the following:
- Dance and movement
- Period styles
- Playing a musical instrument
- Knowledge of theater history and film production
- Psychology courses
The more the actor's experience in the acting job, the better it is for them to get new projects. You can join a theater group or participate in public speaking or the school plays or view plays and films avidly. When training is coupled with practical experience, it helps the actor sample a diverse range of employment possibilities.
The global career prospects for acting professionals are good, although this is an extremely challenging job, since the very nature of it is extremely creative. Once you are ready to spend hours on it, you can make a head way. Rehearsing your parts over and over again will give you expertise and help you make a good start with fair possibilities of advancement.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salaries for actor jobs in Broadway on an annual basis as of May 2004 are $1500 a week. A majority of the actors of the Screen Actors Guild make millions of dollars a year. An off Broadway actor earns between $494 and $859 a week, depending on the seating capacity of the theater. On tour acting can get you $770 a week for food and accommodation expenses for the requirements of the profession.
The actors spend their time studying their lines, rehearsing their parts as well as learning the basics of the movement as well as gestures, deliveries, cues, and expressions. The actor also keeps in mind projecting the characters they are portraying in the best manner possible to the audience.