Profession actor / actress

Actors portray roles in motion pictures, television or radio productions and stage shows.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Related professions film, radio, tv, theater

  • Announcer on radio, television or other media
  • Audio equipment operator
  • Broadcasting equipment operator
  • Camera and photographic equipment repairer
  • Camera operator
  • Dubbing equipment operator
  • Film, stage or related director
  • Film, stage or related producer
  • Imaging technician
  • Light or sound mixer (stages)
  • Lighting technician
  • Media interviewer
  • Motion picture projectionist
  • Photo laboratory technician
  • Product promotor
  • Radio equipment operator
  • Recording equipment operator
  • Script assistant
  • Stage designer, stand designer
  • Stage or studio wardrobe assistant
  • Stagehand
  • Studio equipment operator
  • Theatre programme vendor

Knowledge

  • Be in touch with your body

    The key aspects of applied anatomy, psychology, nutrition, physiology, and psychosocial studies and how they relate to the self-awareness of one's body. 

Skills

  • Declaim

    Speak for an audience with the expression of rhythm and vocal technique. Take care that articulation and voice projection are appropriate to the character or text. Make sure that you are heard without compromising your health: prevent fatigue and vocal strain, breathing problems and vocal cord problems.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Interact with fellow actors

    Perform together with other actors. Anticipate their moves. React to their actions.

  • Rehearse with fellow actors

    Rehearse lines and acting with fellow actors to be attuned to each other.

  • Study roles from scripts

    Study and rehearse roles from scripts; interpret, learn and memorise lines, stunts, and cues as directed.

  • Work with an artistic team

    Work closely with directors, fellow actors and playwrights to find the ideal interpretation to a role.

  • Rehearse role

    Study lines and actions. Practise them before recording or shooting to find the best way to perform them.

  • Accept feedback on artistic performance

    Accept feedback, proposed discussions and avenues of exploration about the precision of movements, rhythm, musicality, precision of the performance, interaction with peers and stage elements, areas requiring improvement. Take feedback into account to develop the potential as performer. Note the choreographers/repetiteur/dance master instructions, the instructions of other collaborators (dramaturge, performers/dancers peers, musicians, etc.) assuring being in the same page with direction team.

  • Study relationships between characters

    Study characters in scripts and their relationships to each other.

  • Act for an audience

    Act in front of an audience, according to an artistic concept.

  • Analyse theatre texts

    Understand and analyse theatre texts; take an active part in the interpretation of the artistic project; conduct thorough personal research in textual material and dramaturgy.

  • Memorise lines

    Memorise your role in a performance or broadcast, whether it is text, movement, or music.

  • Engage the audience emotionally

    Create an emotional connection with the audience through your performance. Engage the audience with sadness, humour, anger, any other emotion, or a combination thereof, and let them share your experience.

  • Perform live

    Perform in front of live audiences.

  • Interpret performance concepts in the creative process

    Learn and research a part, in personal and collective research and rehearsal, build an acting performance respecting the concept of the show.

  • Promote yourself

    Market one's own strengths in terms of skills and knowledge.

  • Adapt to different roles

    Adapt to different roles in a play, regarding the styles, ways of acting and aesthetics.

  • Analyse own performance

    Understand, analyse and describe your own performance. Contextualize your work in one or various styles, trends, evolution, etc. Self-evaluate your work in rehearsals and performances.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Interact with an audience

    Convey the artistic values of the art form(s). Respond to the reactions of your audience and involve them.

  • Attend rehearsals

    Attend rehearsals in order to adapt sets, costumes, make-up, lighting, camera set up, etc.

  • Follow directions of the artistic director

    Follow the instructions of the director while understanding his creative vision.

Optional knowledge and skills

sing communicate during show show professional responsibility participate in tourism events organise cultural events lead cast and crew conduct background research for plays photography perform for young audiences literary theory deal with public perform with motion capture equipment perform scripted dialogue perform music solo plan choreographic improvisation work with a voice coach practise singing organise rehearsals pronunciation techniques study music perform for multiple takes direct an artistic team study media sources perform in a public space show confidence breathing techniques attend read-through assess progress with the artistic team show intercultural awareness develop puppet shows music literature organise an exhibition vocal techniques speak different languages perform stunts practice dance moves perform improvisation develop magic show concepts acting techniques work in an international environment