Profession actor/actress

Actors/actresses play roles and parts in stage, TV, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment or instruction. They interpret serious or comical roles by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform an audience. Actors may also dance and sing. 

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Body language

    Notice and interpret the non-verbal signals that people send out with their body, including yourself.

  • 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

  • Follow environmentally-sustainable work practices

    Apply principles, policies and regulations aimed at environmental sustainability in the workplace.

  • Follow directions of the artistic director

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

  • 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.

  • Rehearse role

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

  • Interact with an audience

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

  • 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.

  • Promote yourself

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

  • Work with an artistic team

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

  • 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 fellow actors

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

  • Adapt to different roles

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

  • Attend rehearsals

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

  • Perform live

    Perform in front of live audiences.

  • Memorise lines

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

  • Contribute to a safe working environment

    Apply basic safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the risks to you and your colleagues.

  • Study roles from scripts

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rehearse with fellow actors

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

  • Act for an audience

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Study relationships between characters

    Study characters in scripts and their relationships to each other.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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