Acting Jobs

Just what are acting jobs all about? As one stumble upon numerous career choices to make one’s career decision, one of the options you may want to consider is the acting career. Before embarking on the topic of acting jobs, first of all, what is acting? 





The basic tenet of acting is the production of an art or the entertainment of an audience. This is done through the augmentation of one’s inherent character and, thereby the portrayal of motivations and actions of characters in specific moments of time.

The success of one’s portrayal of a character, or in other words, acting, is largely determined by one’s vocal projection, facial expressions, emotional availability, script analysis and character emulation abilities.

Television, theatre, radio, video and motion picture productions are some of the work settings for actors. Non conventional, yet prevalent mediums for acting also include commercials, theme parks and nightclubs.

The common bottom end of a career in acting usually entails acting as extras, which are actors who are only featured in the background, rarely with any lines delivered throughout production. Thus one might also resort to narrative and voice over jobs, or becoming an acting instructor.

Should one succeed in reaching the next level, this would entail acting as supporting characters. The coveted position in an acting career would be the leading role.

However, the acting field is full of uncertainties. The success of an individual to covet a leading role can either be singularly or cumulatively dependent on a multitude of factors such as talent, luck, physical attributes, ancillary acting skills, creativity, acting education, passion and training undergone.

Besides going from the bottom end of acting jobs to leading roles, another ladder to be climbed to reach the pinnacle of an acting career is the types of productions.

As a start, actors who have succeeded in securing roles commonly begin with productions from smaller television markets or small production companies, slowly moving up to larger studio productions or television markets.

Commonly, the first step for actors in securing acting jobs is to go for auditions or castings. The source of information is usually the internet, newspapers and magazines where the times, dates and locations of auditions are listed.

For those desiring a steady income stream from their employment, acting jobs would not prove to be a viable option. This is due to the erratic nature of income derivation for actors. One perk for this field however, is the ability to be one’s own boss.

This perk also comes with its own detriments. Since actors are their own bosses, they are thus not employed by any party. As a consequence, the derivation of income is not fixed in nature and is dependent on the securing of roles.

This is further aggravated by the uncertain nature of the selection of roles. In other words, during bouts of failure in securing roles, an actor might have zero income and would have to resort to taking temporary jobs to support him or her financially.

That being said, once an actor becomes established however, invitations for projects would be in abundance and thereby, dramatically higher salaries can be demanded.

The establishment of actors in the entertainment scene can also bring forward other career opportunities such as becoming directors, producers, product ambassadors and with large fan bases, entrepreneurs.

The financial incentives these opportunities entail are often huge enticements for aspiring actors to pursue careers in acting.


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