An Actor/Actress is an individual who performs in film, television, theatre, or radio. Typically an actor will attend auditions, rehearse for their role and deliver this performance to an audience. An actor needs to be self-motivated, confident and enjoy performing in front of people. This occupation requires an individual to have creative flair, talent and commitment to their profession.

Duties and tasks

  • Attending auditions and networking with directors, producers and other actors
  • Interpreting the ideas of the writer, producer and director
  • Maintaining relationships with agents, directors and producers
  • Memorising lines, directions and commands
  • Performing in front of live audiences, listeners and spectators
  • Researching information about the role or part

Skills required

  • Buoyancy
  • Confidence
  • Excellent Memory
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Reliability and Dependability
  • Talent and Flair

Working conditions

An Actors life is always changing and depending on the type of role, an actors working conditions may vary considerably. An actor may work indoors if they are performing in stage productions, theatres or auditoriums, however they may also work outside or in remote areas. Life for an actor can be stressful however the rewards can be worthwhile.

Professional associations / Industry information

Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)

Related jobs and job titles

  • Choreographer
  • Circus Performer
  • Commentator
  • Composer
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • Entertainer
  • Producer
  • Singer
  • Television/Radio Presenter