Actor by Barbara A. Somervill

By Barbara A. Somervill

Find out what it takes to make it within the aggressive global appearing.

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Actors need to know about history, music, art, and literature. They need to complete high school and develop their skills in college or drama school. They study speech, dance, Shakespeare, and modern theater. Many schools also offer classes on film and video work, stagecraft, and directing. Talent, good looks, and a pleasant voice are helpful for actors, but other skills are even more important. Actors need to be observant. This helps them learn about people’s emotions and attitudes. Learn to observe others, both on and off stage.

Instead, they work a variety of interesting jobs. Actors may work on cruise lines, in theme parks, or at fairs and festivals. They audition for roles. They might teach acting at schools, parks, or community centers. Ed Gero is a professor at George Mason University and a professional actor. He is playing the role of Scrooge in a stage production of A Christmas Carol. Gero juggles his teaching duties at the university with rehearsals and performances. 21ST CENTURY CONTENT In the past 10 years, the popularity of video games has opened up new opportunities for actors.

59 per hour. In 2009, actors who had speaking parts in movies or on television got paid at least $782 per day or $2,713 for a five-day week. It is difficult to figure out a realistic average for actors’ wages because a select few earn so much money. A star might earn $20 million for a role in a blockbuster movie. There are nearly 100,000 SAG members, but only 50 to 75 of them earn such high salaries. Actors learn to market their skills in many ways. They might do voice-overs for commercials, documentaries, or industrial videos.

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