Movie Actor


Education & Training

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

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Skills Required

Job Description & Duties

  • Study and rehearse roles from scripts to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.
  • Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.
  • Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other to develop role interpretations.
  • Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.
  • Perform humorous and serious interpretations of emotions, actions, and situations, using body movements, facial expressions, and gestures.
  • Attend auditions and casting calls to audition for roles.
  • Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements, to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.
  • Work with other crew members responsible for lighting, costumes, make-up, and props.
  • Sing or dance during dramatic or comedic performances.
  • Read from scripts or books to narrate action or to inform or entertain audiences, utilizing few or no stage props.


The average salary for an actor is $52,226 annually

Outlook & Growth

There are 29,000 projected openings for actors from 2012 to 2022. It is a steady growth of from about 3 - 7 percent.

Location/ Hours of Work

Many face stress from the continual need to find their next job. To succeed, actors, producers, and directors need patience and commitment to their craft. Actors strive to deliver flawless performances, often while working under undesirable and unpleasant conditions. Producers and directors organize rehearsals and meet with writers, designers, financial backers, and production technicians. They experience stress not only from these activities, but also from the need to adhere to budgets, union work rules, and production schedules. Work assignments typically are short term—ranging from 1 day to a few months—which means that workers frequently experience long periods of unemployment between jobs. The uncertain nature of the work results in unpredictable earnings and intense competition for jobs. Often, actors, producers, and directors must hold other jobs in order to sustain a living. Work hours are often long and irregular—evening and weekend work is a regular part of life in the performing arts. Actors, producers, and directors who work in theater may travel with a touring show across the country, whereas those who work in film may work on location, sometimes under adverse weather conditions. Actors who perform in a television series often appear on camera with little preparation time, because scripts tend to be revised frequently or even written moments before taping. Those who appear live or before a studio audience must be able to handle impromptu situations and calmly ad lib, or substitute, lines when necessary. Actors should be in good physical condition and have the necessary stamina and coordination to move about theater stages and large movie and television studio lots. They also need to maneuver about complex technical sets while staying in character and projecting their voices audibly. Actors must be fit to endure heat from stage or studio lights and the weight of heavy costumes. Producers and directors ensure the safety of actors by conducting extra rehearsals on the set so that the actors can learn the layout of set pieces and props, by allowing time for warm-ups and stretching exercises to guard against physical and vocal injuries, and by providing an adequate number of breaks to prevent heat exhaustion and dehydration. Scholarships


Works Cited


Career Research – Reflection

Writing Organizer – Fill out the writing organizer based on what you learned from the unit and the project.

Topic from Unit

Fill in what you learned about yourself from this unit.


I have learned from this unit that my top three values are achievement, relationships, and support.


I have learned that some of my best skills are critical thinking, learning strategies, monitoring, active learning, time management, management of personal resources, negotiation, persuasion, coordination, system evaluation, installation, and troubleshooting.


I have learned that my top interests from this unit are social, artistic, and enterprising.

Which job did you on for the Smore?

On Smore, I completed a project on the career field of acting

Reflection Essay - Now that you have reviewed your values, skills, and interests from the unit, write a reflection identifying how your values, skills, and interests would be helpful for the job you presented in your Smore. Be sure to provide specific examples for values, for skills, and for interests and tie them directly to the job description, educational and training required, and skills required to perform the job. Compose a well structured and grammatically correct essay below.

Will Pappas


Reflection Essay

Identifying all of my skills, values, and interests seemed like it would be predictable what I would like and dislike. Although some of my skills, values, and interests were parallel to my predictions, some of the careers associated with my range of skills, values, and interests were surprising. When searching through O’Net, I filtered my results based on my skills, values, and interests. The jobs that I have wanted like a physician’s assistant, sales, and physical therapist all showed up at the top of each list for my different areas. Though, what stayed consistent on the lists a few lines below was an actor. Me an actor? Really… I thought that I must have put in the wrong information on the O’Net search tab. Though, it seemed that all the information was entered correctly and I researched actors for a bit. I have found out that a lot of the skills that I have are intertwined in the career of acting. Values that I have such as relationships and achievement were ones that I have as most important to me. Having pride in your work and forming relationships are important in acting which are important to me. Skills such as judgment and decision making, time management, and coordination are not foreign to me. The skills of enterprising and being social is what I wanted in a job as well. It is interesting how a different perspective on a job can change your way of thinking about it. Things that you may not have considered can make you miss out on a big opportunity. The thing that I have learned most from this unit is to keep your options open when it comes to finding a career that you will enjoy. Most people miss good opportunities based on presumptions that they may have about a job.