Become an Actor

Emma Guðmundsdóttir

English text translated to Icelandic.

Study acting at a university or arts academy. Though it's possible to do without this step, if you don't live in LA or New York, this is a pretty standard go-to option. Alternatively, you can join a local theater group. You'll get exposure to the pros, learn about techniques, and get automatic chances to work on a stage. For the more tangible stuff, you'll be building your resume, getting exposure and setting up a network. And your teachers will constantly be pushing you to do more, practically taking care of the motivation part for you.

Audition for community theater. This process can be a step above college theater if the theater takes the productions seriously and has a decent budget. Winning a role in a community theater production will put you in contact with others who are polishing their craft just like you and garner you more experience. You'll also get a better idea of where you stand in relation to the competition.
* Even if you're not looking to work for the stage or do straight plays or musicals, any experience in the field of drama looks good on your resume and will teach you things you didn't know. And you'll make friends, too!

Icelandic translation.

Lærðu leiklist í háskóla eða listaháskóla. Þótt það sé möguleiki að komast að án þessara valmöguleika, þá er þetta samt lang besti valmöguleikinn ef þú býrð ekki í LA eða New York. Einnig geturu gengið í leiklistarhópa í þínum heimabæjum. Þú munt verða sjáanleg í augum atvinnumanna, læra tæknina, og sjálfkrafa fá tækifæri til að vinna á sviði. Fyrir meira auðsjáanlega hluti, muntu byggja upp ferilskránna þína, búa þér til vefsíðu og verða útsett/ur. Og kennarar þínir munu stöðugt ýta þér áfram til að gera meira, nánast að hugsa um kvatningar hlutann fyrir þig.

Áhorfendaprufur fyrir samfélagsleg leikhús. Þetta ferli getur verið á hærra stigi en háskóla leikhús ef að leikhúsið tekur verkefnunum alvarlega og er fjárhagslega vel statt. Þegar þú kemst að í verkefni í samfélags leikhúsum þá verðuru sett/ur í samband við fólk sem eru að fínpússa iðju sína alveg eins og þú, og safnar þér meiri reynslu. Þú munt einnig fá vitund um það hvar þú stendur varðandi samkeppnina.
* Þótt þú sért ekki að leitast eftir vinnu á sviði, leika í leikritum eða söngleikjum, þá er hver önnur reynsla á sviði leiklistar mjög góð á ferilsskrá þína og mun kenna þér hluti sem þú vissir ekki af. Og að sjálfsögðu muntu eignast vini líka!

This text was chosen because of my interest in acting. I have always wanted to study acting, mostly theater acting. The text got me some ideas on how and where its best to start and work your way to a higher level. And of course there were a few words in that text that i didn't know but i learned them.

Icelandic text translated to english

Hvað gerir leikari?

Leikarar taka að sér að túlka hlutverk í leikritum, kvikmyndum, auglýsingum og á fleiri sviðum. Á litlum markaði, eins og á Íslandi, gera leikarar oft sitt lítið af hverju, en á stærri svæðum eins og í Bandaríkjunum sérhæfa leikarar sig oft eftir þessum sviðum og jafnvel eftir gerð afþreyingarefnisins, svo sem gamanleik, drama og hrollvekju. Leikarar fást einnig við raddsetningu á barnaefni, leiklestur og upplestur fyrir útvarp.

Hvar læri ég að verða leikari?

Langi mann að verða leikari getur verið gott að fara í leiklistarskóla. Þar lærir maður ýmislegt sem gagnast manni í starfi, svo sem raddbeitingu, túlkun, hreyfifærni, leiklistarsögu, karaktersköpun og fleira. Leiklistarskólar eru yfirleitt á háskólastigi, en einnig eru til framhalds- og lýðháskólar á Íslandi og erlendis sem bjóða upp á grunnundirbúning í leiklist. Athugið samt að sumir frægir leikarar hafa aldrei farið í leiklistarskóla, heldur einfaldlega verið uppgötvaðir vegna hæfileika sinna. Athugið einnig að nám í leiklistarskóla er engin gulltrygging fyrir því að þú “meikir það” á sviðinu, enda markaðurinn á Íslandi lítill og erfitt að komast að erlendis. Leiklistarnám er þó alltént mjög góður undirbúningur fyrir alls kyns störf þar sem áhersla er á að koma fram og tjá sig.


The English translation.


What do actors do?
Actors do their job to interpret roles in theaters, movies, advertisers and so on. On a small market, like in Iceland, actors do a mixture of things, but in areas like the United States they specialize themselves in these ranges and also in different entertainments like comedy, drama and horror. Actors also do voice over on children's TV-shows, theater readings and reading for the radio.

Where do i learn to become an actor?

If you want to be an actor its always good to go to an acting school. There you will learn a lot that helps you on your acting, also an vocal training, interpretation, movement skills, acting history, character creation and etc. Acting schools are mostly on a college level, but there are high schools and folk high schools both in Iceland and abroad who offers basic preparation in acting. But notice this, some actors have never been to an acting school, but they have been discovered because of their talent. Also notice that education in acting schools is more solid for you to "make it" on that range, because the market in Iceland is small and not easy to make it abroad.
Studying acting is also a good preparation for all sorts of jobs where they focus on coming forward and expressing yourself.

An Interview

I took an Interview with a actor that i think is interesting. I have seen him in a play called The Robin Hood(or in Icelandic Hrói Höttur) and on a Icelandic TV-show called Réttur. I asked him some basic questions about him and questions about his carrier.

What's your name?
- Sigurður Þór Óskarsson.
Where are you from?
- I'm from Reykjavík.
When did you get the interest of becoming an actor?
- I think I trace it back to college.
Did you go to any courses?
- No but a participated in a show at Verzlunarskóli Íslands and learned a lot from it.
What school did you go to?
- I went to Iceland Academy of the Arts and took an acting program there.
Who is your favorite actor/actress?
- I have way to many, but if I had to mention someone it would be Bergur Þór Ingólfsson and Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir.
What do you need to become an actor/actress?
- Don't be afraid to give it a 100%.
What is your life motto?
- I try to do the best i can, no matter how small the project is.
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Home is a song I've always remembered

It almost says everything in the text above, but this video is about a guy who says that by being a musician and if you want to impress people you have to give, give from yourself! like he says "If your intentions are to impress people or to get the big applause at the and then you are taking, not giving.''
By giving he means that, give more of yourself, let the audience feel the way you feel, and let them know how you see things around you.

I chose this video because..

Music means everything to me, and when i saw that video I knew exactly what he was talking about. When i listen to music, I don't just listen to it, i read the lyrics and i interpret it. This video made me realize how music can get to the audience just by telling the truth and tell them how you feel. I recommend that you take your time and watch this video.