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Job Name

Actor

Job Description
Actors use speech, movement and expression to bring characters to life in theatre, film, television and radio.

Salary Low
£Varied

Salary high:
£Varied

Typical hours:
45 to 47 irregular

Typical Hours per Day:
evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become an Actor

You can get into this job through:


University

You could do a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate diploma in drama, or other relevant subject like:

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


College

There is no set entry route to become an actor but it may be useful to do a relevant subject like:

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


Volunteering


Acting is very competitive and you'll need to develop your skills by getting as much practical experience of acting as possible. You could do this through:


This can also help to put you in touch with people in the acting profession, who could be useful contacts when looking for work.


Direct Application

You may be able to find work by applying directly for roles if you have a lot of experience and exceptional acting talent.


Other Routes

You can study with a private drama school or conservatoire. Many offer full-time courses, as well as short courses and summer schools.

You'll need to pass an audition to get into a drama school. You may also need A levels or a Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts, though this is not always essential if you can show enough talent and commitment.

You may be able to get funding to help with fees and living costs at a private drama school.

You could also take graded exams in acting, musical theatre and performance art through Trinity College London, University of West London or London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).



More Information

Career tips

You'll need to get as much practical experience of acting as you can, and create a showreel to demonstrate your acting skills to agents and casting directors.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join Equity for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an actor through Get into Theatre and Discover Creative Careers.

You can also get extra support from organisations like Shape Arts, if you have a disability or special learning need.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll spend a lot of time:

Working environment

You could work at a recording studio, in the community, in a theatre or on a film set.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and you may spend nights away from home.

Career path and progression

If you can show an agent you have potential they may put you forward for auditions and castings. Agents usually take a fee of about 10% to 25% from your earnings.

You could take further training and move into directing, scriptwriting, drama therapy or teaching.






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