What does an Actor do?

Actors take on roles and and perform scenes in various settings. Often required to take on multiple roles, actors must be flexible enough to remember lines, read from cue cards, and create a performance that is suited for the contracted task. Actors may also be required to sing, dance, and modulate speech as required by different roles.

Actors do not need any formal degrees or training. However, formal training and prior experience may be beneficial. This can include a Bachelor's degree in theater or other related degrees, or training from known acting schools or coaches. Actors must have exceptional communication skills and be able to work collaboratively. This role may also require strong interpersonal skills and a notable ability to handle sudden changes.

  • Memorize and deliver script lines as necessary
  • Work collaboratively with other actors to perform scenes
  • Provide feedback and insight into the performance of a role
  • Practice lines and scenes both independently and collaboratively
  • Offer suggestions to directors regarding roles, scenes, and lines
  • Make necessary adjustments to acting as requested by
  • Arrange schedule to arrive on set when required
  • Travel to various different set locations for recording, as needed
  • Bachelor's degree in theater, speech, or other related fields may be preferred
  • Experience performing in front of an audience
  • Familiarity with different styles and schools of acting
  • Ability to memorize and deliver lines on cue
  • Openness to taking direction from directors and others
  • Capable of taking, processing, and utilizing critical feedback
  • Willingness to grow into a role and learn new ways to perform
  • Extremely flexible and able to work within high-pressure and high-stress environments
  • Can easily adapt to new situations
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Actor Salaries

Average Base Pay

£10 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £10
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Actor Career Path

Learn how to become an Actor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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18 Nov 2020

“It was fun and it was a great experince”

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12 Sep 2021

“Fun and exciting work with flexible schedule.”

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31 Mar 2021

“Great agents that really care about your career”

9 Nov 2021

“It is good but pay is bad”

Porn Actor
10 Nov 2021

“I AM interested and great job”

7 Jan 2020

“good pay and you get to have fun”

28 Jul 2021

“Exercise and good heart rate.”

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Haunt Scare Actor
14 Jun 2021

“Pay was decent enough for only having to work 4”

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