What does an actor do?
An actor takes on a role in a performance, and pretends to be a character. You’ll use your voice, body and costumes to become the role you are playing. You’ll need to be highly creative and have a good memory for lines. You may be required to improvise, so being able to think on your feet is an important skill.
An actor could be working in:
You may end up working on a traveling production or a long running drama. It’s a varied job role that often requires hard work and long hours. It’s also highly competitive.
What do I need to do to become an actor?
There are a number of different routes to becoming an actor. Most actors study drama at a university or conservatoire. You’ll have to go through an audition or casting call before taking on a specific job.
To get on to a relevant degree or diploma you may need 5 GCSEs A-C, including maths and English and at least two A levels. A level drama or theatre studies is desirable, but not essential.
The most relevant vocational course would be a BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts.
- At least two A levels, drama or theatre studies is desirable
- BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?You’ll usually be self-employed and working with an agent or casting agency.
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