What is it like to be an Actor?
Actors are skilled to perform character roles in dramatic productions and work in a variety of settings including theatre, film, television, opera, radio, children’s and young people’s theatre and community theatre. Actors are usually required to attend auditions, memorise and interpret scripts and rehearse their roles to prepare for performances, among many other duties.
Actors may also choose to undertake additional education and training to become secondary school drama teachers.
For more information about a career as an Actor, visit the Job Outlook website.
This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.
This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.
Is it right for me?
Actors need to have a strong sense of commitment towards their productions as well as the ability to memorise lines outside of rehearsal periods. You will have a creative mind along with excellent speaking skills.
Other key skills and attributes include:
- good memory
- stamina to perform at peak level
- ability to cope with changing situations.
To become an Actor
To be able to become an Actor, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway: