The job of the actor/actress is to portray and bring to life a character from the screenplay. To do this they must learn the lines/dialogue, adopt the characteristics of the person they are playing and follow the actions of the script. Supervised and guided by the Director, the actor must bring a realistic and truthful performance so the audience believes the character. Actors/Actresses are selected by the Director or Casting Director, they may have to audition for the role where they will perform a short scene provided by the filmmakers. It is not uncommon for actors to attend many auditions before being selected for a film.
For this role, you will need:
Be able to express truthful emotions.
Good screen and vocal presence.
Confidence, self-belief, patience.
Understanding of the creative process.
Actors/Actresses must be familiar with how a Film or TV set works and the roles of each crew member. Other useful tools in the actors’ repertoire include the ability to provide voice-overs (commercials, documentary or animation), movement (dance or stunts), accents, singing and combat. The actor can use a variety of techniques in their work including Stanislavski, Method, Meisner and Minimalist but usually, they must deliver the tone and style of the Film or TV programme. A successful actor may also need to understand how to promote their work.
Some start very young in amateur drama or school plays. Some go to Drama school after they finish school. Some can be picked at random by a talent scout, and some start by gaining experience as an Extra. Many begin by creating their own work, building up a CV and Show Reel of clips from small jobs like Short Films and Commercials.