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Actor/Actress

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At a Glance... header image

Acts the part of a character in plays productions and advertisements for film, TV, radio and theatre.


The Work header image

An Actor or Actress, in order to be assured of a successful livelihood, must be capable of interpreting and undertaking a wide variety of roles.   
  
Acting is both an art and a craft. Interpretation represents the art of acting, and communication the craft - hence stage-craft. In developing the character being portrayed, the Actor/Actress works in co-operation with the producer/director and fellow Actors/Actresses, so as to realise the full intentions of the author and the producer/director, thus stimulating the desired audience response.   
  
In addition to performing in dramatic presentations, Actors or Actresses may be employed by commercial firms for advertising. They may also find employment in the film world. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Study and rehearse roles from scripts to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.

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Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.

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Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other to develop role interpretations.

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Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.

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Perform humorous and serious interpretations of emotions, actions, and situations, using body movements, facial expressions, and gestures.

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Attend auditions and casting calls to audition for roles.

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Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements, to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.

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Work with other crew members responsible for lighting, costumes, make-up, and props.

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Sing or dance during dramatic or comedic performances.

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Read from scripts or books to narrate action or to inform or entertain audiences, utilizing few or no stage props.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Fine Arts:  Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Sociology and Anthropology:  Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be versatile, extremely committed and determined. You should be able to get on with your colleagues, as you may spend a long time working and even living with them.   
  
You must be self-confident and able to take rejection. You will also need to have a good memory in order to learn your lines. Actors/actresses are often also talented singers and dancers.


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Go..Actor - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Actor - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Actor - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Actor & Artistic Director - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Actor/actress - from:  GradIreland
Go..Drama therapist - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Theatre Company Manager - from:  icould [UK] Video

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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Abbey Theatre
  Address: 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 887 2200
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Organisation: Gate Theatre
  Address: 1 Cavendish Row, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 874 4085
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Olympia Theatre
  Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 679 3323
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Organisation: Project Arts Centre
  Address: Essex Street, Dublin 8
  Tel: (01) 881 9613
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Organisation: CityArts
  Address: 7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 (Temporary Offices)
  Tel: (01) 6799316
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Organisation: Irish Actors Equity Group (SIPTU)
  Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 6403
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Organisation: Gaiety School of Acting
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  Tel: (01) 679 9277
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Organisation: Red Kettle Theatre Company
  Address: Meeting House Lane, Waterford
  Tel: (051) 879 688
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Organisation: Gaiety Theatre
  Address: South King Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 679 5622
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