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Actor and Actress



Portray roles on TV, in movies, or on stage.

What does an Actor and Actress do?

Actors and actresses perform, creating new worlds on the stage or in front of a camera. Actors and actresses can be the celebrities you see walking the red carpet at the Oscars, or the people who perform in a small independent play at a community center.

For this job you have a lot of different work environments, and no two will be the same. You might be on a sitcom working with other actors and actresses to make people laugh, or you might do a small modern performance giving monologues by yourself.

Even more varied are the roles you portray. Just like any of your favorite movie stars, you might spend six months on a movie playing a famous pilot from history, and then on your next job play the villain in a futuristic world. Who you’re supposed to be will change with where you’re working, so you need to make sure you get the training you need to keep up with your role’s demands.

Your main responsibility is to portray a person, making sure to really get their motivations and essence across to an audience. To do this you use different techniques like, say, a British accent or specific movements which give nonverbal cues about your character. The best actors make you truly believe they are who they’re playing, even if you’ve seen them perform in other roles before.

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