Do you dream of doing this?
But your inner voice says this?
How do you know if theatre acting is right for you?
What Do Actors Really Do?
Actors tell stories as part of a team. They:
Rehearse scenes with directors, writers, choreographers, musicians, and other actors
Collaborate with costume designers and makeup artists to create characters
Coordinate with lighting, sound and/or camera technicians to "stage" the action
Memorize lines for auditions and performances
Research histories and places to understand their characters
Play with their imagination
Where Do Theatre Actors Work?
You know they work in theatres performing shows:
Did you know they also work in:
Schools - teaching drama
Heritage sites - reenacting historical events
Community arts - helping communities tell their stories
Sign language performing - for concerts and theatre
Where else might theatre actors work?
Do The Skills Pay The Bills?
It is hard to nail down what actors earn but here are some numbers that might help:
$18,500 CAD: Average annual income of actors in Canada
$1,900 USD: Minimum weekly rate for Broadway performers
$646.37 CAD: Minimum weekly rate for a Theatre for Young Audiences tour in Canada in 2021
There can be non-salary benefits too!
Health and dental care
Profit-sharing and residuals
Lots of actors have part-time jobs to make ends meet.
Who Would Enjoy Working As An Actor?
You might love a career as an actor if you…
love to perform any chance you get
are curious about meeting new people and going new places
thrive on variety instead of the same thing every day
can budget your money
You might want to think twice if you...
are happier being backstage
need a routine and familiar surroundings
want a regular paycheck
really don’t like rejection
Which of these are part of life as an actor?
Routine and stability
Working with people
Using your imagination
What do you need to do next?
Get experience and training!
Where do you start?
Right where you are!
Start living your dream one day at a time!
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