Exploring Career Options
Your Career in Acting for Film, TV & Theatre
About This Job
Actors study scripts, develop characters and then perform in front of live audiences, or a production crew for pre-recorded works. It is not uncommon that actors may have to participate in numerous auditions before landing a role. Once they have earned a part, they may conduct research to help understand and create their character. An actor’s job is dynamic, as this profession requires one to work closely with the director and other actors to deliver the best performance possible. One of an actor’s strongest assets is the ability to adapt to feedback, as changes are often based on the director and/or producer’s suggestions. Some actors may be required to dance, sing or learn a new skill to perform on the job.
Ultimately, the actor is the vessel requiring the use of all their senses. It requires concentration and physical prowess. Therefore, it is essential the actor not only understands the rigors of the profession but also maintains the skills necessary to sustain a lengthy and viable career. It requires the actor to be able to research time periods and styles and adapt to meet the needs of each role they play.
Studying Acting for Film, TV and Theatre will provide you with the necessary competencies and skills to work anywhere in the world. The profession is ever-growing, and Toronto Film School is your pathway to this dynamic career.
A Career in Acting for Film, TV & Theatre
- Requires skills in script interpretation, analysis and delivery
- Requires skills that hone the voice, mind, and body
- The actor must be able to respond to constructive critique and be able to shape their performance in accordance with the director’s wishes.
- Understand the various terminologies that correspond to the film and theatre. For example, in theatre the terminologies are, stage right, stage left, up stage, down stage. In TV and Film, it is camera right, and camera left.
- The actor must have a suitable resume and demo reel highlighting their abilities and accomplishments. It is essential that any social media, resumes, and websites be updated regularly.
- Physical Stamina – Working long hours on one’s feet
- Memorization – Remembering lines, stage directions
- Creativity – Developing characters, conveying emotion, brainstorming
- Reading – Understanding and interpreting scripts
- Speaking – Projection and pronunciation for audience
- Teamwork – Working closely with cast and crew for a production
- Improvisation – Adjusting to different situations
- Dedication – Seeing a project through, persisting through rejection
- Actors work in various settings, including production studios, theatres, and events, or on location
- Work assignments are usually short, ranging from one day to months
- Productions can be indoors/outdoors or both
- Part of the work may be done from home: auditions, self-tapes, meetings, etc.
- May require access to suitable lighting, backdrop, filming equipment (iPhone/Camera, microphone, backdrop, etc.)
- Travel across locations, provinces or countries may be required
- Actors may also choose to work on touring productions and cruise ships
- Toronto Film School and other accredited professional theatre and film programs
- CFC – Canadian Film Centre
- Banff Centre for the Performing Arts
- Acting, singing, movement, and voice coaches located throughout the city
- Improv classes at The Second City, Vancouver Theatre sports, or others
- Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA) – Yorkville University
- ScriptLab – has a variety of films free to download to read, read, read!
Job Search Tips - Where to Focus Your Time
- Meet with a TFS Career Services Advisor
- Volunteer to gain experience and build your network
- Check out opportunities with:
…and local theatre companies
- Attend networking events
- Learn about professional contacts from various websites: Mandy, IMDb, Casting Workbook, Broadway World etc.
- Join a professional association: ACTRA & CAEA
- Join LinkedIn groups and search for group members
- Search for and attend industry events
Learn about essential skills for actors, labour market information, and salary data
Build a strong Actor’s Package:
- Learn what to include in your acting resume
- Review sample actor resumes
- Learn how to get the perfect headshot
- Learn how to craft your actor biography
- Craft a demo reel, to help you stand out!
Create a LinkedIn profile:
Production Cast & Crew job portals:
- Work In Culture
- Casting Workbook & Other Casting Websites
- Join actor/casting/film groups on Facebook
- Toronto Film School Job Board