No matter what your profession, you’re bound to know somebody who does professional acting. And even if you don’t know an actor personally, chances are you’ve seen the ones who have been in your favorite TV shows or movies. They’re not just performing on screen; they’re living a life of glamor and beauty almost every day.
But behind the scenes, they don’t always get the adoration they deserve. You should take time to show appreciation for actors because there is no doubt that their careers require a lot of hard work and dedication to make it happen. Dean Slover is one example. He’s best known for his role in the movie Hangover 2. Slover is in fact an award-winning actor and probably just didn’t wake up one day and get stuck with a career he didn’t enjoy.
As an actor, you have to be creative, innovative, and willing to do things you may not always find comfortable or appealing. You can’t shy away from learning new skills or taking on challenges that others might not even want to touch with a ten foot pole. And if you’re meeting people all the time with varying levels of personality and different quirks, you have to learn how to deal with them in a diplomatic way so as not to offend them or make them uncomfortable being around you.
1. Acting lets you express yourself.
Obviously, being an actor takes time, a lot of it. You have to spend years at it before you’re given a big part in a major production. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative and unrepressed during your career. In fact, the more you act out your character, the more comfortable doing that kind of role becomes. So if you’re someone who experiences project anxiety from time to time because of uncertainty over what that next role will be like, acting may be for you.
2. It’s a profession filled with diverse personalities and talents.
Everyone’s a little bit different, and so should be your acting. But that doesn’t mean you can’t venture into roles in which you must portray something completely different from who you are in everyday life. It’s well known that plenty of movie stars were poor, broke orphans living in the streets of Los Angeles until they were picked up by casting agents and professional trainers and put on the right trajectory to stardom.
3. Acting is something to be admired for its creativity.
Acting is an art form that allows its practitioners to set their own rules for how to perform – something most occupations don’t do. Sure, there are some stunts that actors do that can be dangerous to their health, but the freedom from predictability is one thing that can’t be denied as one of the best parts of acting.
4. The pay isn’t always consistent, but you make your own hours.
We all have those annoying co-workers who seem to want you to stay late with them and make said coworker feel better about not getting enough work done during the day because they were busy chit-chatting with friends or the latest cute coworker they just met. But when you’re an actor, you don’t have to put up with that because you can decide to work when you want and not by someone else’s terms.
5. You learn to appreciate the little things in life and the people around you.
When your job doesn’t require you to be paid all the time, it kind of teaches you how important it is not to take what pays your bills and rent, etc., for granted. The time between jobs lets you appreciate everything more because as soon as another role comes in, all of a sudden money becomes more important again. This can be a great lesson in both appreciating what you have while having patience waiting for something bigger and better.
6. You learn to focus on what’s important.
You can be doing everything right in your career as an actor and then one little slip-up can throw everything off track. One mistake on camera or a poor performance can be the difference between landing that big role and being out of work for months. So it’s a great way to learn how to stay the course, keep your eye on the prize, and not panic when things don’t exactly go according to plan.
7. You have to handle rejection professionally…and gracefully.
Actors have to deal with rejection on a daily basis. There are a lot of people out there vying for the same roles, and even more who are competing for parts that aren’t as high profile but still welcome with open arms. But actors must learn how to handle rejection without taking it personally.
8. Actors have a lot of vocal training and body control.
You might look at an actor on film and think that all they’re doing is reciting lines, but in actuality you’re watching someone control their own body’s movements and the way their voice sounds to the point where you don’t even recognize it as their own because they’ve adapted to playing a different role. That’s pretty impressive stuff.
9. It gives you a chance to network with other famous people.
You’re not only representing yourself as an actor, but you’re also representing your fans who love to see their favorite actors in action or hear their favorite actors speak on the radio or television. That’s why certain interviews that actors do are conducted by other famous people in the industry, giving you a chance to meet your idols and learn how they made it big.
10. You get to travel.
When you’re not on a set but instead on location, you can get a taste of exactly how different life can be in other countries around the world besides the United States. Maybe you wouldn’t consider yourself an adventurous person, but it’s not too far-fetched to think that traveling the world even once would change your attitude immensely.