Careers in Acting

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"An Acting Career." 1 February 2005. .

"Actors." Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-2005 Edition. 27 January 2005.

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"Careers in Acting" 1 February 2005. .

Moore, Dick. Opportunities in Acting Careers. Chicago: Career Horizons, 1999. 6-7.

Yehling, Carol. Careers in Focus: Performing Arts. Chicago: Ferguson, 2003. 5-13.

Paul WinklerAcademic English
February 10, 2005McArthur
10-8Acting - Research Paper

"OPENING NIGHT…

…IT'S OPENING NIGHT!

IT'S MAX BIALYSTOCK'S LATEST SHOW.

WILL IT FLOP OR WILL IT GO?

THE HOUSE LIGHTS ARE DIMMING,

THE FOOTLIGHTS ARE BRIGHT,

THE TOAST OF SOCIETY'S BURNING TONIGHT!

WE'RE SO EXCITED WE CAN'T SIT DOWN…,"

the Usherettes sing in the Broadway Musical, The Producers, written by Mel Brooks and

Tom Meehan. With every new show, there is always competition to be the best show.

Since the tender age of six-years-old, I have performed in over fifty stage productions.

Out of those productions, I have done a New York City World Premier, tours, regional

theatre and many other types of theatrical demonstrations. I would like to continue my

hobby as an occupation. To continue with my thespian career, what do I need to make

this goal come true?

An actor is a person who performs on a stage or on the screen. To be a thespian

takes time, patience and talent.(Actors; Yehling)

Several people believe the misconception that acting is not a respectable

profession. Where in fact, apart of being a thespian is understanding that people won't

give them the full respect they deserve. Another important part of being an actor is to feel

good about what their doing. In addition, to feeling good about yourself you need to,

"interpret life through the window of your own life experiences." (Yehling) Although

jobs are very scarce, it helps to do a show that has good material. To increase the chances

of getting employed professional training is imperative. According to Careers in

Acting eighty-six percent of non-equity actors receive training of some kind. Before a

production begins, an actor must memorize all lines and cues for the first rehearsal. Once

in rehearsal for a show, it is now even more critical to spend numerous hours on their

own time to go over blocking and songs.

"EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS ONLY FOR NOW."

(Avenue Q) Unlike regular jobs that you can stay in for a lifetime, acting jobs are usually

short-term. The average chorus job could last for around five months. Lead roles however

could last for sometimes years. For most jobs you go to interviews for the job, for acting

you attend an audition in a very nerve-racking environment. According to Careers in

Focus: Performing Arts, a great deal of an actor's time is spent at auditions. This business

is very competitive – even for low-paying chorus roles. In 1975, Michael Bennett, James

Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban wrote a musical titled

A Chorus Line. This show is about the lives and misfortunes of actors, set in an audition

for a Broadway chorus. In the opening of the show they sing, "GOD, I HOPE I GET IT!

I'VE COME SO FAR BUT EVEN SO – IT COULD BE YES, IT COULD BE NO.

HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES HE NEED? HOW MANY BOYS? –HOW MANY

GIRLS? I'VE GOT TO GET THIS SHOW!" Once in rehearsal, everything becomes very

tedious and stressful. The typical Broadway play or musical rehearses six days a week for

eight to ten hours. Each show has a technical week or what actors like to call a "hell

week." During this time, the entire cast and crew reharse for seven days straight with

little or no break time. When a show opens for he public, the lead actors and actresses

sometimes do not perform on Wednesdays and Thursdays so that they call rest their

voice. Their replacements are called swings or understudies. A swing actor...
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