The main qualities required are:
Similar to a job interview, there will be many people auditioning for just one part at an audition. The difference for actors is that they constantly have to audition for parts. This means that they have to be able to cope with rejection and to learn from each experience.
Maintaining a positive attitude is important, as it will often take many auditions for an aspiring actor to get his/her first part. Being determined and dedicated will help in this situation, as attending as many auditions as possible should eventually end in a successful audition. In such an expressive career in arts and entertainment, it is often the people who are most passionate about what they are doing who are most successful.
Someone who wants to be a star only to achieve fame and fortune is unlikely to be successful. A genuine love of the arts and of performing is a necessity for anyone thinking of pursuing an acting career - this will shine through in performances and will ultimately help achieve success.
The most common degree held by actors is Drama. 8 percent of actors had a degree in drama before becoming actors. That is over 15 times the average across all careers. Acting graduates are the second most common among actors, representing 3 percent of actors in the Sokanu user base, which is 34.1 times the average.
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Actor, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.
|Degree||% of actors||% of population||Multiple|
|Business Management And Administration||2.0%||4.4%||0.4×|
|Film Video And Photographic Arts||1.1%||0.5%||2.0×|
|High school diploma||8%|
This is not an extensive list of top theatre universities out there, just a list of names that keep coming back among actors and acting industry professionals.
List of leading Drama schools in Canada.
A list of the 10 best Acting Schools in the world.
A list of the best acting schools in the United Kingdom.