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MOVIE/TV STAR: David Harewood

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Interview of popular Homeland and Blood Diamond actor David Harewood.

Job Title: Actor
Employer: Self-employed

Job Summary: Actors

Job Description

Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media. They also work at theme parks or for other live events. They interpret a writer's script to entertain or inform an audience.

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Long-term on-the-job training

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It takes many years of practice to develop the skills needed to be successful, and actors never truly finish training. They work to improve their acting skills throughout their career. Many actors continue to train through workshops or mentoring by a drama coach.

Every role is different, and an actor may need to learn something new each time. For example, a role may require learning how to sing or dance, or an actor may have to learn a foreign accent or how to play an instrument or a sport.

Many aspiring actors participate in high school, college, and local community plays. In television and film, actors usually start out in smaller roles or independent movies and work their way up to bigger productions.

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$0 - $250,000
Projected job growth
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0 to 10 percent
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Long hours, Irregular, Varies Widely
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Travel, Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
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Detail oriented, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, Strength/stamina, People skills, Public speaking ability

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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='0'>One</span> <span m='355'>of the kind of things</span> <span m='710'>I</span> <span m='800'>do</span> <span m='1030'>on</span> <span m='1140'>a</span> <span m='1200'>day</span> <span m='1380'>to</span> <span m='1490'>day</span> <span m='1660'>basis--</span> <span m='2410'>well, I</span> <span m='2610'>try not</span> <span m='2790'>to</span> <span m='2960'>worry,</span> <span m='3510'>because</span> <span m='3820'>most</span> <span m='4110'>of</span> <span m='4160'>the</span> <span m='4250'>things</span> <span m='4570'>that--</span> <span m='5620'>as</span> <span m='6170'>an</span> <span m='6260'>actor,</span> <span m='6720'>you</span> <span m='6910'>have</span> <span m='7580'>relatively</span> <span m='8180'>little</span> <span m='8730'>control</span> <span m='9200'>over</span> <span m='9330'>what</span> <span m='9480'>you</span> <span m='9600'>do.</span> <span m='10320'>So</span> <span m='11110'>there's</span> <span m='11230'>a</span> <span m='11360'>large</span> <span m='11650'>amount</span> <span m='11810'>of</span> <span m='11870'>anxiety.</span> <span m='12490'>There's</span> <span m='12630'>a</span> <span m='12700'>large</span> <span m='12960'>amount</span> <span m='13220'>of</span> <span m='13730'>rejection.</span> <span m='14960'>There's</span> <span m='15170'>a</span> <span m='15240'>large</span> <span m='15540'>amount</span> <span m='16020'>of</span> <span m='18550'>thinking</span> <span m='19030'>about</span> <span m='19620'>what</span> <span m='19910'>your</span> <span m='20090'>next</span> <span m='20820'>movie</span> <span m='21110'>is</span> <span m='21230'>going</span> <span m='21420'>to</span> <span m='21520'>be.</span> <span m='22860'>As I</span> <span m='22960'>say,</span> <span m='23220'>you're</span> <span m='23390'>pretty</span> <span m='23630'>powerless</span> <span m='24410'>as</span> <span m='24520'>an</span> <span m='24620'>actor,</span> <span m='24950'>so</span> <span m='25680'>really,</span> <span m='26140'>it's</span> <span m='28390'>your</span> <span m='28560'>agent</span> <span m='28820'>who</span> <span m='28930'>gets</span> <span m='29100'>you the</span> <span m='29290'>work,</span> <span m='29660'>or</span> <span m='29780'>your</span> <span m='29870'>reputation</span> <span m='30400'>that</span> <span m='30460'>gets</span> <span m='30660'>you</span> <span m='30780'>the</span> <span m='30870'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='31310'>But</span> <span m='33075'>I</span> <span m='33350'>wouldn't</span> <span m='33530'>necessarily</span> <span m='34020'>say</span> <span m='34340'>that</span> <span m='35180'>there</span> <span m='35450'>is</span> <span m='35540'>anything</span> <span m='35840'>I</span> <span m='35920'>do</span> <span m='37310'>regularly.</span> <span m='38470'>Each</span> <span m='38720'>day</span> <span m='38920'>is</span> <span m='39100'>very,</span> <span m='39440'>very</span> <span m='39530'>different</span> <span m='39850'>for an actor,</span> <span m='40320'>because</span> <span m='42660'>we</span> <span m='42920'>never</span> <span m='43110'>say</span> <span m='43250'>the</span> <span m='43340'>same</span> <span m='43540'>lines,</span> <span m='44450'>and</span> <span m='44770'>we're</span> <span m='44850'>not</span> <span m='45150'>always</span> <span m='45500'>doing</span> <span m='45850'>the</span> <span m='45980'>same</span> <span m='46200'>thing.</span> <span m='46790'>Obviously,</span> <span m='46950'>in</span> <span m='47270'>theater</span> <span m='47620'>that's</span> <span m='47840'>different,</span> <span m='48190'>but</span> <span m='51510'>it's</span> <span m='51890'>a</span> <span m='51940'>very,</span> <span m='52400'>very</span> <span m='52530'>peculiar</span> <span m='52950'>job.</span> <span m='53650'>And</span> <span m='53940'>I</span> <span m='53980'>would</span> <span m='54160'>say</span> <span m='54430'>that</span> <span m='55520'>it's</span> <span m='55650'>one</span> <span m='55760'>of</span> <span m='55800'>the</span> <span m='55870'>great</span> <span m='56140'>things</span> <span m='56420'>that</span> <span m='56690'>I</span> <span m='56810'>never</span> <span m='57060'>have</span> <span m='57870'>an</span> <span m='58050'>average</span> <span m='58480'>day,</span> <span m='59020'>but</span> <span m='59130'>it's</span> <span m='59230'>also</span> <span m='59520'>one</span> <span m='59650'>of</span> <span m='59720'>the</span> <span m='61270'>more</span> <span m='61490'>unsettling</span> <span m='61980'>things</span> <span m='62290'>that I</span> <span m='62390'>never</span> <span m='62590'>have</span> <span m='62740'>an</span> <span m='62820'>average day,</span> <span m='63160'>because</span> <span m='64610'>no</span> <span m='64790'>two</span> <span m='64970'>days</span> <span m='65239'>are</span> <span m='65290'>the</span> <span m='65379'>same.</span> </p><p><span m='66630'>Well,</span> <span m='66925'>my career path</span> <span m='67220'>was</span> <span m='67380'>a very</span> <span m='67630'>odd</span> <span m='67800'>one,</span> <span m='67960'>because</span> <span m='69440'>I</span> <span m='69590'>didn't</span> <span m='69820'>really</span> <span m='70040'>get</span> <span m='70220'>academia.</span> <span m='70790'>I</span> <span m='70940'>was</span> <span m='71890'>just</span> <span m='72210'>not</span> <span m='72520'>really</span> <span m='72910'>tuned</span> <span m='73220'>in</span> <span m='73890'>to</span> <span m='74980'>sitting</span> <span m='75790'>in a</span> <span m='76100'>sociology</span> <span m='76600'>lesson,</span> <span m='76950'>and</span> <span m='77300'>listing</span> <span m='77620'>for</span> <span m='77900'>hours</span> <span m='78340'>on</span> <span m='78500'>end</span> <span m='78770'>about</span> <span m='79660'>graphs</span> <span m='80100'>and</span> <span m='80210'>things.</span> <span m='80650'>So</span> <span m='81620'>I</span> <span m='82990'>wasn't</span> <span m='83580'>a</span> <span m='83640'>great</span> <span m='84470'>pupil,</span> <span m='84930'>but</span> <span m='85140'>then</span> <span m='87240'>a</span> <span m='87320'>teacher</span> <span m='87750'>basically</span> <span m='88090'>suggested</span> <span m='88650'>I</span> <span m='88880'>become</span> <span m='89270'>an</span> <span m='89370'>actor,</span> <span m='90110'>because</span> <span m='90280'>I</span> <span m='90320'>was always</span> <span m='90600'>messing</span> <span m='90880'>around at</span> <span m='91200'>school,</span> <span m='91570'>and I was</span> <span m='91860'>always</span> <span m='92090'>entertaining</span> <span m='92620'>my</span> <span m='92750'>friends.</span> </p><p><span m='93660'>So</span> <span m='93920'>I</span> <span m='94630'>took</span> <span m='94780'>him</span> <span m='94920'>up</span> <span m='95030'>on his</span> <span m='95220'>word,</span> <span m='95500'>and</span> <span m='95590'>I</span> <span m='96410'>auditioned</span> <span m='96760'>for</span> <span m='98145'>the</span> <span m='98530'>Birmingham</span> <span m='98640'>Youth</span> <span m='98980'>Theatre,</span> <span m='99390'>and</span> <span m='99510'>they</span> <span m='99640'>turned</span> <span m='99930'>me</span> <span m='100060'>down.</span> <span m='100430'>A</span> <span m='100830'>week</span> <span m='100980'>later,</span> <span m='101150'>I auditioned</span> <span m='101560'>for the</span> <span m='101860'>National</span> <span m='102180'>Youth</span> <span m='102300'>Theatre,</span> <span m='102520'>and</span> <span m='102690'>they</span> <span m='102870'>said</span> <span m='103110'>yes.</span> <span m='104060'>Again,</span> <span m='106540'>there's</span> <span m='106730'>no</span> <span m='106970'>average,</span> <span m='107370'>or</span> <span m='107500'>no</span> <span m='107830'>ordinary,</span> <span m='108050'>in this</span> <span m='108240'>game.</span> </p><p><span m='109590'>So</span> <span m='109900'>I</span> <span m='110030'>kind</span> <span m='110270'>of</span> <span m='110340'>went</span> <span m='110520'>to the</span> <span m='110680'>National</span> <span m='110950'>Youth</span> <span m='111100'>Theatre</span> <span m='111300'>in</span> <span m='111480'>England.</span> <span m='112500'>I</span> <span m='112950'>was</span> <span m='113280'>there</span> <span m='113480'>for</span> <span m='113620'>two</span> <span m='114640'>years.</span> <span m='115540'>It</span> <span m='115620'>was</span> <span m='115800'>then</span> <span m='115960'>suggested</span> <span m='116360'>to</span> <span m='116440'>me</span> <span m='116560'>that</span> <span m='117830'>I</span> <span m='117940'>should</span> <span m='118020'>go</span> <span m='118130'>to</span> <span m='118230'>drama</span> <span m='118550'>school.</span> <span m='118940'>So I</span> <span m='119350'>auditioned</span> <span m='119850'>for</span> <span m='120280'>lots</span> <span m='120580'>of</span> <span m='120640'>drama</span> <span m='120900'>schools,</span> <span m='121210'>got</span> <span m='121500'>turned</span> <span m='121700'>down</span> <span m='122030'>from a</span> <span m='122070'>lot</span> <span m='122280'>of</span> <span m='122360'>drama</span> <span m='122650'>schools.</span> </p><p><span m='123770'>Eventually,</span> <span m='125260'>got</span> <span m='125550'>into</span> <span m='126130'>RADA,</span> <span m='126630'>which</span> <span m='126800'>is one</span> <span m='126990'>of</span> <span m='127140'>the</span> <span m='127190'>best drama</span> <span m='127560'>schools</span> <span m='127820'>in</span> <span m='127870'>the</span> <span m='127950'>world.</span> <span m='129400'>Have</span> <span m='129600'>no</span> <span m='129949'>idea</span> <span m='130300'>how</span> <span m='130430'>I</span> <span m='130500'>got</span> <span m='130660'>in.</span> <span m='131020'>I</span> <span m='131110'>have</span> <span m='131400'>absolutely</span> <span m='131880'>no</span> <span m='132090'>idea.</span> <span m='132740'>I</span> <span m='132850'>mean,</span> <span m='133450'>talent,</span> <span m='133830'>or luck,</span> <span m='134290'>or whatever.</span> <span m='135120'>But I</span> <span m='135410'>managed</span> <span m='135770'>to</span> <span m='135830'>get</span> <span m='135960'>into</span> <span m='136130'>RADA,</span> <span m='137360'>and</span> <span m='137470'>it's</span> <span m='137630'>been</span> <span m='139020'>fairly</span> <span m='139500'>consistent</span> <span m='140050'>work</span> <span m='140830'>since</span> <span m='141100'>I</span> <span m='141190'>was</span> <span m='141330'>about</span> <span m='142230'>20</span> <span m='142590'>years</span> <span m='142780'>old.</span> </p><p><span m='143700'>So</span> <span m='146420'>people</span> <span m='146530'>say,</span> <span m='146760'>you're</span> <span m='146890'>as</span> <span m='146980'>good</span> <span m='147090'>as</span> <span m='147160'>your</span> <span m='147250'>last</span> <span m='147480'>job,</span> <span m='147740'>and</span> <span m='148820'>so</span> <span m='149070'>far,</span> <span m='149330'>so</span> <span m='149510'>good.</span> <span m='149740'>Everything</span> <span m='150100'>seems</span> <span m='150510'>to</span> <span m='150600'>be</span> <span m='151220'>continuing.</span> <span m='152290'>But</span> <span m='153560'>if</span> <span m='153690'>the</span> <span m='153770'>phone</span> <span m='153990'>doesn't</span> <span m='154260'>ring,</span> <span m='154470'>I</span> <span m='154540'>don't</span> <span m='154720'>work.</span> <span m='155360'>And</span> <span m='155520'>that's</span> <span m='156350'>a</span> <span m='156440'>lot</span> <span m='156650'>of</span> <span m='156750'>where</span> <span m='156940'>the</span> <span m='157140'>anxiety</span> <span m='157710'>sometimes</span> <span m='158090'>can</span> <span m='158240'>come</span> <span m='158430'>in</span> <span m='158590'>with being</span> <span m='159073'>an actor.</span> </p><p><span m='160040'>One</span> <span m='160150'>of</span> <span m='160230'>the</span> <span m='160320'>things</span> <span m='160560'>I</span> <span m='160620'>wish</span> <span m='160820'>I</span> <span m='160910'>knew</span> <span m='161110'>when</span> <span m='161250'>I</span> <span m='161390'>was</span> <span m='163280'>younger</span> <span m='164060'>was</span> <span m='164330'>that</span> <span m='164560'>there</span> <span m='164680'>will</span> <span m='164870'>be</span> <span m='165640'>good</span> <span m='165910'>days</span> <span m='166820'>and</span> <span m='167040'>bad</span> <span m='167400'>days.</span> <span m='168070'>Not</span> <span m='168710'>every</span> <span m='169030'>day</span> <span m='169220'>is</span> <span m='169350'>going</span> <span m='169460'>to</span> <span m='169510'>be</span> <span m='169640'>a</span> <span m='169680'>good</span> <span m='169870'>day.</span> <span m='170523'>And</span> <span m='170866'>I</span> <span m='171210'>think</span> <span m='171710'>that</span> <span m='173040'>when</span> <span m='173240'>I</span> <span m='173320'>was</span> <span m='173450'>younger,</span> <span m='173770'>I</span> <span m='173880'>suppose</span> <span m='174660'>I</span> <span m='174850'>had</span> <span m='176120'>the</span> <span m='176190'>impression</span> <span m='176620'>that</span> <span m='177400'>it was all</span> <span m='177630'>going</span> <span m='177830'>to</span> <span m='177870'>be</span> <span m='178390'>a</span> <span m='178810'>breeze,</span> <span m='179180'>because</span> <span m='179450'>I</span> <span m='179490'>was</span> <span m='179670'>always</span> <span m='179970'>working</span> <span m='180310'>when</span> <span m='180430'>I</span> <span m='180450'>was</span> <span m='180570'>younger,</span> <span m='181970'>and</span> <span m='182270'>never</span> <span m='182500'>really</span> <span m='182790'>had</span> <span m='182970'>a</span> <span m='183020'>moment</span> <span m='185420'>of</span> <span m='185510'>unemployment.</span> <span m='185765'>I was</span> <span m='186020'>literally</span> <span m='186730'>sometimes</span> <span m='187090'>doing</span> <span m='187270'>two</span> <span m='187420'>jobs</span> <span m='187680'>at</span> <span m='187760'>once,</span> <span m='188660'>sometimes</span> <span m='189100'>doing</span> <span m='189210'>three</span> <span m='189490'>jobs</span> <span m='189750'>at</span> <span m='189800'>once.</span> <span m='190710'>And</span> <span m='191130'>the phone</span> <span m='191300'>was</span> <span m='191410'>always</span> <span m='191670'>ringing,</span> <span m='192190'>and</span> <span m='192290'>I</span> <span m='192340'>was</span> <span m='192520'>busy,</span> <span m='194240'>and</span> <span m='194380'>I didn't save</span> <span m='194710'>any</span> <span m='194830'>money.</span> <span m='195190'>I</span> <span m='195220'>was</span> <span m='195440'>just</span> <span m='195630'>like,</span> <span m='195870'>yeah,</span> <span m='196350'>having a</span> <span m='196400'>great</span> <span m='196590'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='197320'>And</span> <span m='197350'>then,</span> <span m='197500'>suddenly,</span> <span m='197800'>I</span> <span m='198050'>hit</span> <span m='198630'>a</span> <span m='198730'>wall.</span> <span m='201170'>Maybe</span> <span m='201420'>it's</span> <span m='201970'>me</span> <span m='202330'>maturing,</span> <span m='202940'>or</span> <span m='203020'>something.</span> <span m='203300'>But</span> <span m='203870'>I can</span> <span m='204150'>remember</span> <span m='204440'>the</span> <span m='204540'>day</span> <span m='204710'>when</span> <span m='204840'>the</span> <span m='204900'>phone</span> <span m='205150'>didn't</span> <span m='206120'>ring</span> <span m='206600'>for</span> <span m='206750'>a</span> <span m='206800'>couple of</span> <span m='207070'>weeks,</span> <span m='207400'>and</span> <span m='207990'>a</span> <span m='208010'>couple</span> <span m='208190'>of</span> <span m='208250'>months,</span> <span m='208930'>and</span> <span m='209120'>then</span> <span m='209310'>that's</span> <span m='209530'>when</span> <span m='209660'>I</span> <span m='209750'>started</span> <span m='210070'>to</span> <span m='211240'>kind of</span> <span m='211440'>come</span> <span m='211620'>apart,</span> <span m='212060'>really,</span> <span m='212350'>and slightly</span> <span m='212670'>unravel.</span> </p><p><span m='213350'>So</span> <span m='213620'>I</span> <span m='213690'>would</span> <span m='213900'>say</span> <span m='214170'>that</span> <span m='214690'>if</span> <span m='215140'>I</span> <span m='216120'>was</span> <span m='216330'>to</span> <span m='216470'>speak</span> <span m='216700'>to</span> <span m='216790'>my</span> <span m='216930'>younger</span> <span m='217250'>self,</span> <span m='217660'>I</span> <span m='217730'>would</span> <span m='217900'>say,</span> <span m='219110'>expect</span> <span m='221220'>bad</span> <span m='221480'>times</span> <span m='221690'>as</span> <span m='221830'>well</span> <span m='221950'>as</span> <span m='222060'>good</span> <span m='222210'>times,</span> <span m='222530'>and</span> <span m='222650'>just</span> <span m='222830'>be</span> <span m='222960'>prepared.</span> <span m='223400'>Be</span> <span m='223530'>on</span> <span m='223630'>your</span> <span m='223730'>feet.</span> <span m='224470'>That</span> <span m='224870'>it</span> <span m='224990'>isn't</span> <span m='225220'>always</span> <span m='225530'>going</span> <span m='225630'>to</span> <span m='225680'>be a</span> <span m='225810'>walk in</span> <span m='226090'>the</span> <span m='226170'>park.</span> <span m='226540'>You'll have</span> <span m='226700'>great</span> <span m='226970'>days,</span> <span m='227785'>and</span> <span m='228170'>you'll have</span> <span m='228240'>bad</span> <span m='228440'>days.</span> <span m='228700'>And</span> <span m='229030'>on</span> <span m='229200'>the</span> <span m='229280'>bad</span> <span m='229780'>days,</span> <span m='230020'>you've</span> <span m='230140'>got</span> <span m='230270'>to</span> <span m='231280'>rely</span> <span m='231410'>on</span> <span m='231670'>your</span> <span m='232000'>own</span> <span m='232240'>strength</span> <span m='232630'>of</span> <span m='232700'>spirit</span> <span m='233090'>and</span> <span m='233330'>your character</span> <span m='233660'>to</span> <span m='233750'>get</span> <span m='233880'>you</span> <span m='233970'>through.</span> </p><p><span m='235740'>Honestly,</span> <span m='236210'>you</span> <span m='236330'>don't</span> <span m='236470'>worry</span> <span m='236600'>about</span> <span m='236760'>the</span> <span m='236810'>good</span> <span m='236950'>days,</span> <span m='237170'>because</span> <span m='237270'>they</span> <span m='237370'>take care of</span> <span m='237700'>themselves.</span> <span m='238210'>But</span> <span m='238760'>there</span> <span m='238880'>will</span> <span m='239010'>be</span> <span m='239110'>bad</span> <span m='239310'>days,</span> <span m='239600'>and</span> <span m='240680'>there will</span> <span m='240860'>be</span> <span m='240950'>trouble</span> <span m='241180'>ahead,</span> <span m='241430'>as</span> <span m='241610'>some say.</span> <span m='242420'>So</span> <span m='243020'>I</span> <span m='243130'>would</span> <span m='243290'>just</span> <span m='243700'>caution</span> <span m='244070'>myself</span> <span m='245030'>not</span> <span m='245280'>to</span> <span m='245370'>be</span> <span m='245490'>so</span> <span m='247330'>buffeted</span> <span m='248580'>by</span> <span m='248890'>the</span> <span m='250910'>strange</span> <span m='251490'>quirks</span> <span m='251745'>of</span> <span m='252000'>fate</span> <span m='253500'>that</span> <span m='253790'>don't</span> <span m='254010'>always</span> <span m='254410'>go</span> <span m='254550'>you</span> <span m='254690'>way.</span> </p>","file":{"id":506648,"video_id":"3881422075001","name":"2712 - David Harewood","duration":256464,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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