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ACTOR, IN-DEPTH: Doing Scenes I Never Imagined Myself Doing

About this video 

Tyler is a Professional Actor working for himself. Tyler gets gigs all around his area, but tells us how he doesn't always gets a gig. Tyler discusses what he likes and dislikes about his job, key career decisions he made and the difficulty of getting a job in the industry.

School: University of California San Diego
Degree: Theater
Job Title: Actor

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.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

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.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$0 - $250,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Irregular, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Outdoor, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Public speaking ability, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, Detail oriented, People skills
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<span m='35920'>my</span> <span m='36050'>job</span> <span m='36400'>is</span> <span m='36560'>the</span> <span m='36670'>amount</span> <span m='36860'>of</span> <span m='36930'>days</span> <span m='37240'>I'll</span> <span m='37350'>spend</span> <span m='37660'>not</span> <span m='37910'>working.</span> <span m='39490'>There</span> <span m='39960'>are</span> <span m='40020'>days</span> <span m='40370'>when</span> <span m='41050'>I'm</span> <span m='41140'>not</span> <span m='41310'>working,</span> <span m='42600'>I've</span> <span m='42750'>already</span> <span m='42980'>perused</span> <span m='43380'>the</span> <span m='43460'>casting</span> <span m='43850'>websites,</span> <span m='44450'>and</span> <span m='44640'>I</span> <span m='44660'>wake</span> <span m='44920'>up</span> <span m='45010'>in</span> <span m='45110'>the</span> <span m='45180'>morning</span> <span m='45590'>and</span> <span m='45880'>I'm</span> <span m='46140'>trying</span> <span m='46340'>to</span> <span m='46400'>think</span> <span m='46590'>of</span> <span m='46670'>a</span> <span m='46740'>reason</span> <span m='47050'>to</span> <span m='47120'>get</span> <span m='47260'>out</span> <span m='47380'>of</span> <span m='47470'>bed</span> <span m='48590'>besides</span> <span m='48990'>being</span> <span m='49190'>hungry.</span> </p><p><span m='50240'>It</span> <span m='50420'>sounds</span> <span m='50640'>a</span> <span m='50690'>little</span> <span m='50870'>more</span> <span m='51020'>melodramatic</span> <span m='51700'>than</span> <span m='51820'>it</span> <span m='51940'>is,</span> <span m='52160'>but</span> <span m='53520'>I'll</span> <span m='53820'>sometimes</span> <span m='54300'>go</span> <span m='54460'>two</span> <span m='54700'>weeks</span> <span m='55060'>wondering</span> <span m='55530'>if</span> <span m='55670'>I'll</span> <span m='55830'>ever</span> <span m='55990'>work</span> <span m='56230'>again.</span> <span m='56790'>And</span> <span m='57010'>then</span> <span m='57740'>I'll</span> <span m='58040'>have</span> <span m='58220'>a</span> <span m='58290'>week</span> <span m='58570'>where</span> <span m='58930'>I</span> <span m='59780'>do</span> <span m='59890'>nothing</span> <span m='60230'>but</span> <span m='60470'>work.</span> <span m='60770'>And</span> <span m='60910'>then</span> <span m='61000'>need</span> <span m='61290'>another</span> <span m='61570'>way</span> <span m='61720'>just</span> <span m='61960'>to</span> <span m='62030'>recover.</span> <span m='63510'>So</span> <span m='63830'>the</span> <span m='64010'>worst</span> <span m='64349'>part</span> <span m='64569'>about</span> <span m='65099'>my</span> <span m='65280'>job</span> <span m='65630'>is</span> <span m='65850'>when</span> <span m='66230'>I</span> <span m='66350'>don't</span> <span m='66590'>have</span> <span m='66730'>a</span> <span m='66770'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='67680'>I</span> <span m='67730'>think</span> <span m='68010'>a</span> <span m='68330'>key</span> <span m='68580'>decision</span> <span m='69010'>I</span> <span m='69040'>made</span> <span m='69250'>in</span> <span m='69300'>my</span> <span m='69410'>career</span> <span m='69720'>that</span> <span m='69880'>led</span> <span m='70110'>me</span> <span m='71110'>to</span> <span m='71280'>where</span> <span m='71540'>I</span> <span m='71590'>am</span> <span m='71920'>right</span> <span m='72150'>now</span> <span m='72320'>at</span> <span m='72400'>this</span> <span m='72580'>moment</span> <span m='72900'>was</span> <span m='74430'>deciding</span> <span m='75060'>to</span> <span m='75750'>jump</span> <span m='77520'>totally</span> <span m='77960'>into</span> <span m='78920'>to</span> <span m='79020'>my</span> <span m='79150'>career,</span> <span m='79560'>which</span> <span m='79670'>meant</span> <span m='80360'>I</span> <span m='80450'>quit</span> <span m='80720'>teaching</span> <span m='81040'>dance,</span> <span m='81680'>I</span> <span m='81760'>quit</span> <span m='82330'>waiting</span> <span m='82660'>tables.</span> <span m='84250'>I</span> <span m='84380'>was</span> <span m='86410'>glad</span> <span m='86820'>that</span> <span m='87080'>I</span> <span m='87850'>did</span> <span m='88200'>teach</span> <span m='88410'>dance</span> <span m='88680'>and</span> <span m='88760'>wait</span> <span m='88950'>tables</span> <span m='89290'>for</span> <span m='89420'>a</span> <span m='89460'>long</span> <span m='89710'>time</span> <span m='90090'>while</span> <span m='90240'>living</span> <span m='90530'>with</span> <span m='90690'>my</span> <span m='90810'>parents,</span> <span m='91150'>because</span> <span m='91300'>I</span> <span m='91350'>saved</span> <span m='91660'>up</span> <span m='91790'>enough</span> <span m='92040'>money</span> <span m='92300'>so</span> <span m='92480'>that</span> <span m='93240'>I</span> <span m='93450'>won't</span> <span m='93890'>go</span> <span m='94050'>hungry</span> <span m='94790'>if</span> <span m='95590'>something</span> <span m='95980'>should</span> <span m='96130'>happen.</span> <span m='96640'>So</span> <span m='96750'>I'd</span> <span m='96870'>be</span> <span m='97030'>able</span> <span m='97190'>to</span> <span m='97330'>sustain</span> <span m='97820'>myself</span> <span m='98320'>and</span> <span m='98550'>if</span> <span m='98900'>I</span> <span m='99010'>run</span> <span m='99240'>dry,</span> <span m='99500'>I could</span> <span m='99710'>get</span> <span m='100470'>a</span> <span m='100720'>regular</span> <span m='101230'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='102400'>But</span> <span m='103280'>yeah,</span> <span m='103840'>I</span> <span m='104070'>would</span> <span m='104210'>recommend</span> <span m='104860'>definitely</span> <span m='105210'>saving</span> <span m='105560'>up</span> <span m='105660'>some</span> <span m='105810'>money</span> <span m='106590'>before</span> <span m='106910'>you</span> <span m='107040'>embark.</span> <span m='107480'>And</span> <span m='107610'>then</span> <span m='107740'>when</span> <span m='107900'>you</span> <span m='108030'>do,</span> <span m='108740'>jump</span> <span m='109000'>in</span> <span m='109130'>totally.</span> <span m='110000'>Because</span> <span m='110360'>if</span> <span m='110510'>you're</span> <span m='110630'>working</span> <span m='110930'>at</span> <span m='111000'>a</span> <span m='111050'>restaurant</span> <span m='112210'>or</span> <span m='112620'>teaching</span> <span m='112930'>in</span> <span m='113000'>a</span> <span m='113040'>school,</span> <span m='113300'>that</span> <span m='113430'>won't</span> <span m='113650'>allow</span> <span m='113850'>you</span> <span m='113960'>the</span> <span m='114050'>days</span> <span m='114310'>off</span> <span m='114510'>when</span> <span m='114640'>you</span> <span m='114720'>need</span> <span m='114920'>them.</span> <span m='115840'>You're</span> <span m='116530'>going</span> <span m='116630'>to</span> <span m='116680'>be</span> <span m='116770'>in</span> <span m='116870'>trouble.</span> </p><p><span m='118080'>It</span> <span m='118340'>is</span> <span m='119300'>very</span> <span m='120000'>difficult</span> <span m='120600'>to</span> <span m='120690'>get</span> <span m='120860'>a</span> <span m='120920'>job</span> <span m='121330'>in</span> <span m='121430'>the</span> <span m='121530'>industry.</span> <span m='123650'>Although</span> <span m='124010'>I</span> <span m='124300'>think</span> <span m='124490'>the</span> <span m='124560'>question</span> <span m='124970'>may be</span> <span m='125240'>kind</span> <span m='125430'>of</span> <span m='125470'>misleading,</span> <span m='125920'>because</span> <span m='127010'>I'll</span> <span m='127510'>get</span> <span m='127690'>some</span> <span m='127900'>jobs</span> <span m='128169'>where I'll</span> <span m='128430'>submit</span> <span m='129389'>one</span> <span m='129740'>day</span> <span m='130160'>and</span> <span m='130389'>then</span> <span m='130820'>they'll</span> <span m='130990'>call</span> <span m='131210'>me</span> <span m='131660'>a</span> <span m='131990'>day</span> <span m='132160'>later</span> <span m='132420'>and</span> <span m='132510'>say,</span> <span m='132750'>hey,</span> <span m='132810'>you</span> <span m='132940'>want</span> <span m='133050'>to</span> <span m='133110'>come</span> <span m='133300'>in</span> <span m='133370'>and</span> <span m='133430'>work</span> <span m='133650'>tomorrow?</span> <span m='134740'>Those</span> <span m='134920'>jobs are</span> <span m='135180'>really</span> <span m='135470'>easy</span> <span m='135640'>to</span> <span m='135720'>get</span> <span m='135920'>if it'll</span> <span m='136220'>come</span> <span m='136430'>up.</span> <span m='137020'>Some,</span> <span m='137280'>you</span> <span m='137370'>have</span> <span m='137540'>to</span> <span m='137620'>go</span> <span m='137730'>to two,</span> <span m='138040'>three</span> <span m='138280'>rounds</span> <span m='138540'>of</span> <span m='138630'>auditions</span> <span m='139650'>to</span> <span m='139760'>get</span> <span m='139890'>a</span> <span m='139950'>job.</span> <span m='141080'>If</span> <span m='141220'>you</span> <span m='141340'>get</span> <span m='141480'>a</span> <span m='141540'>job</span> <span m='141990'>where</span> <span m='142360'>you</span> <span m='142590'>look</span> <span m='142790'>right</span> <span m='143040'>for</span> <span m='143150'>the</span> <span m='143250'>part--</span> <span m='144030'>people</span> <span m='144400'>say</span> <span m='144600'>I look</span> <span m='144830'>like</span> <span m='144990'>Nicolas</span> <span m='145360'>Cage,</span> <span m='145620'>so</span> <span m='145790'>if</span> <span m='145910'>I</span> <span m='145990'>was</span> <span m='146180'>playing</span> <span m='146490'>a</span> <span m='146560'>young</span> <span m='146790'>Nic</span> <span m='146990'>Cage,</span> <span m='148470'>it</span> <span m='148590'>would</span> <span m='148680'>be</span> <span m='148790'>very</span> <span m='149110'>easy</span> <span m='149360'>for</span> <span m='149480'>me</span> <span m='149600'>to</span> <span m='149680'>get</span> <span m='149840'>that</span> <span m='150020'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='150870'>Another</span> <span m='151210'>job--</span> <span m='151570'>if</span> <span m='151750'>I</span> <span m='151830'>was</span> <span m='152770'>playing</span> <span m='153150'>some</span> <span m='153630'>rough-and-tough</span> <span m='155430'>bad</span> <span m='155620'>guy in</span> <span m='155930'>a</span> <span m='155970'>Scorsese</span> <span m='156530'>movie,</span> <span m='156800'>that</span> <span m='156950'>would</span> <span m='157060'>be</span> <span m='157210'>extremely</span> <span m='157670'>difficult.</span> <span m='159140'>And</span> <span m='159310'>so</span> <span m='159410'>like</span> <span m='159580'>I</span> <span m='159610'>said</span> <span m='159780'>before,</span> <span m='160170'>you</span> <span m='160270'>have</span> <span m='160370'>to</span> <span m='160470'>wait</span> <span m='160520'>awhile</span> <span m='161080'>before</span> <span m='161440'>you'll</span> <span m='161570'>get</span> <span m='161700'>a</span> <span m='161760'>job,</span> <span m='162140'>but</span> <span m='164020'>some</span> <span m='164680'>processes</span> <span m='165280'>will</span> <span m='165390'>be</span> <span m='165540'>monotonous.</span> <span m='166120'>Some</span> <span m='166280'>will</span> <span m='166643'>not.</span> </p><p><span m='167370'>My</span> <span m='167880'>work</span> <span m='168350'>and</span> <span m='168500'>life</span> <span m='169830'>balance</span> <span m='170340'>out</span> <span m='170640'>pretty</span> <span m='171060'>well,</span> <span m='172280'>especially</span> <span m='172750'>because</span> <span m='173050'>I</span> <span m='173110'>get</span> <span m='173290'>to</span> <span m='173380'>spend</span> <span m='174240'>a</span> <span m='174320'>certain</span> <span m='174560'>amount</span> <span m='174780'>of</span> <span m='174850'>time</span> <span m='175300'>not</span> <span m='175530'>working.</span> <span m='176240'>So</span> <span m='176540'>I'll</span> <span m='176800'>visit</span> <span m='177080'>my</span> <span m='177220'>friends</span> <span m='177700'>and</span> <span m='178560'>do</span> <span m='178700'>other</span> <span m='178880'>such</span> <span m='179160'>things.</span> <span m='180150'>The</span> <span m='180620'>only</span> <span m='180880'>issue</span> <span m='181210'>I</span> <span m='181280'>run</span> <span m='181470'>up</span> <span m='181590'>against</span> <span m='181980'>is</span> <span m='182190'>if</span> <span m='182540'>I</span> <span m='183050'>go</span> <span m='183210'>a</span> <span m='183260'>couple</span> <span m='183540'>weeks</span> <span m='183730'>without</span> <span m='183980'>working</span> <span m='184320'>and</span> <span m='184390'>don't</span> <span m='184560'>have</span> <span m='184680'>a</span> <span m='184730'>job</span> <span m='185010'>on</span> <span m='185070'>the</span> <span m='185130'>horizon.</span> <span m='186160'>I'm</span> <span m='186440'>not</span> <span m='186630'>going</span> <span m='186730'>to</span> <span m='186790'>go</span> <span m='186990'>out</span> <span m='187130'>with</span> <span m='187250'>my</span> <span m='187390'>friends.</span> <span m='187820'>I'm</span> <span m='188080'>not</span> <span m='188260'>going</span> <span m='188360'>to</span> <span m='188420'>go</span> <span m='188620'>out</span> <span m='188790'>and</span> <span m='189150'>buy</span> <span m='189330'>dinner,</span> <span m='189660'>see</span> <span m='189870'>a</span> <span m='189910'>movie,</span> <span m='190310'>go</span> <span m='190480'>on</span> <span m='190600'>vacation,</span> <span m='191100'>or</span> <span m='191540'>what</span> <span m='191690'>have</span> <span m='191920'>you--</span> <span m='193380'>especially</span> <span m='193850'>if</span> <span m='193920'>you</span> <span m='194020'>have</span> <span m='194150'>bills</span> <span m='194450'>to</span> <span m='194540'>pay.</span> </p><p><span m='196150'>When</span> <span m='196750'>I</span> <span m='196910'>have</span> <span m='197070'>a</span> <span m='197120'>job,</span> <span m='197390'>like</span> <span m='197520'>right</span> <span m='197690'>now,</span> <span m='197930'>it's</span> <span m='199030'>great</span> <span m='199270'>because</span> <span m='199550'>I</span> <span m='199650'>have</span> <span m='199790'>enough</span> <span m='200020'>days</span> <span m='200250'>off</span> <span m='200500'>that</span> <span m='200610'>I</span> <span m='200690'>can</span> <span m='201630'>go</span> <span m='201760'>visit</span> <span m='202000'>my</span> <span m='202130'>friends</span> <span m='202560'>and</span> <span m='204090'>do</span> <span m='204270'>what</span> <span m='204360'>I</span> <span m='204430'>do.</span> <span m='205190'>One</span> <span m='205440'>of</span> <span m='205610'>the</span> <span m='205870'>main</span> <span m='206870'>pieces</span> <span m='207240'>of</span> <span m='207340'>advice</span> <span m='207690'>people</span> <span m='207950'>will</span> <span m='208080'>give</span> <span m='208230'>you</span> <span m='208350'>in</span> <span m='208420'>this</span> <span m='208550'>industry</span> <span m='209070'>is</span> <span m='209960'>to</span> <span m='210120'>not</span> <span m='211290'>give</span> <span m='211670'>up</span> <span m='212080'>your</span> <span m='212600'>day-to-day</span> <span m='213040'>life</span> <span m='213360'>for</span> <span m='213490'>the</span> <span m='213610'>job.</span> <span m='213930'>As</span> <span m='214050'>dedicated</span> <span m='214590'>as</span> <span m='214680'>you</span> <span m='215090'>need to</span> <span m='215500'>be,</span> <span m='215910'>you</span> <span m='216320'>need</span> <span m='216490'>to</span> <span m='216580'>live</span> <span m='216770'>life</span> <span m='217060'>in</span> <span m='217160'>order</span> <span m='217410'>to</span> <span m='218130'>know</span> <span m='218890'>how</span> <span m='219020'>to</span> <span m='219100'>be</span> <span m='219220'>an</span> <span m='219310'>actor,</span> <span m='219900'>how</span> <span m='220040'>to</span> <span m='220110'>be</span> <span m='220220'>a</span> <span m='220300'>writer,</span> <span m='220650'>or</span> <span m='220940'>anything.</span> </p><p><span m='222810'>And</span> <span m='222970'>I've</span> <span m='223070'>always</span> <span m='223330'>thought,</span> <span m='223830'>if</span> <span m='225650'>you</span> <span m='225760'>don't</span> <span m='226030'>make</span> <span m='226280'>it,</span> <span m='226470'>but</span> <span m='226610'>you</span> <span m='226710'>have</span> <span m='226900'>fun</span> <span m='227140'>not</span> <span m='227340'>making</span> <span m='227710'>it,</span> <span m='227850'>then</span> <span m='228050'>it's</span> <span m='228370'>not</span> <span m='228530'>wasted</span> <span m='228870'>time.</span> <span m='229210'>But</span> <span m='229350'>if</span> <span m='229480'>you</span> <span m='229610'>just</span> <span m='229850'>kill</span> <span m='230000'>yourself</span> <span m='230440'>and</span> <span m='230660'>it's</span> <span m='230860'>grueling</span> <span m='231220'>and</span> <span m='231300'>awful,</span> <span m='232410'>and</span> <span m='232590'>then</span> <span m='232730'>you</span> <span m='232810'>fail</span> <span m='233130'>in</span> <span m='233200'>the</span> <span m='233320'>end</span> <span m='233490'>anyway,</span> <span m='233950'>that's</span> <span m='234260'>the</span> <span m='234360'>only</span> <span m='234530'>thing</span> <span m='234710'>that'll</span> <span m='234890'>make</span> <span m='235100'>it</span> <span m='235160'>wasted</span> <span m='235540'>time.</span> <span m='237740'>Don't</span> <span m='238520'>put</span> <span m='238740'>aside</span> <span m='239060'>everything</span> <span m='239500'>for</span> <span m='239630'>this,</span> <span m='239930'>because</span> <span m='241610'>you're</span> <span m='241980'>killing</span> <span m='242230'>your</span> <span m='242380'>own</span> <span m='242490'>odds</span> <span m='242790'>right</span> <span m='243090'>there.</span> </p>","file":{"id":633430,"video_id":"","name":"3094-Tyler - Actor IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":243972,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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