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Ever since I was a toddler I was impressing and entertaining people with my talent.



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As a child I grew up watching Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel. I was fond of the actors and how entertaining they were. I wanted to be like them and have people enjoy my work just as much as I enjoyed theirs. 



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I was first exposed to acting when I played a role in my elementary school play as a leprechaun. At the time I was just having fun and memorizing the few lines I was given. However, when I began middle school I was exposed to and taught the essentials of acting.




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Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells a story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play.



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Acting originated in ancient Greece at about 1200 B.C. It started in the city-state Athens. Through the use of talent, technique and perseverance, an actor portrays roles to bring characters to life for an audience. An actor brings a role to life by rehearsing their part under the guidance of a director. This involves memorizing lines, following directorial cues and discovering ways of interacting with fellow actors so the final performance is polished and exciting.



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The median hourly wage of actors was $17.44 in May 2011. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.58, and the top 10 percent earned more than $64.04 in May 2011. On the contrary when you become as big as Ashton Kutcher, Christina Aguilar and Matt Lauer you get paid much more for a single episode. Ashton Kutcher makes $700,000 an episode salary on Two and a Half Men. Christina Aguilera makes $225,000 an episode on NBC's The Voice. Matt Lauer rakes in $17 million a year for the Today show. 



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Actors work under constant pressure. Many face stress from the continual need to find their next job. To succeed, actors, producers, and directors need patience and commitment to their craft. Actors strive to deliver flawless performances, often while working under undesirable and unpleasant conditions.



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To become an actor an individual is only required to get acting training throughout their career. Most actors however, find it helpful to receive a Bachelors Degree, but it is not required.



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Employment of actors is projected to grow 4 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Job growth in the motion picture industry is not expected to keep pace with the demand for new films and shows, and many theaters have decreased the number of performances.



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Actors, regardless of experience level, need to pursue workshop training through acting conservatories or by being mentored by a drama coach in order to build upon their skills. Actors also rely on agents or managers to find work, negotiate contracts, and plan their careers.



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People who work in performing arts occupations that may require acting skills include announcers, dancers and choreographers, musicians and singers. Others working in film- and theater-related occupations are makeup artists, theatrical and performance; fashion designers; set and exhibit designers; and writers and editor.



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SAG-AFTRA is committed to organizing all work done under our jurisdictions; negotiating the best wages, working conditions, and health and pension benefits; preserving and expanding members’ work opportunities; vigorously enforcing our contracts; and protecting members against unauthorized use of their work.



Slide 13:

I interviewed an aspiring actor by the name of Luke Sholl. I interviewed him on Skype and he gave me feedback on his past auditions and the protocols of working on set. Luke has worked on the web series Very Mary Kay and is a part the College Humor cast.



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When I interviewed Luke he gave me lots of helpful advice. He advised me to network and to join an improvisation group to build my skills. In the entertainment industry who you know and who knows you is what will get you work. The more people you get to know the more beneficial it is for an individual to advance in the acting world.


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