How to become a Actor

Actors portray roles in live and recorded or filmed productions. An actor may perform in theatre, opera or variety, film, radio, television, commercials and online material.

Personal requirements of a Actor

  • Determination
  • Self-confidence
  • Good memory
  • Stamina to perform at peak level
  • Ability to cope with changing situations

Education & Training for a Actor

You can work as an actor without qualifications, although it is advisable to undertake some formal training to improve your chances of gaining employment. Acceptance into formal courses is linked to your acting ability and interest, demonstrated by prior experience and/or an audition piece. You may like to consider a VET qualification in acting, performing arts, music theatre or theatre and screen performance. Contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an actor by completing a degree in acting, drama, performing arts, music theatre or theatre studies. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Competition for places is strong, and an audition, practical test or interview may be required. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. For further details, visit

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.6%

NSW 57.1%

NT 1.7%

QLD 9.2%

SA 1.2%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 21.3%

WA 5.6%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 48%

Female 52%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 9.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 51.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 38.7%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 78%

Above 35 years: 18%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) conduct auditions each November in most states and territories. Contact NIDA ( or WAAPA ( for further details. The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) usually holds auditions in November and early December. Contact VCA ( for more information.
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