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An actor is a person who portrays a specific character in a certain performance such as in an advertisement, a television show, a movie or even a play. At times, an actor may play many different characters in a single performance, especially in theatre; an actor could be the protagonist of the story, a side or support actor, or a cameo or special appearance actor.

An actor plays a role or depicts a fictitious character in a story that is showcased on stage or through various mediums of media. An actor portrays a character in a film, using their physical presence or voice. Actors study each and every aspect of the character in depth, memorize the given dialogues, and then perform.

There are many types of actors, depending on their interests and experience. A common actor is one who has a speaking role in the performance, no matter how small or big. A background actor is a person who doesn’t have a speaking role and is just needed to fill in space. Then there are commercial actors, who prefer to work only in television commercials, whereas some actors lend their voice to cartoons or commercials and are called as voice over, cartoons or loop actors. Actors who work exclusively in films used for corporate training or education are called industrial actors whereas print actors appear only in print advertisements.

Though most actors are represented by talent management agencies, one can hire actors online for small projects through Guru– the best website to hire freelancers. 

If you are looking for an actor for hire, make sure your freelancer can:

  • Undergo a substantial amount of rehearsal time.

  • Represent the character in the truest of sense.

  • Research their characters personal traits.

  • Take direction from the directors.

  • Carry out basic stunts, if the role requires them to.

  • Undergo physical changes, if the role requires them to.

  • Participate in marketing and promotional events.

  • Communicate with the media, if need be.

Qualifications of Freelance Actors

It is ideal for your freelancer to have the following skills:

  • A professional certificate in acting is ideal

  • Genuine passion for acting, whether on stage or on camera

  • Willingness to work at odd hours

  • Required physical condition

  • Memorization and improvisation skills

  • Patience and endurance

In addition to these qualities, actors usually must be physically coordinated to perform predetermined, sometimes complex movements with other actors, such as dancing or fighting in order to complete a scene.

Benefits of Hiring Freelance Actors

Freelance actors are ideal for small projects such as television commercials or non-commercial documentaries. Freelance actors are usually represented by themselves and hence their charges are much lower than those that are represented by an agency.

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