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An actor is a person who portrays a certain character in a certain performance, such as in an advertisement or a television show or in a movie or even in a play. A character actor, on the other hand, is an actor or an actress who portrays characters markedly different from themselves in age, temperament and appearance among others.

What Character Actors Do?

Character acting refers to certain types of eccentric roles or stylized approaches to roles.

It occurs when an actor makes a significant physical, vocal, external and/or psychological adjustment from the actor's primary persona. Traditionally, a character actor is someone who portrays a supporting character, usually someone with an eccentric characteristic.  Character actors study in-depth each and every aspect of the character, memorize the dialogue that is given to that character and then act as that character. Character actors create memorable, often unusual supporting roles. They explore unique movements and voice patterns and layer idiosyncratic behavior into their characters to surprise and delight audiences. Anthony Hopkins is one of the best character actors in history.

Though most character actors are represented by talent management agencies, for small projects, one can hire top character actors through Guru – one of the top freelance marketplace company.

If you are looking for a Character Actor, make sure your freelancer can:

  • Create unique movement styles for a given role.

  • Craft a unique voice or dialect for a character.

  • Research the characters personal traits and try to portray them in the best possible way.

  • Take direction from the directors.

  • Liaise with co-actors for rehearsals.

  • Carry out basic stunts, should the role require them to.

  • Undergo physical changes, should the role require them to.

  • Maintain discretion about the character and the plot and keep the character’s look under wraps.

Qualities Required by Character Actors

It is ideal that your freelancer has the following skills:

  • Formal education or acting course or relevant experience doing different roles

  • Willingness to act on stage or for camera

  • Readiness to work at odd hours

  • Ability to memorize dialogues and deliver them effectively

  • Willingness to undergo training and dedicate substantial amount of rehearsal time skills

  • Ability to think creatively and be spontaneous

  • Willingness to adhere to schedule timings and deadlines

Benefits of Freelance Character Actors

Character actors put a lot of hard work and dedication into their acting and are willing to undergo many physical transformations to suit the role. They have their own set of viewpoints and interpretations of the role and this helps develop the character that needs to be portrayed.

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