(by AM Staff)
To "act" is the performance
of a character in a theatre play, on television or in
films and movies. Acting can also be an improvisation,
whereby an actor creates a character off the top of his or
her head, and performs that character by making up lines,
situations and confrontations.
The process of acting originated in Greece, hundreds of
years ago. The first actor is believed to be Thespis of
Acting is the process by which an actor creates a
character or reads on from a script, transforms himself or
herself into that character and attempts to convince an
audience that he or she is that character in real life.
Acting performances are considered successful when the
actor is successful at making the character appear to be a
real-life person, with all the emotions, complexities and
dimensions of a real human being.
The Areas of
When it comes to acting, there are several different
areas of in which an actor can perform. The main areas are voice-overs, theatre, commercials,
television programs and movies.
Actors who perform their acting on the radio or as
unseen vocal characters or narrators are sometimes known
as voice-over artists. They perform in radio spots,
television programs, film or as the voices of cartoon
Theatre is a major area of show-business for actors.
Actors can perform on stage in theatres, either on
Broadway, or in Off-Broadway productions, off-off
Broadway productions and at local theatres in their
Actors can perform in television commercials, which
are a great place to start for beginning actors, or
actors who are not yet household names.
Actors can perform in television shows, such as Soap
Operas, daytime dramas, primetime dramas and sitcoms.
Film and onscreen performance is the most popular
area of acting. And, there are many
different types of movies that actors can perform in,
such as independent films, industrial films,
made-for-television movies, student films and
big-budget, blockbuster movies.