What is Acting?
Acting is any activity through which a story is told by means of its enactment by an actor who adopts a character.
Then what skills do you need to be an actor?
1. Passion towards acting:
Passion is the key to success. An actor must be passionate about his/her job because it’s kind of a profession where nothing is certain, one has to work in any kind of condition, duration and with whoever one may not be comfortable with. A passionate actor can only have a successful career in acting.
2. Confidence, energy, and dedication to perform:
An actor has to perform anywhere, even sometimes in front of the huge crowd in the middle of the road or anywhere so confidence is the key to success for an actor. An actor has to be very energetic and dedicated to his job so that the team gets the same energy to work with.
3. Ability to memorize lines:
Sometimes, long dialogue should be delivered by an actor in a single take so good memory power helps a lot for an actor to memorize lines during acting otherwise time loss will be the major problem because of many retakes and that will eventually increase the producer’s budget and kills time of crew members.
4. Observation skills:
A good actor must possess observation skills because acting is reacting, where observation skill is so crucial. Either that can be self-observation or observing other characters around the surrounding. Self-observation helps to find out own strengths and weaknesses that can be especially be done through meditation whereas observing characters can be done anywhere which includes people around you like your friends, teachers, parents, and even random people walking on the road or wherever you find some characters, where you can observe their body language, tone of voice, nature, emotions, behavior, personality and many more that will help you to build your career.
5. Ability to enter into another character:
An actor should be very versatile. He/she should be able to be any character as per the demand of the script or director.
6. Camera Friendly:
Camera shy or camera conscious people will have a hard time to become an actor. Because every act is captured through the camera, either in theater, television, or for movies. So an actor must be camera friendly.
A well-educated actor will get more job and respect in this profession. An educated actor sounds more intellectual and inspiring to the audiences whom he/she is an idol of. You can also read some acting books to know more about acting.
Acting is a form of art, so creativity is a very important skill to become an actor.
9. Networking capacity:
Talent is not enough to become an actor, one must be friendly, extrovert and good public relations so that an actor can get a job frequently. In this field, you get a job more through references and recommendations so one must have networking skills to create a good network in this field.
10. Good understanding of feelings, emotions, and situations:
An actor’s job is to connect the audience to what he/she wants to communicate through his/her acting skills. Thus to connect the audience, an actor must be well aware of different feelings and emotions in various situations so that he/she can portray similar emotions in a similar situation which can be achieved through observation only.
In the end, Practice makes a man perfect, so practice, practice, and practice to master the art of acting.