Acting jobs are taken up by people who are interested in the arts and wish to depict their skills for the sake of depicting them or are interested in earning a livelihood from them. Many actors have their base in acting from school or college drama festivals, an activity which acts as the seed in developing their interests towards acting. Additionally, drama competitions between various schools and colleges boost their morale and skill in acting.
As they move on and enter the professional field, those interested in acting normally start their career from theatres. The word theatre means “the place for seeing”. Theatres have existed since the dawn of mankind, attributed to the human tendency for storytelling. This is because theatres are relatively easy to join as compared to getting selected for a drama or a movie to be aired on television. They pay less comparatively but provide an opportunity for the ‘aspiring actor’ to polish and showcase his skills.
After working in theatres, actors may wish to stay as theatre workers or move on into their professional life cycles and work for dramas aired on television channels or even move on to work for a director producing a movie.
Actors who get a hit for their performance on television are highly paid with the fame that comes with it such as in the United States where there is a trend of airing dramas on television channels which are mostly sequel with usually an airtime of fifteen weeks and if an actor is successful in appeasing the public, he becomes a household name instantly.
Many successful actors in the West go on to do films which are shown in cinema and then on major film channels such as HBO, Star Movies etc. Actors who get recognition and fame for their work in films by are highly paid and respected with fans in all over the world. Examples would include Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Russell Crowe. A film actor’s pay depends on the revenue on his film. Major blockbuster movies such as Harry Potter, Spider Man and Avatar earn money in the range of billions of dollars. Likewise, the actors in the movie are paid proportionately to the earnings.
One point I want to mention is that it is also a great skill to explore talents that will become worldwide popular in time.