Needed competencies and skills

  • Body language skills
  • Strong powers of observation in order to learn from others' body language
  • Communication skills
  • Clear and concise diction and be able to assume different regional and national accents
  • Good short-term memory
  • Ability to "learn and forget" lines in case of script changes and cuts
  • Ability to take instruction
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Ability to prepare for and perform at auditions and casting sessions
  • Creativity (so as to develop their own performance)
  • Ability to be uninhibited, in order to temporarily assume other identities, and also to be made up, dressed, positioned and directed by others
  • Confidence
  • Versatility
  • Staying power
  • Specific physical skills are sometimes required, depending on the character
  • Formal training in acting is generally necessary, but practical acting experience is the most common requirement for success

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

Nearly all professional actors have trained. Many Higher and Further Education Institutions offer Drama or Theatre Studies courses. There are also specialist drama schools, which usually only accept students over 18 years of age, and conduct auditions for places. These schools are all fee-paying but offer tailored, vocational courses which are recognised by the industry, and which have strong links with agents, casting directors, production companies and broadcasters.

More information (links to materials)

Post-leaving Certificate Courses: