Actors are storytellers. They help tell stories in plays, musicals, movies, televisions shows and even some radio programs! Actors spend a lot of time auditioning for roles, memorizing lines, rehearsing and performing. While you may know about some famous actors from movies or Broadway, the majority of actors are not famous.
Actors need to be able to play different characters depending on the script and the role they get cast in. Sometimes it will be a big role called a lead or starring role, while other times the role may have fewer lines and less stage or camera time, and this is called supporting. Remember, both are important!
When performing in a play, actors will spend many weeks and sometimes even months rehearsing with the director and other actors until the show is ready to open. However, in film and television there is often very little rehearsal time before the camera starts rolling!
There are many more actors in the world than parts to cast them in, so being an actor requires a lot of patience and hard work. Actors often have time in-between jobs where they are auditioning and trying to find their next gig.