Many dream of becoming an actor – maybe even becoming a movie star known from movie theaters. Here you can read how to become an actor and what it really entails.

One of the world’s most popular actors is the Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He started out as a film actor in Danish films, e.g. in the Night Watch (1994). Here he is seen as the role of Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones (HBO).
One of the world’s most popular actors is the Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He started out as a film actor in Danish films, but has now made a career in the United States. Here he is seen as the role of Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones (HBO).

What is an actor’s job?

An actor is working on that

act in a specific role it may be
roles in theater plays
roles in feature films
appear in commercials, informational videos or the like
be a soloist or entertainer in e.g. cabarets and revues
an actor always acts instead, ie. as a fictional person, or as a portrait of another living or deceased person. The word actor also comes from this, in that he or she “plays” a role that “looks” (looks) like someone else. In English, the word “actor”, of “act” = “pretend”.

How to become an actor?

Being an “actor” is not a protected title. You can in principle call yourself an actor if you work full time as an actor in a movie, theater or other video.

The paths to becoming an actor are many – everything from self-taught to state-trained actors.

Many actors are self-taught, or “self-taught,” and have been discovered by chance, or “cast” (selected at an event), and subsequently make a career. Examples of this are Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl.
In a casting / audition it is possible to show whether one is suitable for a particular role. In casting, both educated and uneducated actors try to show that they are the right person for the role.
It is possible to take many different courses in acting at a number of private schools
One can be trained as a “film actor” at private education such as the Danish Film Actor Academy. The program costs DKK 116,000 for one year of basic education
The Copenhagen Film and Theater School also educates actors.
The state education at the State Performing Arts School (formerly the State Theater Arts School) is the most recognized education as a film actor. To be admitted you must pass 3 tests. The basic education for an actor takes 3 years and can be taken at the Actors’ School in Aarhus, Odense or Copenhagen. An example of an actor with state education is Nicolaj Coster-Waldau.
Actors can easily have different backgrounds and play in the same movie. As an example, Sofie Gråbøl and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau have played together in the Night Watch (1994).
Although it is not a requirement that you have an actor training to go to casting, the chances of being admitted, advancing and making a career are greater if you have the education because you learn the work of an actor. It increases the chance of auditions, where there is also no doubt that they regard actors from state education as having a head start. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do without!

5 tips for becoming an actor

Becoming an actor in an education, or getting to play in a movie after a casting is not a matter of luck. A number of factors have a big impact on your chances. Here are the top five.

Go to a lot of auditions. You don’t turn into an actor if you just try once, and don’t get busy, and let yourself be knocked out.
Know your character. Read up on the role you have to play and live in it. Live life – also the thought life – as much as you can as the person you need to play.
Get some experience. Take part in any type of spectacle you can get your hands on to build some experience. It can be school plays, local theaters, revues, puppet shows and more.
Work with your voice. Your voice is more important than your appearance. For example, you must work with both your voice and your accent
Network. Knowing the right people and being invited to the right events means a lot. If you don’t know anyone that matters, start networking with others online, or with people in the play environment.