Five special skills a screen actor should have

Sep 18, 2018 | Screenwise Presents

With applications for the Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) having opened, we did some digging and compiled a list of five special skills a screen actor should bring to the table to make himself stand out from the crowd.

1. Precision in close-up shots

One of the most valuable tools an actor can have are his facial expressions during close-up shots. Almost every film nowadays relies heavily on close-ups, therefore it is essential for an actor to know how to hone their performance at close range to the camera. Especially in scenes that don’t include any dialogue, the actor’s facial expressions bring the screen to life.

2. Business intuition in the creative art

Screen actors need to possess a solid understanding of the business side of things. As helpful as it may be to memorise lines and morph into characters, it is equally important to know how to promote yourself to business decision makers within your industry. This includes Agents, Casting Directors, Film Directors and Producers. Without the necessary business skills you wouldn’t be able to land any roles in the first place. For that reason, the Screenwise Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) curriculum covers not only screen acting subjects but also offers a number of business and self-marketing core subjects that have a proven track record for success in the industry.

3. Effective work ethic within a team

A film is a collaborative effort: Actors work together with directors, casting directors, make-up artists, production assistants, to name but a few. The better you become at working within a team environment, the smoother and more seamless the production will be. Everyone involved will benefit from this. Being noticed for your professional efforts on set may even lead to work on other projects as a result.

4. Unique traits and skills that go beyond acting

Being able to sing, dance or play an instrument could turn out to be extremely beneficial when researching and scoring an audition. Even far beyond these skills, we should mention the “triple-threat”. For instance, speaking another language, this could help you land roles in foreign productions or bilingual roles.

5. Strong acting foundations

When going into screen acting, you should always try and come with a strong acting foundation, explore the different types of acting and develop your vocal skills, movement and even screen combat. It never hurts to come prepared and this will help you shine above others. Learn different techniques and don’t be afraid to push the boundaries.

If you are interested in hearing more, or want to see what acting courses we have for you, please get in touch.

Applications for the Diploma of Screen Acting 10065NAT 2019 intake are now open and this may be the course for you. The Screenwise 10065NAT Diploma of Screen Acting is Australia’s only two-year, full-time, Government accredited course which offers students the most advanced acting theories and professional industry training today. Become part of the next generation of great Australian actors.


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