Actor by Barbara A. Somervill

By Barbara A. Somervill

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He has since gone on to act in all eight Harry Potter films. He has also performed in many stage productions. Will Smith (1968–) began his career as a rapper called the Fresh Prince. In 1990, he won the lead role in the TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show’s success launched Smith into a successful movie career. He has acted in such blockbusters as Independence Day (1996), Men in Black (1997), and Hitch (2005). GLOSSARY audition (aw-DISH-uhn) to give a trial performance so others can decide if the actor is right for the job competitive (kahm-PEH-tih-tiv) where multiple people are trying to get the same job or honor dialogue (DYE-uh-lawg) speech between two or more characters documentaries (dahk-yuh-MEN-tur-eez) films that show real events or facts location (loh-KAY-shuhn) site where filming takes place narration (nar-A-shuhn) spoken words that help to tell the story in a film or television show network (NET-wurk) a group of people who share professional or social information with one another performances (per-FOR-muhns-iz) theatrical events professional (pruh-FESH-uh-nuhl) done for money rehearsals (ri-HUR-suhlz) practice performances stagecraft (STAYJ-kraft) the effective management of theatrical devices or techniques voice-over (VOIS-oh-ver) a performance where an actor provides the voice for an animated character FOR MORE INFORMATION BOOKS Albert, Lisa Rondinelli.

Think of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, or Lewbert the Doorman in iCarly. Although these parts may be small, they are just as important as the main characters. Not everyone is cut out for being on stage or in front of the camera. These people can still get jobs in theater, movies, or television. They might be set designers or lighting technicians. They might become directors, writers, or costume designers. Special effects and stunts play an important role in many of today’s movies.

21ST CENTURY CONTENT Remember that acting is a business. Actors must sell their talent, looks, and personality. Actors who limit their skills to one character type will not get much work. Famous actors such as Glenn Close and Helen Mirren have done drama and comedy. They have played both lead and supporting roles. They do films, television shows, and stage plays. They do voice-overs for animated films and act in Shakespearean plays. The more you can do, the better your chance of selling your acting abilities.

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