Acting Career Help

Young Aspiring Actors

Study Acting

Where Do You Want
To Work As An Actor?

BUSINESS of Acting
& Self-Promotion

An Acting Agent

The Audition

Special Subjects



Click on one
of the buttons
below to automatically
receive blog updates
to your mailbox.

What is this?
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Add to Google

how kids make money


Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia


Hi Tony!
Most people don’t even take the time to tell a person how to reach their goal. I want to thank you for everything and for responding to my messages. Sometimes I just test people to see if they really care about my career and you do. You can continue to send me some tips on how I can accomplish my goals, because you inspire me a lot. Thank you for caring.
Jeffrey, Dallas, TX


Hi Tony!
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada


I absolutely love your site - it's SOOOO helpful and very impressive!
I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
Mischa, UK


Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress


I did what you said and…I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you…how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA


This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA

Actor Roles

Different categories of actor roles

Principal actor

A principal actor is an actor who has a main role and may also be called a ‘lead actor’. Examples of this would be John Travolta in Grease or Russell Crowe in Gladiator.

Contract actor

An actor who is hired as per a contract to carry out a role for a designated period of time, as per their contract- when their contract is over so is their involvement on the production. Lots of actors on TV sign contracts to appear on television shows and then find their contracts either concluded or extended depending on what the producers and the individual actor deem appropriate.

Supporting actor

A supporting actor can be any actor that is not playing the role of the lead protagonist, but usually refers to what you would call the ‘secondary lead’. Sometimes a supporting actor is considered to be a ‘character’ actor.

Day Player

This is a term commonly used in television and refers to those actors who are hired to play supporting, speaking roles in the production. They are hired on a daily basis without a long term contract hence the term ‘day’ player.

Under Five

An actor who has fewer than five lines.


A background performer or minor actor who is used in crowd scenes to set the atmosphere or scene where the action takes place more realistically.

Feature film

A film that is a full-length film (usually over 60 minutes) that is intended for distribution in a movie theatre. It is called a ‘feature’ in reference to the days when cinemas ran short films before the main event, or the feature film.

Here is another page that talks about different actor roles and acting careers.

Site Map | Home | Who's Behind | Acting Career Blog | Site Testimonials | Actor Q & A | Buy Acting Books | Typical Day Of An Actor | Start Your Career | Fund Your Career | Acting Classes | Acting Schools |International Actors | The Business Of Acting | Actor Promotion Tips | Your Actor Website | Teen Actors Guide | About Disney Channel Auditions | Headshot Advice | How To Find An Agent | First Audition Advice | Avoiding Scams | Find Acting Scripts | Find Monologues | Resources For Singers | Acting Industry Information | Cruise Ship Opportunities | Nutrition & Health For Actors | Public Speaking Tips | Staying Motivated | Link Exchange | Contact/Ask A Question | The Bollywood Connection | Find Acting Work |Privacy Policy