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Top 25 Actor and Actress Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What attracted you to begin a career as an actor?
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Question 2 of 25
What has been your greatest accomplishment as an actor?
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"My greatest achievement so far in my career would probably be winning a "
You’ll want to make sure you have thought through this question carefully before the interview. Pre-select some critical achievements from your career and be prepared to discuss how these successes have impacted you. Try not to go too far back. Pick a recent accomplishment. If you’ve included an ‘Achievements’ section in your CV, then this will be a good starting point for you to generate ideas.
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"My greatest accomplishment so far has been completing my Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts. I learned so much, stretched myself as a professional, and also made some incredible new friends."
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"My greatest accomplishment as an actor was landing my first gig in cinema. It was exhilarating! Although it was a small part of just a few lines, this experience changed my career trajectory overnight."
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Question 3 of 25
Think about a demanding director, professor or cast mate. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
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"I once worked at a local theatre where the director was very demanding. When he would walk into the building, everyone stiffened. The director had great intentions; however, his people skills were a little rough. I could see that he meant well, and I recognized that he wanted to do a lot of good things. When we interacted, I always took his feedback with the understanding that he didn't mean things as harshly as he might say them."
Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please. Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to satisfy. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Maybe it's a director who is a total perfectionist. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was to you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone and be sure to end your response on a positive note.
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"I once worked on a group project with a very brash person. I took it upon myself to help this person interact better with others. When she would bark orders, I would reiterate what she was trying to say to the group more professionally. It took some time, but she learned to behave in a way that made people want to work with her."
Experienced Example
"The most difficult person I ever worked with was a cast-mate in a play I performed in, a few years back. She was unwilling to listen to my ideas. I believed she felt personally offended that I did not think her processes and ideas were superior. I sat with her for a one on one meeting, and we had a nice chat about the positive changes she made to the play. I then expressed my need for acknowledgment as an acting professional. She softened after that. I don't think she realized how she was emotionally railroading everyone."
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Question 4 of 25
Have you progressed in your acting career as you have expected?
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"Overall, my career has progressed a touch slower than I would have liked. I have held a couple of roles that didn't offer the growth and learning that I was expecting; however, I have bounced back nicely. I feel that this particular opportunity would take my acting career exactly where it should be."
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your acting career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.
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"I am thrilled with the progress of my acting career. I am proud of my accomplishments and the path my career has taken so far."
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"Overall, I am satisfied with my career progression. Everyone, including me, hits roadblocks or setbacks, but I have been able to push through them and stay on track. I have met some incredible people in the acting industry, and this network has helped me succeed in a tremendous way."
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Question 5 of 25
How do you show your cast mates the importance of communication?
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"I show my cast mates the importance of communication through my willingness to ask questions if I do not understand the first time. I do not pretend to know something just to save face. By creating an environment where questions are encouraged, we have increased communication greatly, and have seen a great result because of it."
As an actor you know that 'telling,' and 'showing' are two very different things. Talk to the interviewer about how you put communication into action during your projects and scenes.
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"I show the importance of communication through actively getting to know my cast mates on a personal level, and letting them know early on that I am open to feedback all steps of the way."
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"Many communication issues stem from a lack of understanding when it comes to the end goal. When we have a dispute, I work with my team to explore other alternatives. We often role play and discuss ways that we could have reacted better. This practice has greatly improved our practices and performances."
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Question 6 of 25
When have you worked with a diverse group of people?
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Question 7 of 25
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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Question 8 of 25
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Question 9 of 25
Of all the roles you have played in the past, which is your favorite?
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Question 10 of 25
Who is your favorite actor, and why?
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Question 11 of 25
Tell me about what you're working on now.
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Question 12 of 25
Describe your acting style.
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Question 13 of 25
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 14 of 25
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
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Question 15 of 25
When was your first role as an actor?
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Question 16 of 25
Can you read through a scene from the script for me?
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Question 17 of 25
Tell me about a time where you had difficulty with a character. What was the role and why was it challenging?
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Question 18 of 25
What was the biggest audience you have performed in front of?
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Question 19 of 25
How do you motivate your fellow cast mates?
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Question 20 of 25
Tell me something I may not know from reading your resume.
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Question 21 of 25
What sort of acting roles will you be seeking in the future?
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Question 22 of 25
Do you have any special skills that you can demonstrate for me?
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Question 23 of 25
In which area would you like to improve as an actor?
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Question 24 of 25
Are you a union member?
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Question 25 of 25
Do you have any questions for me?
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About Actor and Actress

August 17th, 2017

Actors and actresses portray characters in the performing arts and various media, including theater, film, and television. Depending on the part that they play, they may interpret a written script in order to convey information to the audience in an engaging or entertaining way. Actors typically do not find full-time work and the hours are long and irregular. They work in film and television studios, on stages, on filming locations. Some actors travel with a touring show. A degree is not required, though taking courses on drama or attaining a degree in theater arts may help. Actors and actresses can also take classes and engage in long-term training to enhance their skills and abilities.

The interview will assess the actor or actress' range of dramatic and acting abilities and work experience, and will typically involve an audition in which the actor performs a 'cold reading'. The main objective in this interview is to determine whether the actor is able to demonstrate the qualities needed in the role that you're applying to portray. This involves a combination of several factors, including physical appearance, ability to convey and evoke certain emotions, physical acting, and verbal acting. Depending on the nature of the role, improvisation may also be integrated into the interview. Memorization, reading, and speaking are important skills that'll be assessed during the interview.

To prepare for this interview, an actor or actress should familiarize themselves with the role and how the character fits into the production. When possible, you should research the director and/or writer's body of work and see if there is a common theme amongst the actors or actresses that are chosen for a role that's similar to the one you're applying to. Look for an acting style that seems compatible with that body of work.

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