Would I Make a Good Actor?

Would I Make a Good Actor?

Actors star in everything from Broadway musicals to made-for-TV-movies, and the annual salary could max out at $30 million. But before traipsing off to Los Angeles, take a test from the comfort of your hometown to see if acting is the right path for you!

Have you ever wondered why actors yearn to be acting that they are willing to live in poverty until they get their big break?  It’s really not just about the money, fame or the glamour lifestyle.  It may be because they possess the right combination of abilities.  Some of those abilities actually unconsciously demand to be expressed.  It acts like a need for water when you are thirsty or a need for solid  food when you are hungry. These are physical needs but there actually are mental health needs as well. If they do not find an outlet for their abilities, persons who possess them might say that they are depressed or feeling like they are going “insane” or needing to be “noticed.” 

Highlands Ability Battery: 

While Highlands lists Extroversion as a key ability to act, I would say otherwise.  An introvert when interacting with the world around them automatically “goes inside themselves” to reflect on how to project themselves.  This internal action causes them to create within their minds a role to play in the outer world around them.  That is a key ingredient for character acting.  Other types of acting would lend themselves more to an extroverted ability profile.  

Without the ability to read and comprehend what they read and to memorize the actor will struggle with performance. 

“Performing Communicator” is what The Highland’s Ability Battery calls someone who is an Extroverted and a Specialist, who also have Concept Organization and Idea Productivity. This combination presses you to be out front and gives you the ability to think quickly on your feet, to respond, react, and adjust to the flow of the conversation or performance and to convey information understandably. 

 You have to be adaptable to different situations and need variety. Seek variety in personal interaction and variety in any long term environment by using your Specialist orientation to dig deep into areas where a company might require some help with training its employees or contractors, or presenting new ideas or campaigns. 

Your strength is your ability to constantly adjust to the flow of conversation and to add new information to the discussion to lead people towards your point of view. Any career where you stand in front of others and interact with them in order to entertain, inform, or train will be a natural for you. Many industries have in- house trainers or information specialists that operate as an expert. Others utilize consultants and independent product trainers. Honing your skills of learning new ideas and deepening your knowledge in areas of interest create a readiness for you to share necessary information with others. 

Key Abilities:

  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.  
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. Persuading others to belief the role they are playing.

Personality – Is it a good fit for who I am? 

Several personalities lend themselves to acting.  Among them ESFP, ISFP but INFP yearn the most to have a job in the acting world.  Here’s why:  

  • value inner harmony above all else 
  • are sensitive, idealistic, and loyal 
  • have a strong sense of honor concerning their personal values 
  • motivated by deep personal belief or devotion to  a cause they feel is worthy 
  • interested in possibilities beyond what is already known 
  • focus most of their energy on their dreams and visions 
  • Open-minded, curious, and insightful 
  • excellent long-range vision 
  • demonstrate cool reserve on the outside 
  • compassionate, sympathetic, understanding, and sensitive to the feelings  of others 
  • avoid conflict and are not interested in impressing or dominating 
  • can be most ingenious when persuading others of the importance of their ideals 
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