FAQs about Acting with Eugene Buica, Founder of The Acting Corps (Part 2 of 2)

An accomplished actor, writer, and director, Eugene Buica shares his talents and his decades of experience working on stage and in film and television at The Acting Corps, a Los Angeles-based school he founded. Buica first began teaching actors in 1991, overseeing coaching workshops around the world in Los Angeles, New York, Bucharest, Beijing, and Munich. Specializing in the acting approaches first pioneered by Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, and Jerzy Grotowski, Buica has developed programs at The Acting Corps that focus on the core concepts originated by each master coach and apply them to modern acting opportunities. We recently sat down with Eugene Buica to discuss how professional actors go about finding work in the business and his take on the future job outlook for actors.

Q: So how do trained actors, both new and experienced, find jobs?

A: Great question. The majority of professional actors maintain a talent agent or a manager who goes about setting up auditions, negotiating contracts, and generally overseeing the client’s career. In turn, the agent or manager receives a cut of the actor’s pay. Lots of new actors without agents find jobs through the Internet or trade resources, like magazines, and submit their information through those resources. Most actors also belong to one or more of the following trade unions, depending on what medium they perform in: the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

Q: What kind of salaries do new actors make?

A: That really varies, depending on their roles. However, I can tell you that actors with joint contracts through SAG and AFTRA receive a minimum daily paycheck of $759 for film and television roles with speaking parts. For a five-day workweek, they earn a minimum of $2,634.

Q: Any thoughts on employment growth for actors?

A: In 2006, actors worked in only about 70,000 acting jobs. According to the industry, by 2016, employment opportunities for actors are anticipated to grow roughly 12 percent. Job growth is largely expected to come from growing cable and satellite television programming and increasingly interactive media, including the Internet-released film market, as well as other factors.