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.

FAQs about Acting with Eugene Buica, Founder of The Acting Corps (Part 1 of 2)

Before opening the doors to The Acting Corps and training renowned stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Eminem, Eugene Buica graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. During his impressive career, Buica studied under Sanford Meisner and Michael Howard, learning how to both act and teach acting from these two industry luminaries. To his credit, Buica has performed and appeared in dozens of plays, films, and television programs, including the feature-length movies Float and Deception and the primetime shows ER and Becker. During his career, Buica has trained hundreds of promising actors, many of whom have gone on to great success. We spoke briefly with Eugene Buica about finding work in the acting business.

Q: Could you discuss what steps potential actors have to take to get started in the entertainment business?

A: First off, a truly dedicated actor typically has some training before going out and looking for jobs. In almost every situation, casting directors and talent agents seek out and choose those with an acting background, whether that includes experience in the business or training in a formal program. With that said, actors really have a wide choice of programs out there. These include Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theater or acting studies from accredited universities, as well as degrees or certifications from smaller, more intimate schools or conservatories. Many go for the latter types of programs, largely because they provide at least the same results in much less time.

Q: What should actors consider when choosing an acting program?

A: They really need to make a comprehensive evaluation of the school, its credibility, and what it teaches. Specifically, they should look into the length of the program, the cost, and what business skills it provides, so once they graduate, they are well prepared to find work. Also, consider the school’s alumni and its reputation within the industry. These are all things that potential students ask me about before applying to The Acting Corps.