If you are new to the acting industry, you may want to consider building up your resume by taking minor roles in independent or small-budget films or plays before advancing to higher-paying jobs. Networking with other actors and actresses, as well as producers and directors, may increase your chances of getting more prominent, better-paying roles. Actors are professional entertainers who play a role in a play, movie, or television show. While many aspiring actors have visions of becoming a star, the day to day grind isn’t quite as glamorous. Actors read at auditions, competing with hundreds or thousands of performers, and many find work behind the scenes as extras or in one-line guest roles.