Most actors have other employment in addition to acting. Unfortunately (especially when starting out in your acting career) acting jobs can often be far and few between until you build up your network and experience. Some actors find jobs in a touring company and that employment can last several years. An actor has the job of meeting agents or other professionals and reading scripts. They prepare to audition for a role in the presence of casting and film directors and producers. They must do research on a character and their personal traits and circumstances in order to portray the character as authentically as possible in a way that appeals to the audience. Actors working hours vary pending on whom they are employed by. At times they the hours can be irregular and extensive.