This article is about the different types of acting roles, such as Background, Series Regular, etc.
If you're looking to learn about Type and see an acting character Types list, check out this guide instead: A Shortcut to Finding Your Type. And if you're looking to learn about different acting techniques, visit this page: Types of Acting Techniques: The Ultimate Guide
Types of Acting Roles
Depending on where you live and what type of acting work you do, the different roles can vary. For instance, film has different roles than TV, which has different roles than theater.
That being said, this guide should give you a baseline understanding of the different types of actors and roles in each, plus tips on how to find auditions for those kinds of roles!
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