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Doubles stand in usually for film actors during rehearsals and when close-up filming is not necessary, or they might have to play two roles.

Actors communicate with and entertain people through the interpretation of dramatic roles. Many actors struggle to become established and very few are recognized. Most take whatever parts they can get, even if these are small supporting roles. Many actors prefer a specific type of role, for example drama, comedy or action.

Sometimes movie directors do not have enough money to afford a double for an actor in, for instance, a movie about twins. The actor will then be asked to play both parts.

Doubles are also hired in action movies when difficult shots are filmed or stunts performed. The double or stunt master will then take the place of the actor in that part of the movie where, for example, the actor has to fall off a high building or jump out of an exploding car.

Another type of role for a 'double' is when he is required to dress like a certain actor and imitate the star with all the same mannerisms and gestures.

Satisfying Aspects
- being able to earn a living doing what you enjoy most, namely, acting, singing, dancing or performing stunts
- knowing that what you are doing is helping get the production done more quickly or less expensively, or less dangerously for the main actor / actress; thereby becoming popular and recognized

Demanding aspects
- extreme pressure and a very high degree of competition
- uncomfortable working conditions, such as under hot lighting
- working long and irregular hours
- dealing with resentment towards and from actors for whom you double

- at least 16 years old
- acting ability
- enjoy travelling
- very observant
- good communication skills
- patient, persistent and flexible
- able to handle disappointment and lack of recognition
- creative and innovative

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma    requirements for a diploma course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: None
Recommended Subjects: Dramatic Arts, English, Languages

Degree: BA (Dramatic Art) - RU, US, UP, UCT, UKZN, UFS, Wits

Diploma: N.Dip: various - DUT, TUT

- film production companies
- television production companies
- directors and producers
- theatres
- circuses