The requirements to succeed as an actress vary based on the type of acting and the level of one's career aspirations. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that a person doesn't need formal education to get into acting, but many actresses do get a formal college education in drama or a related field.
In addition to or in lieu of a college degree, one can take classes and workshops focused on film, television or play acting. The Bureau indicates that singing and dancing classes are also common for actresses because dancing is an accessory skill that helps in getting certain roles. Musicals, for instance, may require one to dance and sing.
One's talents are a more important driver of the potential for a career as an actress. The ability to memorize lines and understand script is important. Therefore, an aspiring actress needs a basic command of linguistics and communication. A dramatic presence and creativity are critical in garnering roles and delivering captivating performance. An actress must get into the persona of the woman she plays. A woman needs persistence and a willingness to tackle different roles and opportunities. Often, actresses start in minor commercial or film roles that provide a launching pad for a developing career.