The Sims 4 Actor/Actress Career
Ideal Moods, Career Unlocks, and Tips for Performing
Actor is a new Career in the Get Famous Expansion Pack
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The Sims 4 Get Famous features an Actor Career. It is an active one, meaning you are able to follow your Sim to work and have control over how well they perform at their job. In this guide, we'll look at the career and its unlocks, while I'll provide advice that will not only help you to get promoted, but also gain more fame from your performances. There is a separate skill for acting, which governs many of the career's success rates: Acting Skill Guide.
Gigs give you the audition time, gig time, pay, and recommended skill levels.
You join the actor career like any other, using either the phone or careers tab. Press 'J' to bring up the jobs screen, and you'll find a little button to the right that says, 'Check Open Auditions'. I'm sad to say that you can only sign up for one gig at once, which is very unfortunate as it would have been nice to emulate an actor's busy schedule.
Preparing for a role means leveling your skills. This will help you to pass the audition phase. If you fail, try again.
Once you have signed up, there are two phases: the audition and the actual filming of the performance. The Audition goes down like a normal career. Look to the jobs panel to see what time it is. Get in a preferred mood and teleport off to ye old rabbit hole. When your Sim disappears, they'll be gone a few hours. Whether they did well in the audition or not is determined on a few things - their acting skill level and whether or not they completed the 'daily tasks' in this case, preparation for the audition.
Preparing for Roles and Actor Skills
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Different Gigs require different skills. Using the costume takes some fitness, especially with all that dancing around.
In order to get an audition, you must be right for the part. They may need a dancer, singer, guitarist, or someone charismatic. Taking auditions when skills are too far out of range is foolish. You'll have a couple of days to prep, but will typically have tasks ahead like, "Reach Level 2 Fitness" or "Reach Level 3 Guitar". You have some time to do this, and can get the skill level you need early on in the career. Later it becomes much harder to get 2 levels within the 18-24 hours you have. In general this part of the career is nice. You see, you can specialize your actor and look for gigs each day that line up with their abilities, while in the meantime training up skills to expand toward different types of roles.
Off to The Set
Once you have got a role from a successful audition, check the jobs panel again to see what time the shooting takes place. This is also visible when you sign up for the gig in the first place. It's just hard to keep track of. You'll have the option whether you go with your Sim and take control, or else send them alone (and thus be able to choose things like work hard which is not visible during auditions (see Careers for more info)). You'll often have two daily tasks to complete before the shoot, which helps you prepare and improves performance - especially if you send the Sim alone.
When the time comes, try to be confident (you can use the mirrors at the studio to Psych Self Up). Even if confident does zilch for performance in the job, it does give you more acting skill gain. You have time while on the set, so you can stay confident the whole time using mirrors and other emotional manipulation techniques.
Getting Gold As An Actor
Getting a Gold Reward means a promotion in a single day for the most part, but you'll also gain more fame. In the top left corner, you'll have a to-do list like any other active career. Do the stylist and costume fitting list is my advice. Tasks like, "practice acting", "gossip with crew", "get notes from director", and others appear and are all super easy (I hate that part). Once you're an established pro, you can skip a lot of this and simply go in without worrying about gold to collect your pay check.
Going with good energy, hunger, etc. it is extremely easy for a seasoned player to get gold every. time. unless there has been a major event beforehand, like a fire.
The 'X' marks the spot - click the X to do a scene. Knock all of them out, and the commercial or movie shoot is done.
For every shoot, there are always certain tasks. Tell the director you're ready and get into costume/makeup. Once you've told the director you're ready, the stage lights up and you can choose which scenes to shoot. X marks will appear on the stage. You click these and can then begin filming. It's possible to relieve yourself or fix your mood in between takes, just pay attention to time. You have the option of doing Risky scenes. If you fail, you get 0 points for them, but passing gives double the points of 'safe' which can also be failed if you are in a horrendous mood or extremely below skill level.
Rewards and Fame
Money and Fame are rewarded for a completed acting gig. Go get another right away if you want to advance quickly.
Finish all the scenes, and the job is done. The film shooting is over, and shortly thereafter you'll be notified of your reward. Even if you got gold, it doesn't mean you got the max reward. Pay is always the same, but it's possible to get 3 fame stars from a single shoot. Most often, I got 2 at low level but with high level acting and a shoot with many scenes it's possible to get Gold + 3 fame stars. More scenes to shoot, done in a risky manner, results in more fame but only if you can hit the break points (I don't know them, it's just either 2 or 3 if you go far enough with the 'points').
Better Gigs and Raising Celebrity Rank
You'll gain more fame with higher ranked gigs, because they tend to have more scenes as mentioned above. This will raise your celebrity level and allow you to purchase perks, such as the ability to skip auditions (established name). It is mentioned here because it's extremely relevant to the career itself. Raising your Acting Skill will give you access to better talent agencies. I'm not sure which is best yet but I'll come back to this. It's clear one is likely 'best' but true benefits of all of them aren't yet known.
Acting Career Levels
This job has ten ranks like nearly all others. There is a money bonus when you level up, and you unlock costumes and sets as you go. The Median Pay is just a relative payout for gigs that appear for that level. You can take lower level gigs if you want an easy ride. You'll notice that several ranks share the same median pay, but it doesn't mean that better gigs do not appear. It's just a relative metric. I think the idea is that you should be able to make this in a week, though you can certainly make much more if you keep your schedule full.
|Rank||Actor Type||Median Gig Pay||Promotion $Bonus||Reward for Promotion|
|1||Uncredited Extra||$640 per Gig||Sign up for Auditions|
|2||Background Actor||$640 per Gig||$200||Voidcritter Stage and Costume|
|3||Commercial Spokesperson||$1,755 per Gig||$250||Family Home Stage, Camping Adventure Stage|
|4||Guest Star||$1,755 per Gig||$350||Pirate and French Court Costumes, Pirate Ship Wheel and Pirate Ship Stage|
|5||Supporting Actor or Actress||$4,010 per Gig||$400||Police Drama Stage, Hospital Drama Stage|
|6||Sitcom Star||$4,010 per Gig||$600||Apocalyptic Costumes and Apocalyptic Scene Stage|
|7||Rising Star||$4,010 per Gig||$800||Western Stage and Victorian Drama Stage|
|8||Seasoned Thespian||$9,800 per Gig||$1200||Medieval Costumes, Creature and Alien Costumes, Medieval Adventure Stage|
|9||Superstar||$9,800 per Gig||$1500||City Street Stage, Romantic Garden Stage|
|10||Silver Screen Icon||$9,800 per Gig||$1800||Super Hero Costumes, Sci-Fi Costumes, Super Hero Headquarters Stage|
You unlock a variety of costumes if you level the acting skill. Many 'costumes' are regular clothing, as it should be, when playing in a typical role although dozens of costumes exist.
That's all I have to say about actor, despite that this may be edited for some minor details. I know some of the viewers of my youtube channel were disappointed about the career, but at the same time others will love it. People who like silly animations and feeling like they are a Sim or telling a story will like it, while those who enjoy deep mechanics will perhaps be disappointed. When you combine acting + the career of the same name, it is deep enough for the average player. There are other ways to gain fame, and we'll talk about those as coverage of this pack continues.
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