Being an actress can be an exhilarating profession that involves interpreting a writer's work in a dramatic or comic fashion, which is intended to entertain or inform an audience. An actress needs to possess poise, a stage presence, and the ability to engage an audience. She also must follow direction. Other related skills that broaden her appeal to directors and producers are the ability to sing and dance. It is well-acknowledged that facial features and attractiveness--as well as body type and size--greatly influence an actor's ability to land certain major roles, whether in Hollywood or on Broadway. These factors should not prevent or hamper her ability to work in smaller, less demanding venues, however.