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  From the latin word "actus" meaning to do, this is precisely what acting is.  It is the doing of something, but rather than doing as one's self, the actor places himself aside and assumes the role of another, commonly called a character, in front of an audience.  In acting, one subverts part of himself or herself to portray another, usually for the entertainment of the audience, but also because it can bring one a sense of artistic satisfaction.