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Actors

Actors
Quick Facts : Actors*
Entry Level EducationSome college, no degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201266,500
Job Outlook4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change2,600


Actors portray characters in performing arts such as film, television, and theater to express their ideas. They can work in places such as studios, theme parks, or other live events. Using their interpretation of a writer?s script, they entertain or inform an audience.

What Actors Do

  • Read scripts and meet with agents for role opportunities
  • Audition for parts in front of production directors and producers
  • Memorize and rehearse lines with other actors
  • Research character traits and circumstances for accurate portrayal
  • Perform in front of audiences following the director's instructions

Work Environment

Most actors work under pressure and are often under stress about finding their next job. Work assignments are usually short, ranging from 1 day to a few months, and actors often hold another job to make a living.
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Job Outlook

Employment of actors is expected to have a growth of 4 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The average hourly wage of actors was $17.44 in May 2010.
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Actors*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Actors

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Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

46336.5217

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Actors*
Percent Change in Employment

Actors

3.90977

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

10.973478021530005

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Actors

Actors constantly strive on improving their craft through formal dramatic training. Many working in theater have bachelor's degrees though not a requirement. Actors usually learn their skills on the job so long-term training is common.
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