What Does An Actor Do?

Actors portray characters in television, movie, commercial, and theater productions.

How Do I Become An Actor?

A high school diploma, or equivalent, is likely necessary to obtain these positions. A four-year bachelor’s degree in theater or a related field might make one more employable. Any training in acting, singing, and dancing will also make an individual more valuable.

What is the Average Salary For An Actor?

High – 200,000
Median – 36,000
Low – 18,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Actor?

  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Psychology
  • Foreign Languages

What Is The Work Environment For An Actor?

Actors typically work for theaters, production studios, touring companies, and theme parks. Many of these positions only last a limited amount of time, so many actors must have an additional job. Many actors only work part-time.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Actor?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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