Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Performing Arts

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Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

Common job titles of Actors include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 45.42% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.

  • 20.68% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.

    Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.

    Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements, to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.

    Sing or dance during dramatic or comedic performances.

    Work with other crew members responsible for lighting, costumes, make-up, and props.

    Perform humorous and serious interpretations of emotions, actions, and situations, using body movements, facial expressions, and gestures.

    Tell jokes, perform comic dances, songs and skits, impersonate mannerisms and voices of others, contort face, and use other devices to amuse audiences.

    Promote productions using means such as interviews about plays or movies.

    Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other to develop role interpretations.

    Study and rehearse roles from scripts to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.

    Construct puppets and ventriloquist dummies, and sew accessory clothing, using hand tools and machines.

    Introduce performances and performers to stimulate excitement and coordinate smooth transition of acts during events.

    Prepare and perform action stunts for motion picture, television, or stage productions.

    Read from scripts or books to narrate action or to inform or entertain audiences, utilizing few or no stage props.

    Attend auditions and casting calls to audition for roles.

    Perform original and stock tricks of illusion to entertain and mystify audiences, occasionally including audience members as participants.

    Dress in comical clown costumes and makeup, and perform comedy routines to entertain audiences.

    Manipulate strings, wires, rods, or fingers to animate puppets or dummies in synchronization with talking, singing, or recorded programs.

    Write original or adapted material for dramas, comedies, puppet shows, narration, or other performances.


Wireless microphones

Tablet computers

Photography tripods

Personal computers

MP3 digital voice recorders

Laptop computers

Digital video recorders

All Tools

Digital still cameras




Apple Final Cut Pro


Motion capture software



Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

Cognitive Abilities › Memory › Memorization

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

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Occupation Sections


Fine Arts

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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