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Also called: Actor, Actress, Comedian, Comic

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Study and rehearse roles from scripts to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.
  • Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.
  • Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other to develop role interpretations.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
  • multimedia


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Web page creation and editing software
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
Video creation and editing software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Motion capture software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
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