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Actors

Also called: Actor, Actress, Comedian, Performer

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

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Web page creation and editing software
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Video creation and editing software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro Hot Technology
  • YouTube Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$18.70
per hour, on average
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