ACTORS express ideas and create images in the performing arts media. They act in radio, television, video, motion picture, stage, and other productions. Actors entertain and communicate with people through their performance of dramatic roles. They read and interpret scripts and decide how they should play the part. Then actors discuss ideas on how to portray the role with directors and voice coaches. They use facial and verbal expressions, and body motions for effect. Actors also use props and costumes to help convey a character. They memorize lines and cues, and attend rehearsals.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $50,000 average per year ($24.00 per hour)
- A medium occupation (54,700 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.3% per year)
Formal dramatic training, either through an acting conservatory or a university program, is generally necessary for ACTORS, although some people successfully enter the field without it. Experience and talent are more critical for success. Employers generally look for people with the creative instincts, talent, and intellectual capacity to perform. Most people studying for a bachelor's degree take courses in radio and television broadcasting, communications, film, theater, drama, or dramatic literature. Many continue and receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.