Description: Actors and actresses portray different characters in theater, radio, television, video, or motion pictures.
Knowledge Required: Formal dramatic training, storytelling, creative writing
Skills: Creativity, research skills, poise and self-confidence, listening, communication skills
Career Path: Actors can start with smaller acting jobs (such as independent films) and work their way up to high-profile roles in theater, television, and film.
Best Cities for this job: Employment is generally centered in New York and Los Angeles. However, smaller avenues for acting exist throughout the country.
Median Annual Income: Annual wage data for actors is not available because of the wide variation in the number of hours worked and the short-term nature of many jobs. It is unfortunately very rare for actors to have guaranteed employment that exceeds 3 to 6 months.
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts a 7 to 13 percent growth in employment between 2008 and 2018.
From the field: “If you want to make billions of dollars you should probably go be a stockbroker. But if you want to do what really makes you happy, it’s a balancing act.” - Rachael Taylor, ActressView more Day in the Life videos »