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5135 – Actors and comedians

Actors and comedians perform roles in motion picture, television, theatre and radio productions to entertain a variety of audiences. They are employed by motion picture, television, theatre and other production companies. This unit group includes acting teachers employed by private acting schools.

Profile

Example titles

  • Acting teacher - private or studio
  • Actor/actress
  • Comedian
  • Drama teacher - private or studio
  • Narrator
Inclusions
  • Standardized patient

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Study and rehearse lines, gestures and expressions to interpret a role
  • Portray roles in video or motion picture productions, television shows, theatre productions, radio dramas, commercials and other productions or perform the narration
  • Sing or dance as required by specific roles
  • Perform comedy acts in nightclubs alone or as members of comedy troupes
  • Improvise a role.

Acting teachers
  • Train students in interpretation of scripts, speech, movement, and dramatic theory
  • Prepare acting students for specific auditions and performances.

Employment requirements

  • Demonstrated ability, based on an audition or previous acting roles, is an important hiring criteria.
  • Acting programs are offered at universities, colleges and private acting schools.
  • Acting teachers usually require experience as actors.
  • Membership in a guild or union may be required.

Exclusions

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 - Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Skill level
A - Occupations usually require university education.
Major group
51 - Professional occupations in art and culture
Minor group
513 - Creative and performing artists
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