Actors and comedians (NOC 5135)

About this job

Actors and comedians:

  • perform roles in motion picture, television, theatre and radio productions to entertain a variety of audiences
  • work for motion picture, television, theatre and other production companies
  • This unit group includes acting teachers employed by private acting schools.
Common job titles
  • acting teacher - private or studio
  • actor / actress - movie / TV / stage
  • actor / actress - voice-over, narrator
  • film dubber
  • humorist
  • performing arts extra
  • acting teacher - private or studio
  • actor / actress - movie / TV / stage
  • actor / actress - voice-over, narrator
  • coach, diction / drama / voice
  • comedian / comic / storyteller
  • dramatic reader

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$41,712

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Actors and comedians:

  • study and rehearse lines, gestures and expressions to interpret a role
  • play 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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings that include various weather and temperature conditions.
  • Workplaces may include hazardous locations or stunt work that pose safety risks.
  • Noise in the workplace may affect hearing.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • 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.

Skills

  • General Learning Ability
  • Motor Coordination
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Social
  • Innovative
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Drama/Theatre Arts Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,700
Average annual employment growth:
3.1%
Expected number of job openings:
830
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
150
Average annual employment growth:
2.4%
Expected number of job openings:
40

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

Additional resources

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