Actors and Comedians

(NOC 5135)

in All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Actors and comedians perform roles in motion picture, television, theatre, and radio productions to entertain a variety of audiences. Actors entertain and communicate with people through their interpretation of dramatic roles. They work for motion picture, television, theatre, and other production companies. This group also includes acting teachers employed by private acting schools that train students in interpreting scripts, teach them about speech, movement, and dramatic theory, and help them to prepare for acting auditions.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate 840 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 1495 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Actors and Comedians most commonly work part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work).

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$6,347

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$21.00

Median

$40.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Actors and comedians perform roles in motion picture, television, theatre, and radio productions to entertain a variety of audiences. Actors entertain and communicate with people through their interpretation of dramatic roles. They work for motion picture, television, theatre, and other production companies. This group also includes acting teachers employed by private acting schools that train students in interpreting scripts, teach them about speech, movement, and dramatic theory, and help them to prepare for acting auditions.

Job duties

Actors and comedians:

  • 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.

Sample job titles

  • acting teacher - private or studio
  • actor/actress
  • diction coach
  • drama coach
  • extra, performing arts
  • film dubber
  • narrator
  • stand-up comedian
  • voice coach
  • voice-over actor

Skills

  • You should be dedicated, motivated, and willing to accept constructive criticism. Talent, creativity, and technical skills are essential. You must be comfortable working with others and performing before an audience. Self-discipline and a good business sense are also helpful.

Job requirements

  • Acting programs are offered at universities, colleges and private acting schools.
  • Membership in a guild or union may be required.

Other considerations

  • Demonstrated ability, based on an audition or prior acting roles, is an important hiring criteria. Acting teachers usually require experience as actors.

By the numbers

Quick look

230

employed in 2016

24.4%

employed full-time

17.8%

self employed

53.3%
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46.7%
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26.6

median age

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

53.3%

employed full-time

29.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

77.3%

Halifax

$5,898 median annual income
11.4%

Annapolis Valley

N/A
6.8%

Cape Breton

N/A
4.5%

Southern

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

56.5%

Arts, entertainment and recreation

17.4%

Educational services

8.7%

Manufacturing

8.7%

Information and cultural industries

8.7%

Professional, scientific and technical services

What is the age of Employment?

40.0%

15-24

22.0%

25-34

11.0%

55-64

11.0%

65+

9.0%

35-44

7.0%

45-54

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

29.7%

15-24

15.9%

35-44

15.7%

45-54

15.4%

25-34

14.9%

55-64

Top levels of education

37.0%

High school

$6,462 median annual income
23.9%

Bachelor

$8,647 median annual income
21.7%

Less than high school

N/A
8.7%

College Diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport

26.4%

Bachelor

$17,829 median annual income
24.9%

High school

$7,552 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$22,120 median annual income
13.7%

Less than high school

$2,922 median annual income
7.9%

Master

$36,173 median annual income

Education & training

Drama and Theatre Arts

College or University Program

These programs focus on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. They include courses in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Neptune Theatre School
Halifax, NS
ACTRA Performers Guild
Dartmouth, NS
Theatre Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Tourism Talent
Halifax, NS

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