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Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or film productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.
    • Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements, to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.
    • Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.
    • Perform humorous and serious interpretations of emotions, actions, and situations, using body movements, facial expressions, and gestures.
    • Study and rehearse roles from scripts to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.
    • Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other to develop role interpretations.
    • Attend auditions and casting calls to audition for roles.
    • Sing or dance during dramatic or comedic performances.
    • Work with other crew members responsible for lighting, costumes, make-up, and props.
    • Tell jokes, perform comic dances, songs and skits, impersonate mannerisms and voices of others, contort face, and use other devices to amuse audiences.
    • Read from scripts or books to narrate action or to inform or entertain audiences, utilizing few or no stage props.
    • Promote productions using means such as interviews about plays or movies.
    • Prepare and perform action stunts for motion picture, television, or stage productions.
    • Write original or adapted material for dramas, comedies, puppet shows, narration, or other performances.
    • Introduce performances and performers to stimulate excitement and coordinate smooth transition of acts during events.
    • Dress in comical clown costumes and makeup, and perform comedy routines to entertain audiences.
    • Construct puppets and ventriloquist dummies, and sew accessory clothing, using hand tools and machines.
    • Perform original and stock tricks of illusion to entertain and mystify audiences, occasionally including audience members as participants.

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Memorization

      The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

    Knowledge

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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    Pay

    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.12/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 930
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Social Orientation

    Tools

    • MP3 players or recorders
    • Microphones
    • Digital cameras
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Camera tripods

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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