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District Of Columbia

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Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture 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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Currently Employed: 620

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $14.32 - $30.95

Typical Annual Salary: Not Available

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Some college, no degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Study and rehearse roles from scripts to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed.
  • Work closely with directors, other actors, and playwrights to find the interpretation most suited to the role.
  • Learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other to develop role interpretations.
  • Collaborate with other actors as part of an ensemble.
  • Perform humorous and serious interpretations of emotions, actions, and situations, using body movements, facial expressions, and gestures.
  • Attend auditions and casting calls to audition for roles.
  • Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements, to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.
  • Work with other crew members responsible for lighting, costumes, make-up, and props.
  • Sing or dance during dramatic or comedic performances.
  • Write original or adapted material for dramas, comedies, puppet shows, narration, or other performances.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Digital cameras
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers

Technology:
  • Electronic mail software
  • Instant messaging software
  • Internet browser software
  • Video creation and editing software
  • Web page creation and editing software

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