Actors, entertainers and presenters

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Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

46

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

1.37%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.

Qualifications

Entry does not depend on academic qualifications although some drama schools require candidates to have GCSEs/S grades or A levels/H grades or a degree. Entry can be based upon an audition. Membership of the appropriate trade union is usually required. NVQs/SVQs in performing arts are available.

Typical tasks

  • studies script, play or book and prepares and rehearses interpretation;
  • assumes character created by a playwright or author and communicates this to an audience;
  • performs singing, comedy, acrobatic, illusion and conjuring routines;
  • trains animals to perform entertaining routines and may perform with them;
  • introduces and presents radio and television programmes, reads news bulletins and makes announcements;
  • conducts interviews and prepares reports for news broadcasts, current affairs programmes and documentaries;
  • plays pre-recorded music at nightclubs, discotheques, and private functions.

Common job titles

Performer, circus
Chorister
Jockey, disc (broadcasting)
Tamer
Trainer, animal
Newscaster (broadcasting)
Man, stunt
Reporter (broadcasting)
Entertainer
Rider
Aerialist
Showman
Artist, recording
Vocalist
Compere
Choirboy
Hypnotist
Illusionist
Impressionist
Presenter (broadcasting)
Reader, news (broadcasting)
Ventriloquist
Girl, show
Jockey, disc
Announcer
Correspondent (broadcasting)
Actor-manager
Judge
Mannequin
Singer
Acrobat
Assistant, showman's
Girl, chorus
DJ
Coach, singing
Impresario
Artist, film
Juggler
Officer, entertainments
Presenter, radio
Magician
Presenter, television
Trainer, animal, circus
Announcer (broadcasting)
Conjurer
Actor
Artist
Commentator (broadcasting)
Newsreader
Clown
Understudy
Comedian
Artiste
Interviewer, television
Extra
Skater, ice
Model
Artist, over, voice
Puppeteer

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.