Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

 

 

Area

Employer

Information / Strategies

Performing

•Stage

•Television

•Radio

•Motion Picture

•Video

•Community theaters

•Regional theaters

•Commercial theaters

•Summer stock theaters

•Dinner theaters

•Children’s theaters

•Repertory companies

•University theater groups

•Touring companies

•Industrial shows

•Show groups

•Amusement and theme parks

•Television/film studios

•Radio stations

•Nightclubs

•Cabarets

•Cruise lines

•Acting conservatories

•Public or community programs

•Participate in acting workshops,   courses, and seminars to get advice and experience and to make contacts with   others in the field.

•Join unions, e.g. Actors Equity   Union, or actors’ guilds to stay abreast of opportunities and developments in   the field.

•Get as much acting experience as   possible. Perform in school productions, community theater, summer stock,   etc. to hone acting skills.

•Pursue training through acting   conservatories or mentoring from a drama coach.

•Develop a wide range of skills,   such as singing, dancing, or acrobatics to be more versatile.

•Gain related experience by   working in a college radio or television station.

•Consider getting modeling   experience.

•Learn a foreign language and   train with a dialect coach.

•Prepare a professional resume   that lists your acting experience. Have your resume attached to or printed on   the reverse side of an 8″ x 10″ photograph of yourself.

•Be prepared to make the rounds.   Distribute your resume to numerous agencies and offices. Follow up with   several personal visits.

•Secure an agent or manager to   help find jobs.

•Be aware that more opportunities   exist in large cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

•Learn about the entertainment   industry as a whole.

•Take courses on entertainment   law, business, management, etc.

•An extensive network of contacts   is essential. Get to know people working in your field and related areas.

•Consider whether you want to   pursue acting as a full-time job or as a vocational interest.

Directing

•Direction

•Technical Direction

•Casting

•Set Design

•Stage Management

•Support Staff

•Theaters of varying types

•Television and motion picture   studios

•Video production companies

•Other performance venues

•Seek formal training and   experience in acting first.

•Develop leadership skills through   participation in campus and community organizations.

•Gain both directing and technical   experience by participating in college productions. Gain technical   experiences in local theaters.

•Participate in the Director’s   Guild Training Program.

•Volunteer with directors in local   theaters to become familiar with the environment. Serving as an assistant is   a great way to get started in this area.

•Experience with fund-raising is   important. Volunteer to do this with local theaters and arts councils.

•Learn what types of permits and   insurance are needed to film or perform in certain areas.

Behind the Scenes

•Stage Management

•Stage Director

•Set Design/Construction

•Property Design

•Lighting Design

•Sound Design

•Costume Design

•Camera Operation

•Hair/Make-up

•Special Effects

•Wardrobe

•Prop Management

•Broadcast Technology

•Riggers

•Electricians

•Carpenter/Scenic Artist

•Community theaters

•Regional theaters

•Commercial theaters

•Summer stock theaters

•Dinner theaters

•Children’s theaters

•Repertory companies

•University theater groups

•Touring companies

•Industrial shows

•Show groups

•Amusement and theme parks

•Television/film studios

•Radio stations

•Nightclubs

•Cabarets

•Cruise lines

•Acting conservatories

•Public or community programs

•Learn to work well on a team.

•Develop a sense of artistry and   creativity.

•Become involved in the   International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). This   organization can give you information about becoming an apprentice as well as   help you make valuable contacts.

•Get experience. Offer your   services to school and local theaters.

•Read industry magazines and books   to learn about your area.

•For sound design: Become familiar   with computer technology as digital sound effects and electronic music   replace traditional means of sound design.

•Take courses in computers, math,   and physics.

•For costume design: Supplement   your program with courses in art history and fashion design.

•For set design: Take courses in   architecture and design.

•Learn about different eras in   history in order to recreate on stage. A basic knowledge of history and   architecture is helpful.

Writing

•Scriptwriting

•Playwriting

•Screenwriting

•Journalism

•Publicity (Press Agents)

•Research

•Theaters

•Television/film studios

•Television stations

•Radio stations

•Video production companies

•Magazines

•Newspapers

•Freelance

•Take courses in English and   journalism to hone writing skills.

•Review plays, movies, and TV   shows for school or local newspaper.

•Get as much writing experience as   possible. Write for the college newspaper, enter playwriting contests, etc.

•See many different productions   and shows. Read a variety of scripts to see how they are developed.

•Gain experience as a freelance   writer or editor in other employment settings.

•Learn how to film shoot because   screenwriters will typically “shoot script” in which a synopsis of a story is   prepared so directors can make recommendations.

•Theatrical press agents publicize   and promote theatrical productions. They write press releases and arrange   press conferences and other media events. Take courses in related areas such   as public relations, advertising, and business to prepare for this field.

•Reporters spend time on the set   absorbing everything. They interview actors as well as craftspeople.

•Researchers gather information   for movie writers.

•They may also track down   photographs or historical documents to make the film more authentic.

Business

•Producing

•Management

•Agents

•Marketing and Advertising

•Fundraising and Development

•Coordination of Volunteers

•Administration of Arts Programs

•Box Office Sales

•Promotions

•Theaters

•Arts councils

•Television/film studios

•Broadway

•Road company productions

•Regional theaters

•Stock productions

•Dinner theaters

•Cabarets

•Secretarial/clerical positions in   theaters and studios are often stepping-stones to other positions and a good   way to make contacts.

•Gain undergraduate training in   business, public relations, communications, advertising, and theater.

•Complete an internship in area of   interest.

•Develop skills in leadership,   negotiation, budgeting, and fundraising.

•Get as much experience on the   college and local level as possible to develop a strong resume.

Education

•Private Instruction

•Teaching

•Research

•Public and private schools, K-12

•Colleges and universities

•Performing arts centers

•Various types of theater

•Freelance

•For K-12, obtain certification   for the state in which you wish to teach. Obtain dual certification for more   teaching opportunities.

•Get experience in various areas   of theater and working with young people.

•Obtain a graduate degree to teach   on the college level.

•Develop one or two areas of   expertise within theater arts.

•Join the National Association of   Dramatic and Speech Arts or the Association for Theater in Higher Education.

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