Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers entertain by portraying roles in productions, performing and composing dances, and performing a variety of other acts.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Tasks

  • reading scripts and undertaking research to gain understanding of parts, themes and characterisations
  • learning lines and cues, rehearsing parts, and applying vocal and movement skills to the development of characterisation
  • preparing for performances through rehearsals under the instruction and guidance of production directors
  • acting parts and portraying roles as developed in rehearsals in film, television, radio and stage productions
  • practising dance routines and interpreting the choreographic content of the production
  • performing dances for audience entertainment, coordinating body movements and facial expression, usually with musical accompaniment
  • composing and notating ballet compositions and other dance routines
  • creating and performing individual performance routines
  • rehearsing, auditioning and travelling between entertainment venues

Job Titles

  • Actor
  • Dancer or Choreographer
  • Entertainer, or Variety Artist
  • Other Actors, Dancers and Entertainers
  • Actor

    Entertains by portraying roles in film, television, radio and stage productions.

    Specialisations: Mime Artist, Voice-over Artist

  • Dancer or Choreographer

    Entertains by performing dances, or creates dance compositions.

    Specialisations: Ballet Dancer, Contemporary or Modern Dancer, Exotic Dancer

  • Entertainer, or Variety Artist

    Entertains by performing a variety of acts using a mix of acting, singing, dance and movement skills.

    Specialisations: Busker, Circus Artist, Clown, Comedian, Magician/Illusionist, Puppeteer, Ventriloquist

  • Other Actors, Dancers and Entertainers

    Includes Circus Trainer, Disc Jockey (Nightclub), Extra (Film or Television), Motivational Speaker, Public Speaker, Stunt Performer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    6000
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    40.9%
  • Female Share

    59.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    40.9%

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This is a very small occupation employing 6000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Victoria has a large share of Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers.
  • They mainly work in: Arts and Recreation Services; Education and Training; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.0 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 28 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 3 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20056000
20064900
20075100
20086900
20096000
20105600
20118100
20125200
20135100
20145200
20156000
20206900

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryActors, Dancers and Other EntertainersAll Jobs Average
Full-time40.968.4
Part-time59.131.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)4340

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services49.6
Education and Training32.4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services4.9
Information Media and Telecommunications4.2
Other Industries8.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateActors, Dancers and Other EntertainersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.431.8
VIC43.325.5
QLD15.219.8
SA3.36.8
WA5.411.2
TAS2.62
NT1.21.1
ACT0.61.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketActors, Dancers and Other EntertainersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.5-5.45.4
20-2422.6-9.99.9
25-3442.1-23.423.4
35-4426.2-21.721.7
45-542.9-21.121.1
55-591.7-8.78.7
60-640-5.95.9
65 and Over0-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryActors, Dancers and Other EntertainersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males40.9Males53.6
Females59.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers who have strong people skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and are reliable.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Fine Arts

    91% Important

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  2. English Language

    90% Important

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

  3. Psychology

    72% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

  4. Communications and Media

    66% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  5. Sociology and Anthropology

    61% Important

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Thinking Creatively

    96% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Building Good Relationships

    90% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  3. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    89% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  4. Getting Information

    81% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    77% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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