CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Actors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Actors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Study and rehearse roles from scripts in order 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 in order 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 in order to audition for roles.
 
Portray and interpret roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements in order to entertain, inform, or instruct radio, film, television, or live audiences.
 
Work with other crewmembers responsible for lighting, costumes, makeup, and props.
 
Sing and/or dance during dramatic or comedic performances.
 
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.
 
Write original or adapted material for dramas, comedies, puppet shows, narration, or other performances.
 
Prepare and perform action stunts for motion picture, television, or stage productions.
 
Tell jokes, perform comic dances, songs and skits, impersonate mannerisms and voices of others, contort face, and use other devices to amuse audiences.
 
Introduce performances and performers in order to stimulate excitement and coordinate smooth transition of acts during events.
 
Manipulate strings, wires, rods, or fingers to animate puppets or dummies in synchronization with talking, singing, or recorded programs.
 
Dress in comical clown costumes and makeup, and perform comedy routines to entertain audiences.
 
Perform original and stock tricks of illusion to entertain and mystify audiences, occasionally including audience members as participants.
 
Construct puppets and ventriloquist dummies, and sew accessory clothing, using hand tools and machines.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Actors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
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.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Actors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Actors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
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.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Actors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Actors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Acrobat
Acting Teacher
Actor
Actor Understudy
Actress
Aerialist
Amusement Park Entertainer
Aquatic Performer
Artistic Director
Circus Clown
Clown
Comedian
Comic
Community Theater Actor
Diver
Double
Dramatic Reader
Elocutionist
Ensemble Director
Extra
Illusionist
Impersonator
Impresario
Juggler
Magician
Mime
Minstrel
Monologist
Motion Picture Actor
Movie Actor
Movie Star
Movie Stunt Performer
Narrator
Puppeteer
Ring Conductor
Second
Show Girl
Soubrette
Stand Up Comedian
Stand-In
Stunt Double
Stunt Driver
Stunt Performer
Stunt Person
Stunt Woman
Television Actor
Theatre Ensemble Member
Theatrical Performer
Theatrical Trouper
Thrill Performer
Understudy
Vaudeville Actor
Ventriloquist
Voice Actor
Voice-Over Artist
Wire Walker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Entertainment
Benchmark Title: Actors
 
 
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