Opportunities for Advancement in Acting

Acting Career Advancement

Actors perform on stage and on camera, taking on the roles of characters in a wide range of productions. To advance in their careers, they might consider working behind the scenes instead. Like actors, both producers and directors can be involved in theatre, motion pictures, television shows, commercials, and other mediums of entertainment. Producers and directors have authority over various stages of a production, with the director being the artistic aspect and the producer being the business aspect. If a leadership role doesn't interest you, consider using your experience to teach others the art of acting.

Job Title Median Annual Salary Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)* Qualifications
Producer $71,620 for producers and directors (2017)* 12% Bachelor's degree and/or experience
Director $71,620 for producers and directors (2017)* 12% Bachelor's degree and/or experience
Acting Coach $41,296 (2018)** 10% for all entertainers and performers, sports and related workers Relevant experience

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com

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Producers oversee every phase of a production. They ensure that everything runs on time and goes according to plan. A producer secures funding for the project they're producing by liaising with investors. It's the producer's job to assemble a crew and hire a director. The outcome of a production falls on their shoulders, and they have the final say in any decisions. There can be two types of producers: executive and line. The former may take charge and enlist the latter to handle the everyday duties on a set. In any case, all producers engage in similar tasks, including the approval of budget, script, and editing changes; promotion and distribution; communication with staff and cast; and location scouting. Producers often have college degrees, and experience in the business is just as important.


The director is in command on a set while shooting takes place, observing the actors and coordinating the crew. A director conducts auditions and casting calls; they may choose the actors or assign the job to a special casting director. Directors work with wardrobe designers, set designers, composers, and various editors. Other responsibilities include visualizing the screenplay, resolving conflicts with the cast and crew, and communicating with producers. When it comes to the script and the actors' performances, the director expresses his or her creative insight by offering suggestions or revisions; thus, one should possess tact and acumen. A bachelor's degree may be held, though many directors reach their position through experience.

Acting Coach

Acting coaches use their learned methods to help aspiring actors improve their skill. The students are also taught about auditioning, choosing an agent, and other facets of the industry. Acting coaches observe their pupils and give support and advice. They should be perceptive, diplomatic, and instructive. Acting coaches may do private lessons or hold classes. You can find them in theatre, television, and film contexts. They are also hired as freelance mentors for working actors. While these professionals are typically employed by actor studios or production companies, many of them start their own acting schools, especially former actors, even ones of celebrity status. Sometimes college coursework is preferred by employers, though acting and coaching experience is usually more valued, unless you open your own business whereby employment requirements would not apply.

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