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Actors use speech, movement and body language to play the part of a character or interpret a script for a theatre, film, TV or radio performance.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:

Most actors are self-employed. Equity sets annual minimum rates for actors in both theatre and film, TV and radio. Rates vary depending on whether it is a rehearsal or performance and whether it is for film, TV, radio or theatre.

For example, the minimum weekly rate agreed between ITC (Independent Theatre Company Ltd) and Equity for a performance is £447.50. These rates are valid from 2016 to 2017. You can find details of all the current Equity rates under the 'Rates and Agreements' section of their website.

Actors working for a touring company may also get a lodgings allowance. You pay a reduced Equity subscription when you are not in work.

Conditions

Many people believe this is a glamorous and well-paid job. This may be the case for a few actors at the top of their profession, but it is certainly not true of the majority and many have to do other jobs.

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Getting In

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
894
5.1 %
RISE
2023
940
  United Kingdom
2018
20596
1.7 %
RISE
2023
20951

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You also need:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Scottish Youth Theatre offers an exciting and varied programme of classes, projects and performances throughout the year and throughout Scotland for young people aged between 3-25. Visit the Scottish Youth Theatre website for more information.

Take a look at The Stage online magazine for information on jobs and auditions. You can even download a Jobs and Auditions app for your iPhone.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in the theatre.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: edinburgh@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Equity
Tel: 020 7379 6000
E-mail: info@equity.org.uk
Website: http://www.equity.org.uk/
Twitter: @EquityUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EquityUK

Membership of Equity is open not just those in the acting profession but to anyone working professionally in the field of entertainment.

Mandy's Film and Television Directory
Website: http://www.mandy.com
Twitter: @Mandyfilmtv
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mandycom-157983937580165/

Site for all job vacancies relating to the performing arts.

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Website: http://sdtn.org/
Twitter: @SDTNtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdtnofficial/

Scottish Youth Theatre
Tel: 0141 552 3988
E-mail: info@scottishyouththeatre.org
Website: http://www.scottishyouththeatre.org/
Twitter: @ScottishYT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottishyouththeatre

StarNow
Website: http://www.starnow.co.uk/
Twitter: @StarNow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/starnow/

Website where performing artists, bands and promoters can get in touch with each other.

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