York College

Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.

Tasks

  • Studies script, play or book and prepares and rehearses interpretation
  • Assumes character created by a playwright or author and communicates this to an audience
  • Performs singing, comedy, acrobatic, illusion and conjuring routines
  • Trains animals to perform entertaining routines and may perform with them
  • Introduces and presents radio and television programmes, reads news bulletins and makes announcements
  • Conducts interviews and prepares reports for news broadcasts, current affairs programmes and documentaries
  • Plays pre-recorded music at nightclubs, discotheques, and private functions.

Entry Requirements

Entry does not depend on academic qualifications although some drama schools require candidates to have GCSEs/S grades or A levels/H grades or a degree. Entry can be based upon an audition. Membership of the appropriate trade union is usually required. NVQs/SVQs in performing arts are available.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £36,000 per annum and can progress up to £37,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 3,737 employed Actors, Entertainers & Presenters in the region.

Destinations of Media, Music and Performing Arts Completers July 2018

56% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

25% of students went on to Higher Education

3% of students went on to employment

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