National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.0


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5135 - Actors and comedians

Actors and comedians perform roles in motion picture, television, theatre and radio productions to entertain a variety of audiences. They are employed by motion picture, television, theatre and other production companies. This unit group includes acting teachers employed by private acting schools.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • acting teacher - private or studio
    • actor/actress
    • comedian
    • drama teacher - private or studio
    • narrator

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • standardized patient
  • Exclusion(s)

    • Announcers and other broadcasters (See 5231 Announcers and other broadcasters)
    • Dancers (See 5134 Dancers)
    • Drama professors (See 4011 University professors and lecturers)
    • Musicians and singers (See 5133 Musicians and singers)
    • Other performers, n.e.c. (See 5232 Other performers, n.e.c.)
  • Main duties

    Actors and comedians perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Study and rehearse lines, gestures and expressions to interpret a role
    • Portray roles in video or motion picture productions, television shows, theatre productions, radio dramas, commercials and other productions or perform the narration
    • Sing or dance as required by specific roles
    • Perform comedy acts in nightclubs alone or as members of comedy troupes
    • Improvise a role.

    Acting teachers perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Train students in interpretation of scripts, speech, movement, and dramatic theory
    • Prepare acting students for specific auditions and performances.
  • Employment requirements

    • Demonstrated ability, based on an audition or previous acting roles, is an important hiring criteria.
    • Acting programs are offered at universities, colleges and private acting schools.
    • Acting teachers usually require experience as actors.
    • Membership in a guild or union may be required.
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