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Career and Education Opportunities for Actors in Indianapolis, Indiana

Actor career and educational opportunities abound in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are currently 320 working actors in Indiana; this should grow by 9% to about 350 working actors in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for actors are expected to grow by about 12.8%. Actors generally play parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction.

The average wage in the general category of Theater, Film, and Television jobs is $19 per hour or $41,990 per year in Indiana, and an average of $29 per hour or $64,430 per year nationwide. Actors earn less than people working in the category of Theater, Film, and Television generally in Indiana and less than people in the Theater, Film, and Television category nationally. Actors work in a variety of jobs, including: circus clown, dramatic reader, and stunt woman.

There are thirty-six schools of higher education in the Indianapolis area, including five within twenty-five miles of Indianapolis where you can get a degree to start your career as an actor. Actors usually hold less than a high school diploma, so you can expect to spend only a short time training to become an actor if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Actor

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In general, actors play parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. They also interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience.

Actors study and rehearse roles from scripts so as to interpret, learn and memorize lines, stunts, and cues as directed. They also attend auditions and casting calls so as to audition for roles. Equally important, actors have to work closely with directors and playwrights to discover the interpretation most suited to the role. They are often called upon to learn about characters in scripts and their relationships to each other in order to optimize role interpretations. They are expected to portray and interpret roles, using speech and body movements so as to entertain or instruct radio, film or live audiences. Finally, actors coordinate with other crewmembers responsible for lighting and props.

Every day, actors are expected to be able to speak clearly. They need to articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for actors to promote productions using means such as interviews about plays or movies. They are often called upon to sing and/or dance during dramatic or comedic performances. They also construct puppets and ventriloquist dummies, and sew accessory clothing, using hand tools and machines. They are sometimes expected to read from scripts or books to narrate action or to inform or entertain audiences, utilizing few or no stage props. Somewhat less frequently, actors are also expected to ready and perform action stunts for motion picture or stage productions.

Actors sometimes are asked to write original or adapted material for dramas or other performances. They also have to be able to introduce performances and performers so as to stimulate excitement and direct smooth transition of acts during events and perform original and stock tricks of illusion to entertain and mystify audiences, occasionally including audience members as participants. And finally, they sometimes have to ready and perform action stunts for motion picture or stage productions.

Like many other jobs, actors must be reliable and believe in an agile approach to problem solving and deal with change.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Indianapolis include:

  • Artistic Director. Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, or motion picture productions.
  • Choreographer. Create and teach dance. May direct and stage presentations.
  • Dancer. Perform dances. May also sing or act.
  • Director. Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, or radio programs.
  • Fine Artist. Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of mediums and techniques.
  • Music Composer. Write and transcribe musical scores.
  • Music Director. Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups.
  • Musician. Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
  • Producer. Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.
  • Program Director. Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs.
  • Singer. Sing songs on stage, radio, or motion pictures.
  • Technical Director. Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.
  • Writer. Create original written works.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Actor Training

Anderson University - Anderson, IN

Anderson University, 1100 E 5th St, Anderson, IN 46012-3495. Anderson University is a small university located in Anderson, Indiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,737 students and an admission rate of 68%. Anderson University has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated two students in 2008.

Butler University - Indianapolis, IN

Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Butler University is a small university located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,438 students and an admission rate of 72%. Butler University has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated twenty students in 2008.

Franklin College - Franklin, IN

Franklin College, 101 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN 46131-2623. Franklin College is a small college located in Franklin, Indiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,153 students and an admission rate of 66%. Franklin College has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts.

Marian College - Indianapolis, IN

Marian College, 3200 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997. Marian College is a small college located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,064 students and an admission rate of 54%. Marian College has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated one student in 2008.

University of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN

University of Indianapolis, 1400 E Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697. University of Indianapolis is a small university located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,728 students and an admission rate of 72%. University of Indianapolis has a bachelor's degree program in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts which graduated four students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

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For more information, see the American Society for the Alexander Technique website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis is situated in Marion County, Indiana. It has a population of over 798,382, which has grown by 2.1% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Indianapolis, 80, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Indianapolis cost $155,400 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, seven hundred thirty-four new homes were constructed in Indianapolis, down from 1,317 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Indianapolis are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 25.4% of Indianapolis residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 8.7%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Indianapolis residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.3%, is less than both the national and state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.