Careers in theater range from actor or director to stagehand,
set builder or costume designer.
who are drawn to the smell of greasepaint, or who get excited
just thinking about the bright lights of a theater stage, a job
in the theater could be the perfect way to turn a burning passion
into a lifelong career.
In the theater, there is is something for everyone. Acting
is certainly one option, but others incude directing, producing,
writing, and music direction, not to mention make up, stage design,
sound and lighting.
specific trade, people who work in the theater all share common
skills and traits such as creative thinker, team player,
and hard worker - that fit in perfectly within the highly
collaborative nature of theater work.
Getting started in the theater
Getting experience in the theater usually starts in nonpaying
church groups and local theater productions. Anyone still in school
can often find some sort of theater happening there, as well.
venues are a perfect way to get basic experience. However, it
can be difficult to find theater
jobs that actually pay at this level, and very difficult to
make a living at it.
To really have a lucrative career in the theater, job seekers
must typically situate themselves in such meccas as New York,
London, Chicago, or LA that that have a thriving theater scene
where work can be found and a career further developed.
Consider formal training
Meanwhile, formal theater training from recognized colleges and universities
is another highly recommended option, since casting directors or hiring managers are known to actively seek out those
who spell out their formal schooling and experience on their resumes.
While a college
degree isn't necessary in all cases for a professional career,
there are certainly few in the industry who would openly discourage it. On the flip side, paying off years of student loans on the outside chance you may "make it" in a very competitive field is a risky gamble. Rather than spending a life's fortune on an expensive theater degree, say some experts, opt for individual theater classes that interest you the most when you're first starting out.
Theater jobs outlook
The job outlook for this industry is about average, with growth
expected to match the national average. As ever, earnings for someone working
in the theater will vary depending on the specific job and the
type of venue. In the US nationwide, typical salaries for theater actor only average between $11 and $12
Actors Equity, the assocation that sets the standard for what Broadway actors make, currently sets the mininum wage at $1,605 a week.
Career Guide for Theatre Majors - Sweeping guide to entering
the profession from the University of Texas, with overviews of
dozens of available positions including job descriptions, average
wages, and pages of related resources. In PDF format (Adobe Format