18.8/hr 18.8/hr
69k 69k
9.6% 9.6%
4.2/5 4.2/5
H.S. High School


The main qualities required are:

  • Skill in dramatic performance
  • An ability to understand emotions and feelings
  • Dedication
  • Determination
  • A genuine love of the arts

Similar to a job interview, there will be many people auditioning for just one part at an audition. The difference for actors is that they constantly have to audition for parts. This means that they have to be able to cope with rejection and to learn from each experience.

Maintaining a positive attitude is important, as it will often take many auditions for an aspiring actor to get his/her first part. Being determined and dedicated will help in this situation, as attending as many auditions as possible should eventually end in a successful audition. In such an expressive career in arts and entertainment, it is often the people who are most passionate about what they are doing who are most successful.

Someone who wants to be a star only to achieve fame and fortune is unlikely to be successful. A genuine love of the arts and of performing is a necessity for anyone thinking of pursuing an acting career - this will shine through in performances and will ultimately help achieve success.

What are Actors like?


Based on our pool of users, actors tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Industrial Designers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 949 Sokanu users

Are Actors happy?


Actors rank among the happiest careers. Overall they rank in the 97th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Industrial Designer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Actors

The most common degree held by actors is Drama. 10% of actors had a degree in drama before becoming actors. That is over 12 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among actors, representing 3% of actors in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.7 times the average.

Actor Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Actor, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of actors % of population Multiple
Drama 9.8% 0.8% 12.5×
English Literature 2.7% 3.8% 0.7×
Acting 2.2% 0.1% 20.1×
Psychology 1.9% 5.2% 0.4×
Communications 1.7% 2.6% 0.7×
Business Management And Administration 1.6% 5.3% 0.3×
Fine Arts 1.3% 1.4% 0.9×
Music 1.3% 0.7% 1.9×
Liberal Arts 1.3% 1.3% 0.9×
Economics 1.1% 3.2% 0.3×

Actor Education Levels

52% of actors have a no education. 28% of actors have an associate's degree.

No education 52%
High school diploma 8%
Associate's degree 28%
Bachelor's degree 10%
Master's degree 2%
Doctorate degree 0%

How to Become an Actor

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