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How's the job outlook for an actor?

There's always a bunch of up and coming actors in Hollywood and Broadway, but realistically how does a job look for an actor? #acting #film-acting #actors #movies

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Too broad a question to really be able to answer. Job Outlook for what kind of actor? Film? Television? Stage? What city to act in? New York? Chicago? Los Angeles? London? Toronto? Australia? Shanghai?? (Ohhh... bet you never considered that one. Guess what? China is on a path to out-distance Hollywood film production worldwide by 2022. PS: Don't discount India and "Bollywood.') The best pay currently for actors is in Television. But it is a difficult club to crack- not impossible, just difficult. So... where are you located currently? (Psss... Films and Television are shooting a lot in cities and states that offer 'Tax Incentives' {see Business Degree}, Like New Mexico, New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Wilmington NC, Toronto (Canadian citizenship helps there.) Does your currently location/city shoot film and TV? (Start there to try to get credits!!) Your education is the key. Aim High!! (And the University you choose will help to determine what your "Business Network' will consist of. Now... do you have 'content/video' on the Internet? (That question did not exist 20 years ago- and barely did the Internet, by today's standards.) Content/Video will help you land an agent. (Just note: an agent is not the panacea for success. You must be a self starter and steal your career.) A Broad based education, at the highest level of University will increase your odds for work in all media. What do you really desire to do? Where do you really desire to work? Are you ready to sacrifice? Are you ready to work harder than you ever have in your life? There are always up and coming actors... on both coasts (and now, worldwide.) The 'job outlook' is always bleak. How much do you want to be an actor? (PS: Broadband Education leads to a 'Broader Path" --- and these days, you must develop multiple skills to succeed as an actor/producer/director... possibly writer.) Comedy or Drama? Sitcom or Stage? Shakespeare or Sheppard ... or Mamet or Miller... or Williams --- Robin or Tennessee? Julliard or Yale or Harvard or Northwestern or Carnegie Mellon or NYU or UCLA or ... ??? First Get the Degree- BA is okay, Masters is better, PhD is best. The higher the degree, the better your odds for financial success. The better the University, the better the odds of a good payday. But back it ALL up with a solid education. For that matter, what is your 'duel degree' going to be in? Business, Accounting, Marketing, Computers... Medicine? (Casting these days, ask for 'real' people. i.e., people who really are accountants, medical doctors, lawyers, etc. ... or your can hope to be a member of a reality show like "Jersey Shore" and wash out in 10 years. That is, IF you are lucky enough to first get the gig.) MY advice: Get the highest Degree at the best University first. That will set you up for a lifetime. Jobs and Money will follow. Best of luck.

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