[The reason I'm doing this is because I'm curious, I love learning about different people and their backgrounds and what their careers are like!]
1) Where do you work? (Provide a name of the company and a description)
I am self-employed or freelance. I work where the work takes me: Acting/Singing--any theatre of a play or musical I audition for a role and the director casts me.
I also work at parties and on the phone as a spiritual advisor (psychic, medium and Law of Attraction and past life meditation).
2.) Number of years working in this career?
I have been in theatre most of my life; although in between I have done secretarial work. I would say over 45 years.
3.) What exactly is your career? What do you do?
(Provide your position/title:
Actor/Singer/Spiritual Counselor and Writer.
and a brief description of your responsibilities:
Performing on stage, tv or film.
Helping people with past, present, future and their passed on family/friends.
* Writing true or fiction stories and articles for on-line, books, stage plays and screenplays.
4.) What do you like most about your job?
I love performing; helping people laugh and find they are not alone. They can change their life with positive beliefs!
5.) What do you like least about your job?
Sometimes a lot of hours rehearsing or filming; and even if you're really tired...you must keep going.
Also, jobs can be few and far between--and so, may run low on money.
6.) How did you become interested in this career?
As a very young child, I told my parents I wanted to be on tv, pretend to be other people.
7.) What education and training are necessary for this job?
The more you experience life, and being great in seeing/knowing what it's like to be these people; is fantastic. Finishing school is important as you will need strong reading skills for auditions.
There are specialty colleges, and colleges with well-respected acting (theatre) programs. Also, a strong education gives you something to utilize in between acting jobs.
8.) What is most challenging about the job?
The millions of talented people who want the same thing. And the long breaks between jobs.
9.) What types of personality traits or skills are most helpful in this career? Why?
Outgoing personality; ability to show emotions; strong reading skills; good memory.
10.) What are some of the benefits and “perks” of this job?
Depending on what area you concentrate on from theatre or tv/film. Theatre is usually night work and two hours, give or take, a night. A group of friends that feel like family; fun people; and immediate applause.
TV/Film can pay extremely well, depending on how much work you get. You can do something over if you mess up. You may have you're own hairdresser/costumer and good food (called "Craft Services")
Both can include paid travel to anywhere in the world!
11.) Approximately how many hours a week do you work?
It depends a lot. Theatre will be four to six weeks of rehearsal, and those can be two to six hours depending of level--school/church theatre; community theatre and up to Broadway and touring to cruise ship to Theme Park shows.
TV/Film can also vary depending on level, too. In the professional arena (not student, web series etc)--network tv and high budget films you are paid quite well for the hours. It can be 4-to-15 hours on shooting days. Luckily, in professional union shows, an actor must be given 8-hours between days to sleep.
12.) What is the approximate salary range for this job?
They vary, also, from level to how often you work and can be "nothing". At the professional level, it can be $200 per week to $4,500 per week in professional theatre (average, for non-famous actors would be $200 to around $2,000 for week).
TV/Film can also be "nothing" at the non-union level or $50 to $500 per project. Union, professional is so diverse, there is something called "Union Scale" which is the very minimum that must be paid; based, usually on the size of the role.
The "Friends" cast became so popular--they ended up with over one million dollars per week. They began, before they were famous, at about $5,000 per week. A tv series is from 10 to 13 weeks on average per season.
In the 1990's, an actor friend (non-famous) in his first role in a film, received $30,000. Current scale for guest on a tv series (non-celebrity) is between $4,000 to $10,000.
13.) Would you recommend this job? Why or why not?
Only if you really love it and can handle more "no's" then yes. Also, you will spend time doing other things--day jobs (restaurant, office jobs, etc)--with no guarantee of a lucrative career.
I love it and cannot ever give it up. So, if you have a passion for acting; then yes, I recommend it.