Career Enjoyment: actor
An actor may work in public performance (television, film, theatre) or in private commercial companies (murder mystery evenings, advertising). This is such an enjoyable activity that many people join amateur dramatic groups and therefore appear on stage for free. This career tends to have salaries in the range £0-50k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has an earnings potential that is near to the national average.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: being creative, being somebody else when acting.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: low pay, reliance on other people for the work to succeed.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - actor - was 5.2, making it much more enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Extraversion than Introversion.
- Slightly more iNtuition than Sensing.
- More Feeling than Thinking.
- More Perception than Judgment.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: thinking about what motivates people; solving immediate problems or crises; challenging the status quo; doing things that have an immediate impact on people; starting new initiatives.
The job does not involve as much: solving practical problems; following defined procedures; designing new processes.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.