Career Development

Acting B.F.A. Program

Discover more about the Acting B.F.A. Program and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to perform on cue
  • Ability to speak articulately, listen introspectively and make keen observations
  • Ability to lead
  • Ability to be flexible and improvise
  • Ability to attract attention
  • Works will under pressure and meets deadlines
  • Communicates emotions and ideas creatively
  • Ability to relate to people of varying backgrounds
  • Ability to respond quickly to unexpected circumstances
  • Ability to create entertaining and persuasive messages

CAREER TITLES

  • Actor/Actress
  • Acting Coach
  • Amusement Park Entertainer
  • Announcer
  • Casting Assistant 
  • Casting Director
  • Comedian
  • Critic
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Director
  • Drama Coach 
  • Drama Therapist
  • Magician
  • Model
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Publicist
  • Stylist
  • Talent Agent   
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Voiceover Artist

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Theaters
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Touring performance companies
  • Educational  Institutions
  • Talent Agencies
  • Film Studios
  • Television Networks/Cable

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.sagaftra.org- Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
www.actorsequity.org - Actors' Equity
www.theatreconsultants.org - Theatre Consultants of America
www.cencom.org - Center for Communications
www.dramatistsguild.com  - The Dramatists Guild of America
www.broadwayleague.com - The League of American Theatres and Producers
www.aact.org - American Association of Community Theatre
www.edta.org - Educational Theatre Association
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.playbill.com - Jobs in stage and theatre
www.backstage.com - Career advice and casting information
www.showbizjobs.com - The Entertainment Professionals Network
www.auditionsforfilms.com - Casting calls and auditions
www.tcg.org  (ARTSEARCH) - Theatre Communications Group's job search site (call x6370 for username/password)
www.shubertorganization.com/organization/jobs.asp - Jobs at the Shubert Organization's 17 Broadway theatres
www.entertainmentcareers.net - Music, Theater Arts, Film, TV, Media jobs

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15


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