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Alternate Titles: Talent, Actress

Job Description: An Actor embodies a character within a motion picture by researching every aspect of the character, memorizing dialogue the Screenwriter has written, and developing their own emotional life.

Salary: $19,000 to $200,000+

Become an Actor



Alternate Titles: Actor

Job Description: Actresses collaborate with Writers and Directors to bring performances to life. They are an integral part of meaningful storytelling: bringing ideas to fruition, inhabiting characters and provoking thoughtful discussion through their craft.

Average Salary Range: Varies widely.

Become an Actress

become a movie extra, background actor


Job Description: An Extra fills in as part of the background of a scene and adds depth to the environment.

Average Salary Range: $170 for an eight-hour day

Become an Extra

Casting Director

Casting Director

Alternate Titles: Casting, CD

Job Description: The Casting Director assists the production in securing all onscreen talent. They post casting notices and hold auditions for Directors and Producers to see Actors in action.

Average Annual Salary: $60,800

Become a Casting Director

casting associate

Casting Associate

Job Description: A Casting Associate assists in the casting of Actors in film and television.

Average Salary Range: $1,000/week per project

Become a Casting Associate

casting assistant

Casting Assistant

Alternate Titles: Casting Producer, Assistant Casting Producer, Assistant Casting Director

Job Description: Casting Assistants hold a largely administrative role in the casting process. They report to and support Casting Directors. They work with Actors’ schedules, schedule auditions, construct casting lists, do interviews with potential cast, and do any additional research or administrative work that may be needed throughout the casting process.

Salary: $46,000 to $60,000

Become a Casting Assistant

Stunt Coordinator

Stunt Coordinator

Alternate Titles: Stunt Performer, Stunt Double, Stuntman, Stuntwoman, Stunt Actor

Job Description: Stunt Coordinators plan and coordinate stunts on a production set. They also cast Stunt Performers in these roles.

Salary: $250,000

Become a Stunt Coordinator



Job Description: Choreographers devise dance routines for film, TV, and commercial productions. They also teach the moves to Dancers and Actors on set.

Salary: $40,000 to $150,000

Become a Choreographer

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