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$1,366 per week


Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers entertain by portraying roles in productions, performing and composing dances, and performing a variety of other acts.


  • reading scripts and undertaking research to gain understanding of parts, themes and characterisations
  • learning lines and cues, rehearsing parts, and applying vocal and movement skills to the development of characterisation
  • preparing for performances through rehearsals under the instruction and guidance of production directors
  • acting parts and portraying roles as developed in rehearsals in film, television, radio and stage productions
  • practising dance routines and interpreting the choreographic content of the production
  • performing dances for audience entertainment, coordinating body movements and facial expression, usually with musical accompaniment
  • composing and notating ballet compositions and other dance routines
  • creating and performing individual performance routines
  • rehearsing, auditioning and travelling between entertainment venues.


  • irregular hours
  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

To become an Actor, Dancer and Other Entertainer

  • You need a high level of performance skill in your speciality area to work as an Actor, Dancer or Entertainer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.

    Take a Certificate IV in Dance

    Take a Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen

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    SkillFinder is a project funded by the Australian Government, through the Digital Skills Platform Program.

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