Actors held about 69,400 jobs in 2014. They work in various settings, including production studios, theaters, theme parks, or on location. About 1 out of 5 actors were self-employed in 2014.
Work assignments are usually short, ranging from 1 day to a few months, and actors often hold another job in order to make a living. They are frequently under the stress of having to find their next job. Some actors in touring companies may have employment for several years.
Actors may perform in unpleasant conditions, such as in outdoors in bad weather or while wearing an uncomfortable costume or makeup.
Work hours for actors are extensive and irregular. Early morning, evening, weekend, and holiday work is common. About 1 out of 3 actors worked part time in 2014. Few actors work full time, and many have variable schedules. Those who work in theater may travel with a touring show across the country. Film and television actors may also travel to work on location.