10 jobs for your inner drama queen (or king)
Acting jobs aren’t limited to the stage and screen. Read on—the role of a lifetime awaits.
If you’re a drama queen (or drama king), you know all the world’s a stage, but some people are more prepared for the spotlight than others. For certain jobs, a flair for the dramatic can be a huge benefit—or even a requirement.
Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale.com, Monster rounded up a list of 10 jobs that let you put your acting chops to work.
What you’d do: Actors get to be someone else at work by portraying characters in plays, movies, TV shows, and other performing arts media. In general they don’t supply the words, but rather interpret and bring to life what others have planned out on paper.
What you’d need: Formal education isn’t a necessity, although drama lessons and long-term training are common for successful actors.
What you’d make: $18.80 per hour
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What you’d do: Make the case for your client on whatever stage is required. Lawyers certainly have a serious role, but their work includes many dramatic aspects—such as varying the pitch of their voice for effect, questioning witnesses with a practiced intensity, or thundering their indignation in a closing argument.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree and three-year law degree, plus Bar Association certification in any state for which you will practice.
What you’d make: $115,820 per year
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What you’d do: Along with knowledge of the rules and regulations of their sport, coaches need to have an abundance of charisma to inspire their players to push themselves physically and mentally. At the college level, the stakes can be extremely high, which turns the drama up an extra notch.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree is usually required, along with extensive knowledge of the sport.
What you’d make: $31,000 per year
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What you’d do: Drama teachers help future stars learn to shine by working with young actors of various skill levels—some of who need help to get past stage fright and others who are more advanced and wish to refine their acting skills. Drama teachers teach acting theories, principles, and techniques, as well as the history of the dramatic arts. In elementary and secondary schools, drama teachers can also be in the role of director for school plays.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree (in a field such as theater arts, drama, or musical theater) and a teaching certificate are the minimum.
What you’d make: $42,000 per year
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What you’d do: Makeup artists bring the flair. They help their clients find the right products and colors for to accentuate their features, and they also teach application techniques to achieve a variety of different looks, and in theater, TV and movies, they visually transform actors they’re working with. They can work for a makeup line, be hired within the fashion industry to work on professional models or work in the entertainment industry.
What you’d need: Training in cosmetology is common.
What you’d make: $17.14 per hour
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What you’d do: Music therapists use all different types of music and instruments to help treat physical, emotional, social, and cognitive issues in patients and improve their quality of life. The ability to help patients connect with the power of music is key to this form of therapy.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree or higher, plus certification.
What you’d make: $40,438 per year
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Public relations specialist
What you’d do: PR specialists seek to put their client’s best foot forward. They work to create and maintain a positive image for their clients and their clients’ products, including by talking with the media and on television. Just like an actor, a PR specialist can be effective only if she is truly invested in delivering her lines.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree in a field such as PR, communications, or business is a common minimum expectation.
What you’d make: $56,770 per year
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What you’d do: Focus your powers of persuasion on an audience of one to close a deal. Salespeople sell various products, including computers, furniture and cars, and sometimes need to employ a little dramatic flair to help move people from the looking stage to the buying stage.
What you’d need: There are no formal education requirements in general; most training is handled on the job.
What you’d make: $22,040 per year
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What you’d do: Teachers have a script to follow (lesson plans) and a live audience (students) every day they’re on the job. Their primary job is helping students to learn, and it sure helps to have a dynamic, engaging, and animated presence at the front of the classroom delivering the lines.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree in education and teaching certification are generally required.
What you’d make: $42,000 per year
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What you’d do: Directors do their best to bring a script to the screen, but it’s the video editor’s job to refine the story, cutting the excess and working to ensure smooth transitions between scenes. An eye for dramatic detail is key.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree and experience in film production software are the usual requirements.
What you’d make: $46,280 per year
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