A successful career in acting is an impressive feat, notoriously one of the most challenging industries to excel in. For those ready to move away from acting, there are endless possibilities for you to explore.

There are numerous reasons why you may decide to move on from your acting career. Most people that pursue acting experience many years of ups and downs, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed if you’re considering a change of direction. Perhaps you’re ready to settle into a more stable career with better financial prospects, or you have decided you have broader interests you are keen to pursue. Whatever the reasons may be, the years of experience you have spent as an actor will help you in a range of working environments.

Transferable Skills

Actors build up a range of skills that are readily transferable to different career paths. The ability to work under pressure, communicate effectively and focus for long periods make people with acting experience strong candidates in more traditional workplaces. The transferable skillset you have developed may include, but is not limited to:

  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Strong analytical and interpretation skills
  • Confidence
  • Networking abilities
  • Self-discipline
  • Resilience and determination
  • Creativity

Take the time to update your CV, emphasising the array of skills you have developed through your acting career and how these skills are transferable and adaptable to more conventional working environments.

Next Steps

Once you have decided to move away from your acting career, you will need to consider the type of occupation you are interested in entering. Many actors may have a degree in drama, theatre or a similar field which they can utilise for future roles. If you did not pursue further education earlier in life, now may be the perfect opportunity to consider taking an undergraduate degree or an adult apprenticeship to increase your employment prospects.

There a variety of careers well-suited to individuals with experience in the acting industry, including:

  • Teaching: People with acting experience become excellent teachers. With high-energy, great communication skills and confidence, you could help turn a boring classroom into a fun environment where children would excel in their learning.
  • Broadcaster presenter: Similar to acting, a career as a broadcaster presenter will allow you to entertain and inform an audience in an accessible and exciting way. If you are interested in becoming a broadcaster, a great place to start would be through connecting with your network of contacts you have established as an actor.
  • Choreographer: A choreographer creates and plans routines for performance, usually to music. If like many actors you have built up an array of talents, including dance, you may be interested in choreography.
  • Talent agent: Talent agents use their communication and negotiations skills to represent and source work for talented individuals in the entertainment industry. After spending years in the industry, you are likely to know the ins and outs and may feel that you could confidently represent actors facing the same position you once did.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and mainly covers occupations suitable for creative minds. You should have the confidence to achieve any career that feels right for you, including those beyond the creative field. Perhaps you are interested in engineering, or the construction trade. Whatever your passion may be, there are means by which you can achieve your goals. Explore our pages on how to retrain if you need help getting started.

If you are still unsure which career is right for you, take a look at our dedicated guide and find out how you can embrace your future potential.