4 Out of the Box Acting Jobs for the Adventurous

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Acting is a highly competitive field, one that can make any creative feel overwhelmed by the perceived lack of opportunities to actually be part of a film, theater, or TV production. So what’s an actor to do? Start looking for acting jobs that require a bit more of an adventurous spirit, of course!

If they’re willing to do a little digging, there are a plethora of creative opportunities for actors. All it takes is a little push and knowing where to look. If you’re the adventurous type, here are a few out of the box acting jobs you might want to check out:

Cruise Ships
Many cruises offer entertainment to their passengers during long voyages. This often includes the need for actors who can sing and dance. If you have these talents, think about applying.

Not only will it give you steady work for a time, but there are a lot of perks with this kind of acting gig. You’ll see places you’ve only dreamed about and experience different cultures, both of which will help develop your craft and give you ideas for future characters.

Summer Theater in Alaska
Back in my youth, I spent five months working for a small theater in the wilds of Alaska. It was a bit of a tourist trap, but It was a great experience and I loved walking around town in my 1890s getup, posing for pictures.

If holing up in Alaska doesn’t appeal to you, look for performing jobs in towns where cruise ships dock. There’s bound to be some summer entertainment looking to hire great actors.

This is an especially great way to get a feel for the lifestyle of an actor if you’re just starting out in the industry. It’s a nice steady job for a specific amount of time, and it’ll let you experiment with the type of work you want to do and where.

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Theme Parks
If you’re a people person, this may be the perfect adventurous acting job for you. It gives you a chance to play a character, pose for pictures, and have a steadily paying job. And if you’ve had any stunt training, this could boost your chance to play superhero characters at some theme parks that incorporate character shows and performances. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to say they play Batman for a living?

Living History Museums
Where theme park acting jobs focus more on posing for pictures or performing in controlled environments, living history museums sets audiences in the middle of actors “living” in a certain historical time period.

I remember going to Colonial Williamsburg as a kid and being fascinated by the actors working there. While I followed my group around the different structures, I saw two actors dressed in colonial garb passing each other in the street. No one was paying attention to them, but they still tipped their hats to each other as they crossed paths.

In my opinion, this is a dream job for the adventurous actor. The actors who are employed at living history museums get the really live truthfully under imaginary circumstances, almost bordering on Method!

These are only a few options for out of the box acting jobs, but I hope they get you excited to find the perfect job. Mostly, I hope it’s been an inspiration for you to keep being innovative in pursuing your dream career.

*This post was originally published on May 31, 2017. It has since been updated.

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Charis Joy Jackson
Charis Joy Jackson is an actress, casting director, director, and producer. She’s been working in independent film for 10 years and teaches an intensive three-month acting school.