Actors and comedians (NOC 5135)

The following characteristics concern the occupation of
Actors and Comedians (5135.1)


Actors and comedians perform roles in motion picture, television, theatre and radio productions to entertain a variety of audiences.

Note: The codes in brackets and under the Aptitudes heading are for career development specialists. Under the Interests heading, the code is in upper or lower case letters depending on the degree of importance.


Methodical (M)

Methodical persons like to have clear rules and organized methods to guide their activities. They prefer working under the direction or supervision of others according to given instructions, or to be guided by established policies and procedures. Methodical persons like to work on one thing until it is completed. They enjoy following a set routine and prefer work that is free from the unexpected.

Directive (I)

Innovative persons like to explore things in depth and arrive at solutions to problems by experimenting. They are interested in initiating and creating different ways to solve questions and present information. They enjoy scientific subjects. Innovative persons prefer to be challenged with new and unexpected experiences. They adjust to change easily.

Directive (d)

Directive persons like to take charge and control situations. They like to take responsibility for projects that require planning, decision making and co-ordinating the work of others. They are able to give direction and instructions easily. They enjoy organizing their own activities. They see themselves as independent and self-directing.

Physical activities

Total visual field (V4)

Work activities involve the entire field of vision - Near and far vision (3) - as well as depth perception and peripheral vision.

Not relevant (C0)

Colour discrimination is not relevant in the performance of the work.

Other sound discrimination (H3)

Work activities involve the identification, assessment and/or production of sound. Verbal interaction (2) is included in this level.

Other body positions (B4)

Work activities involve body postures other than, or in addition to, Sitting (1) and Standing and/or walking (2) such as bending, stooping, kneeling and crouching.

Multiple limb co-ordination (L2)

Work activities are carried out by co-ordinating the movements of upper limb(s) simultaneously with lower limb(s).

Light (S2)

Work activities involve handling loads of 5 kg but less than 10 kg.


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Data, people, things

Synthesizing (D0)

Integrating analyses of data to discover facts and/or develop knowledge, concepts and interpretations.

Diverting (P4)

Providing entertainment in one or more forms.

Not significant (C8)

Not significant

Environmental conditions

Regulated inside climate (L1)

A normal controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.

Unregulated inside climate (L2*)

An inside work environment where the temperature or humidity may be considerably different from normal room conditions. In some groups, the nature of the duties affects the temperature or humidity of the work environment.

Outside (L3)

An outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to variations in weather conditions and seasonal weather patterns.

In a vehicle or cab (L4*)

An interior space in any form of vehicle or in the cab of heavy equipment operated by the worker.

Dangerous locations (H8*)

Working in locations that are inherently treacherous and are potential sources of injury. Such work locations include construction sites, underground sites, erected support structures and marine environments.

Noise (D1*)

Work that produces sufficient noise - constant or intermittent - to cause marked distraction or possible loss of hearing.

Wetness (D5*)

Work that involves contact with water or other liquids.


* Environmental conditions

For some occupations in this group, Location L2 (Unregulated inside climate) and L4 (In a vehicle or cab), Hazards H8 (Dangerous locations) and Discomforts D1 (Noise) and D5 (Wetness) may also apply.