Archive | April, 2012

Acting – the stats you need to know

30 Apr

By Elli Donajgrodzki and Erica Buist

Equity has published a report by Creative & Cultural Skills on the state of the performing arts industry. They reported that there are 5,480 businesses and 101,593 people working in the performing arts sector. Of these, a minimum of 34% are employed in onstage occupations like acting or dancing – such as yourselves, dear readers.

If you are one of these, you should read this report to find out the state of the industry and where you stand within it.

The Figures

Did you know that the UK has the largest cultural economy in the world, employing more than 678,000 people and contributing almost £25 billion to the UK economy each year?

Did you know that in the performing arts industry, gender is almost exactly equal (49% women) but only 6% of the industry is non-white?

Some of the findings even show a steady improvement in the situation of actors, despite the recession. It’s still the hardest profession in the world – but at least employment is on the up! Employment in the performing arts grew by 20% between 2006-7 and 2008-9.

Of course, the report confirms you need to watch those pennies – 73% of people in the performing arts industry earn less than £20,000 a year.

In the Wings has collated some of the most interesting findings for you below. Feel free to contact us if you have questions, or read the full report here.

Who is the typical performing artist? How do you fit in?
As you can see, 58% of performing artists are self-employed compared to only 13% of the rest of the population.
47% are under 40 years of age, showing that acting is still a fairly young profession. Which of you will replace Judi Dench and Bill Nighy?

Employers in performing arts are concerned that formal education doesn’t adequately prepare applicants for what is actually required of them in the perfoming arts industry. Applicants who enter the industry are unprepared in the following ways:

Looking at the graph below, it seems clear the closer you are to London, the more work you are likely to find. Of course, if you feel like setting up a performing arts business in the North East, you may bring the statistics up!

Britain’s best drama schools

23 Apr

The National Council for Drama Training has accredited a number of drama schools and courses around the UK and we’ve put them on a handy map for you.

Click on the links for more information.