The Career Center | Actors Fund

The Career Center

We offer a comprehensive suite of programs and services that help entertainment industry and performing arts professionals identify and find sideline work and discover new careers outside the industry.

We know that working professionals often need additional career opportunities to support the continuing pursuit of industry work. Through The Career Center (formerly The Actors Fund Work Program), you can develop rewarding sideline careers like teaching, administrative support, healing professions and real estate.

The Career Center is not an employment agency. We will not find you a job, but Career Center counselors, employment specialists and teaching staff will help you:

  • Identify and apply your skills to other work settings
  • Provide a resource for referral to employers in the larger community
  • Provide one-on-one career counseling, seminars, workshops and panel discussions
  • Create a top-notch resume package
  • Master new technology
  • Land interviews that can lead you to supplementary income

There is also some tuition assistance available for eligible clients who are seeking occupational short-term training or for those who are returning to school for a degree in order to change careers.

The first step in becoming a participant is to attend The Career Center Orientation. Orientations are held every Monday in both New York and Los Angeles. (See our workshop calendar below for upcoming dates.)


A member in good standing of any entertainment industry union, and others who have earned $6,500 in each of three of the last five years, or $5,000 in each of five of the last 10 years. For those who do not have earnings, 12 weeks of documented industry work can be substituted.

For Assistance, Please Contact:

We provide assistance nationally. If you do not live in New York City or Los Angeles, we will work with you by phone and email. Please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
212.221.7300, ext. 259

Los Angeles
323.933.9244, ext. 450

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.  

Related Sites & Organizations

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Provides funding to individual artists.

Alliance for California Traditional Artist

Provides a list of organizations that have funds available to individual artist and artist organizations.

Silicon Valley Creates

Selects the Santa Clara County region's finest artists through a competitive process, using independent expert panels, and honors these artists with unrestricted cash prizes at an Artist Laureate celebration.

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Offers resources to individuals wishing to start their own business. Providing information on preparing a business plan and choosing a business type and structure.

California Department of Education

Compiles a list of California funding available from various foundations and funds.