The Career Center | Actors Fund

The Career Center

We offer a comprehensive suite of programs and services, via virtual platforms, that help entertainment industry and performing arts professionals identify and find multiple streams of income as well as discover new careers outside the industry.

PREREQUISITE: Must have attended one of  The Career Center Orientations, which occur on Mondays & Thursdays in order to participate in any of our workshops. 

We know that working professionals often need additional career opportunities to support the continuing pursuit of industry work. Through The Career Center, you can develop rewarding multiple streams of income such as teaching, administrative support, healing professions, and potential entrepreneurial opportunities.

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

•    Identify your skills and learn to apply them to other work settings
•    Provide career counseling, seminars, workshops and panel discussions
•    Create a resume and other self-marketing tools
•    Land interviews that can lead to supplementary income
•    Training will include:  Career Journey, Resume, Social Networking, LinkedIn-The Digital Network and Challenge, Job Search and much more.


A performing arts and entertainment professional must meet the following eligibility criteria to be eligible to receive services via The Career Center:

  • Working Professional Union: Paid up union members are eligible to participate in Career Center Services. Must provide union information.
  • Working Professional Non-Union: Non-union members will be asked to submit employment documentation. For Musicians, Comedians, Dancers and Singers, documentation can include promotional materials of 10 paid industry jobs within the last 10 years.
  • Emerging Artists: Eligible to participate in our Arts Worker Resource Center only.

Career Transition For Dancers Tuition assistance is available for eligible dancers seeking occupational short-term training or returning to school for a degree in order to change careers.  


For Assistance, Please Contact:

(We provide assistance nationally)

Eastern & Central Regions
212.221.7300, ext. 259

Western Region
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.