Acrobats use daring gymnastic skills to entertain people at circuses and exhibitions. They need to be fit, strong and agile to perform daring stunts and avoid injury. They also need to have strong self discipline and a good sense of timing.
If you love to perform on a stage, on camera or even in front of crowds at a shopping mall, then read on. Most acting jobs only last a short period of time which means they can have a long wait between jobs. Some actors have a second, different job in order to make enough money.
Choreographers are like ‘dance-sequence-designers’. They work with musicians, dancers and performers interpreting and developing ideas which they transform into dance for stage productions or musical performances.
Clowns dress in strange, colourful outfits, paint their faces and use their performance skills, antics and tricks to delight and amuse the crowd. Their main job is to make people and children laugh.
A Comedian sees the humour and irony in life and knows how to tell a story in a way that entertains people and makes them laugh. Comedians are often hired by companies and organisations to entertain people at corporate functions.
Costume Designer’s job is to create the look and fashion for characters in film or stage productions. Every item an actor wears has been thoroughly planned by the Costume Designer and may have even been sewn/created by the designer’s own hands.
Décor or Set Designers are the artists who design television, movie and theatre sets. Research is conducted in order to create a set that would interpret the story in a visual form, and to establish the appropriate architectural elements. They need to make it as real and believable as possible.
Do you look like a famous person? You could find a job in the entertainment industry as a ‘Double’. Doubles are usually found in film, television and video productions. A Double will replace an actor/actress in a particular scene for different reasons.
They are firework experts. So, if you like creating exciting visual experiences, are interested in science and are slightly creative – then becoming a Pyrotechnician may just be the big-bang job for you!
A Living Statue is a form of Mime Artist. A Living Statue usually works as a street performer (busker), posing for hours like a statue. In some upmarket stores in London and New York, Living Statues pose as ‘live’ mannequins in the store windows.
The world of music offers a host of careers. Why not look at becoming a Musical Arranger. Musical Arrangers write, arrange or create new music for bands, orchestras, singers, plays or films.
Do you dream of performing your favorite music in front of an audience? Are you talented at playing one or more instruments? If yes, consider becoming a professional Musician! Professional Musicians earn a living playing in front of audiences either solo, in duets, bands, or symphonies.
Interested in the behind the scenes action of theatre, TV, film, and music and dance concerts? Are you good with you hands? Then consider a career as a Performing Arts Technician. They co-ordinate, assist, and perform the technical work associated with stage construction, lighting, and sound projection.
The job of a Piano Tuner is to make sure that the piano is functioning properly and that the sound is pitch-perfect. Piano Tuners can work for piano manufacturers, dealers, repair shops, music conservatories, universities, music shops, recording studios and concert halls etc.
In South Africa, Announcers on radio, television and other media read the news, conduct interviews, and make other announcements. They can also introduce performing artists at theatres, night clubs and other venues as well as making other related announcements.
A Stage or Theatrical Technician (known as techie) is a person who operates technical equipment and systems in the entertainment industry eg: theatres, stadiums etc. This position may be volunteer or a paid position.
A Voice-Over Artist is like an invisible actor or actress. They are heard, but not seen. A Voice-Over Artist are used for: Selling products on the radio, radio acting, voices for animated characters in movies, tv shows, or adverts etc and record reading books for the blind.