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          Helping you find a career in the performing arts industry

          The performing arts is a wonderful industry that allows you to express your creativity whilst being paid for it through either dancing, acting, singing, playing a musical instrument or maybe even performing some magic. The industry also relies on a behind-the-scenes crew of creatives and technical producers to ensure that the shows can go on.

          To work in the performing arts industry you have to be incredibly passionate and dedicated. It can be full of glitz and glamour, but it's also a very competitive space and the income can be unstable.

          Performers will tend to work on a short contract basis until the show is over, or be self-employed and will make money through the profits on ticket performances. Most performance work requires you to work at the weekend and in the evening.

          However, it's also exciting work that could potentially have you travelling around the globe if that's what you want to do. Most cruise ships require a team of performers and stage crew to provide the evening entertainment whilst at sea. No two days will be the same in the performing arts, and jobs that pay you for creative talent can be hard to come by.

          Even if you don't fancy performing there could be a role for you in the performing arts. Performances rely upon people who work behind the scenes doing the costumes, make-up, the technical side of the performances, and even coaching. Competition for these roles is fierce, but experience is the key to landing more work.

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          Skills & interests required for a career in Performing Arts

          Of course, you need to have an interest in sharing the arts with the public. A variety of skills are needed in this industry, but what will get you the furthest is your passion and enthusiasm.

          Depending on what avenue specifically you are pursuing, you may also need to have the ability to sing, or dance, or play an instrument. Bucket loads of confidence will also help you in performing to strangers.

          As a performer it's also likely that you will need to have a good memory in order to remember lines, choreography or music.

          Some other skills that will assist you in the forming arts industry are:

          Graduate schemes & other typical career progression routes in Performing Arts

          No two career paths are going to look the same in this industry - that's part of the excitement! It really is an area where you carve out your own path. Be prepared for long periods of unstable work, especially at the beginning of your career.

          Tips for getting into the field

          Initially you may have to work for very little pay, but make sure you utilise this time to network and make some connections in the industry.

          Be sure to get involved in the community. Utilise social media, follow industry professionals and stay up to date on the latest opportunities available.

          How much can graduates earn in Performing Arts?

          The earning potential in the performing arts varies widely. According to the National Careers Service, as a performer in theatre you can expect to earn around £420 a week. Established actors who work in film and TV will be paid much more.

          What qualifications do I need for a career in Performing Arts?

          There are no formal qualifications that you need for a career in the performing arts. If you want to pursue a creative role like a costume designer then a textiles qualification may be helpful, but what is most likely to get you the job is a portfolio of work.

          Although no formal qualifications are needed, most theatre performers will have had professional training to help them to hone their skills and talents.

          Also, many drama schools have links to agents and casting directors, which will be extremely beneficial when trying to find work. However, it is possible to be a successful performer without going to drama school.

          Read more about the Performing Arts industry

          Creative Industries Council
          Creative England
          Creative and Cultural Skills
          Creative Skillset
          Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
          Design Council