Entertainers include cabaret and nightclub singers and dancers, musicians, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, street entertainers, children’s entertainers, mime artists and illusionists.
They may specialise in one area, such as a magic or circus performing, or they may have several different skills which they combine to create a variety act, such as a stand-up comedian who also sings and plays the piano.
Most entertainers are on the books of one or more agents, who find work for them for a fee or commission. Some entertainers work seasonally for a holiday centre, organised children’s groups or workshops.
When entertainers aren't dazzling crowds, they will often be found researching new material, writing scripts or music, maintaining any equipment they use in their act or attending auditions.
Hours of work vary and are dependent on the type of work in which they are involved in. Entertainers who perform in the evenings are likely to be working during the day; travelling, rehearsing or creating new material. Many entertainers work part-time or just at weekends, and have a daytime job to support themselves financially.
Some other settings that entertainers can work in include theatres, holiday centres, cruise ships, hotels and community centres and clubs.
Work can be indoors or outdoors, in environments ranging from a large, hot, smoky nightclub to a tiny platform on a windy seafront.
Full-time or seasonal entertainers can spend long periods away from home.
To be an entertainer you should:
Entertainers can work for variety shows, nightclubs, holiday centres, circuses, outdoor events, on cruise ships and at private parties.
The entertainment industry is very competitive. It can be difficult to find enough work to make a full-time career.
It may be possible to find work in films or TV. Some entertainers may be involved in promotional/ publicity work for organisations advertising products and services.
Advancement usually comes in the form of increased bookings, earnings and success.
If you would like to know more about entertainer careers that isn't on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 0800 093 0444
Upper St Martin’s Lane
Tel: 020 7379 6000
Tel: 08080 300 900
Arts Council England
14 Great Peter Street
Tel: 0845 300 6200
Total Theatre Network
The Power Station
London N1 6HD
Tel: 020 7729 7944
The Magic Circle
12 Stephenson Way
Tel: 020 7387 2222