Entertainment Jobs

Entertainment is a business. Money talks and everybody listens. Entertainers are hired on their business value as much as their talent. Whether you're a comedian, an actor or a dancer, your talent translates into business. You must understand that to understand the ramifications of a career in entertainment.

Training and qualifications

Training in entertainment is partly formal, partly experience. The training is based on performance and skills development. Generally, talent is the primary qualification for training, and to even get accepted by some training schools in the entertainment field is a major achievement. It's also a good CV reference. In many cases, producers and agents will be a lot more interested in where you trained than what you did in your early career.

Most entertainers have a strong mix of both training and experience, and they need it. Working with live audiences, and the thousands of other skills have to be learned on the job. Experience is vital, because the industry looks for that above all else. You have to convince casting, production and directors you're safe to let on stage.

Career paths

In entertainment, the talent, experience and training are the defining factors in the career paths, whatever you do. Wise entertainers stick to their talent zone so they can give their best performances. This is their stock in trade. Their performances are more than jobs, they're marketing tools, as well.

Career opportunities are based on their track record more than other considerations. The old showbiz saying that you're as good as your last performance is very apt for career moves in entertainment. The distinct industry preference is to hire known quantities for the big roles and big budget productions. New talent comes in at the sidelines. Career progressions are strictly up the ladder, unless you get a break.

Career environment

This is a trillion dollar industry, and it's based on profit. Fascinatingly uninteresting as some of the products of the industry often are, that's how the industry operates, selling these products. This is all business, from start to finish, from the set to the script. The industry promotes what sells. The comings and goings of your favorite TV shows are based on sales above all else.

If other careers are tough, entertainment is just plain brutal. Jobs come and go. Careers can flourish, or go out like a match. You'll get more information about career opportunities talking about budgets and production values than about art or talent.

Important: The big issue in any entertainer's career is income.

Business pays for your talent, whatever you do in the industry. The entertainer's whole career is based on the market for that talent. Your pay is part of the production budget. This means that career paths can be pretty bumpy. Jobs can be erratic, making paying bills scary and opportunities hard to get.

If you're talented and want a career in entertainment be realistic about the career environment. Go into the industry, learn your art and how the industry operates. You can create a career well beyond your wildest dreams, if you get it right.