The entertainment industry is an appealing career path for many creative and artistic people. For those creative-minded people, it’s a career path that has the promise of being able to make money doing what you love most. Here are the top 5 jobs for aspiring entertainers if you’re having trouble deciding which path to choose.
Obviously, actors make up a huge portion of the entertainment industry. Actors are needed for a huge array of entertainment jobs. They’re needed in theatrical productions, TV commercials, TV shows, movies, and even business presentations. While the ultimate goal may be George Clooney-level stardom, everyone has to start somewhere and often, actors find joy in remaining in lower levels of stardom that come with TV commercial and show acting. As an actor, the more versatile you can be, the better. And don’t be afraid to create and start your own projects either.
If you have musical ability, you’re in luck. While working to start your own band or music label, you’ll be able to find work in many ways. You could be a bass player, lead guitarist, percussionist, or back-up singer for a musician or band. You could do gigs for local venues. You could be a member of a house band or of the symphony if you’re good enough. You could also consider working for the music labels and studios when starting out. Getting your music and name out there is key to being successful in this field. Even sitting on the 3rd Street Promenade performing is a great place to start.
We all have a funny bone but not everyone is actually funny. If you often find yourself making groups of people laugh, being a comedian might be the perfect job for you. Comedians can work in writing rooms for TV shows, in comedy clubs, or as opening acts for headlining comedians. Joining improv groups and troupes will help you get started and create a network of other funny and creative people. Comedians often go on to acting jobs if they’re good at what they do.
If you’re a dancer, there are plenty of places for you to work in the entertainment industry. Tons of performers need back up dancers, theatrical productions need dancers for musical numbers. You can also work for a dance company or studio while waiting to be discovered.
If you have a flair for magic and illusions or even if you just have a really outgoing personality, you could make a great magician. Being a magician can help develop your career no matter what it is. A news anchor magician Kent would bring in viewers who tune in solely because there’s a magician on the network. Though if you choose this career path, prepare for some disillusionment as you find out how the different tricks work. Magicians get hired for many different performances, from weddings to birthday parties to business conferences.
If you have an outgoing personality and are good with people, the entertainment industry has a job for you. The key to a successful entertainment career is being relatable and likable no matter what your specific skills or training are. Good luck!