Careers in Culture – Careers in Live Performing Arts

> Welcome to the world of live performing arts

Creators – Where It All Begins

Are you interested in being a playwright, choreographer, or composer? Then you're a person who wants to express your ideas in an artistic way. This career path can be extremely fulfilling and enriching, but it can also be difficult. Chances are you will start out by creating works by yourself and without pay, and this may never become more than a part-time occupation. You will be competing with many other creators to find a market for your work.

Do you create because that is who you are? Are you determined to succeed? Can you handle rejection? You'll have to combine your training and talent with hard work, dedication and persistence. You’ll need to keep abreast of new computer software and communication tools. If you love what you're doing, then keep on! Have faith in yourself, your talents and your vision.

Is Performance Your Passion?

If you want to be a performer, you'll face unique challenges. Everyone who is part of a production is essential, but its success or failure will ultimately depend on you. Each time you perform, you are expected to be at your best. The role of the performer is so important that producers and directors audition many people in order to find just the right one for their production. This means that for every successful person at an audition, there are many who don't make it. Even those who make it usually have to juggle a number of contracts, and rely on other types of work to supplement their income from performing. How can you best meet the challenges of this demanding career path? By learning your craft and constantly honing your abilities to their highest levels. By making your discipline and dedication work for you. Successful performers say that they never stop training, they never stop learning, and they never give up!

… And Lets the Credits Roll…

For every performer, there are hundreds of people working to make the performance or production happen. Administrators provide support in performing companies, and run arts service organizations. Technicians handle sound and lighting; now often computerized. And workers such as make-up artists, costume designers and voice coaches provide important creative support. Many “out of the spotlight” people have exciting, satisfying and enriching careers behind the scenes. Creativity, great problem solving, communications and teamwork skills are what you need to succeed in these careers.