Careers in Culture – Careers in Live Performing Arts

> Wanted – collaborative people!

The world of live performing arts is for people who like other people. Every production or performance is an intense collaboration with many workers, from creators to ticket sellers. How well do you get along with others? Use the following quiz to assess you interpersonal skills.

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Dollars and Common Sense

You’ve probably heard about large theatre or opera companies with million-dollar budgets and stars who sign huge contracts. Maybe you like to read about famous dancers, actors and singers. Your dreams of fame and fortune are wonderful things, because they are part of what helps you pursue your passions. But it's also important to know the reality of working in live performing arts.

Most creators and performers have low incomes and no job security. They often work at other jobs to support their dreams, themselves and their families. The best way you can prepare for this possibility is to stay in school and get as much education as you can. Your education is your best insurance for the future, no matter what turn your career takes. The more you know the more choices you will have.

The “Business of Show Business”

If you have a career in the live performing arts, chances are you will work on a freelance basis. Perhaps you're an administrator helping one company with fundraising and another with marketing. Maybe you're dancer moving from one project to another. Perhaps you're a casting agent who sells your skills to different directors. Whatever field you're in, you'll be your own small business – promoting and selling you talents and services. This kind of career requires business skills and self-promotion know-how: Consider taking business courses to learn accounting, bookkeeping and entrepreneurship.

Breakin’ In Is Hard To Do

On stage, off stage – in front of a live audience or behind the scenes – whatever your career dream, you may find that getting into live performing arts careers can be difficult. This field attracts many people from around the world, and the competition for work is fierce. What's the best way to deal with this reality? Go for your dreams. But be the best you can be. Get all the education and training you can, and continue to build your skills and knowledge.