Careers in Culture – Careers in Live Performing Arts

> Get a head start on your live performing arts career

You may have a passion for plays. Maybe you love opera, circus or dance. Whatever area of the live performing arts you want to pursue, you have the choice of a wide range of occupations and career paths. Depending on your talents, interests and skills, you could be a creator, an interpretive artist, a technical worker or an administrator. The choice is up to you.

Whatever you career goal in the live performing arts, you'll find yourself in a very competitive job market. What is the best strategy to break in? How can you get started? Read on to find out how you can stand out from the crowd.

Network Your Way to Work

Most people get their first live performing arts job through a contact – an acquaintance who knows about an unadvertised job or where work can be found. How can you make these very important contacts? It's easier than you think. The answer is – make yourself visible. The only way people will know about you is because you're already working, either through your school projects or your volunteer work. Here are some tips to building a network:

  • Be an enthusiastic worker. If you're willing to try anything and enjoy what you're doing, people will remember you.
  • Be curious about others. Your network is not just about you. Have a genuine interest in what others do and enjoy learning fromthem.
  • Stay in touch. Relationships need constant work. Give your contacts a call now and then, and ask them how they're doing. Tell them what you're up to.

Build Your Knowledge

If you want to work in this field, learn as much as you can. For example:

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