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Job Description

You’ll work in places like theatres, holiday centres, hotels, cruise ships, community centres and clubs. You may also work at festivals, or in private homes (especially if you’re a children's entertainer). 

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a skill or talent audiences will appreciate.

You don't need formal qualifications, but you may find it useful to have trained in music, dance or acting.

You could get paid or unpaid experience in various ways, like:

  • taking part in open-mic spots or talent competitions
  • working at a holiday centre or theme park
  • performing in local clubs
  • taking part in street performance or fringe festivals

You’ll often have to pass auditions to get work. 

It may help to find an agent who can market your talents.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Career Path and Progression

You could move into related roles like entertainment agent, talent spotter, venue management, or TV or radio presenting.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Actor
  • Choreographer
  • Circus performer
  • Classical musician
  • Croupier

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A friendly
  • outgoing personality
  • patience
  • organised
  • reliable
  • punctual
  • energetic 
  • determined to succeed
  • able to adapt what you do to suit the age of the children you are entertaining
  • self motivated 
  • hardworking

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