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).
You can get into this job through:
It may be useful to do a college course in performing arts, musical theatre, drama and theatre or music. This would help you to develop your talent and learn some of the skills you may need.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
The following local colleges offer courses in performing art/musical theatre :
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You could do a degree in a relevant subject like:
- contemporary theatre and performance
Qualifications may not be essential if you show enough talent at an audition.
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
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You can apply directly for jobs. The most important thing is to have a skill or talent that an audience will enjoy.
You do not need formal qualifications, although you may find it useful to have trained in music, dance or acting, perhaps from taking a performing arts course or graded exams.
You can develop your skills by doing a specialist course in a particular area of entertaining like comedy, puppetry or circus skills.
You'll often have to pass auditions to get work. It may help to find an agent who can market your talents.
Some entertainers are self-taught. You could get experience as an entertainer in different ways, including:
- taking part in open-mic spots or talent competitions
- working at a holiday centre or theme park
- performing in local clubs - you may have to work without pay at first
- taking part in street performance
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults.
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:
- Circus performer
- Classical musician
- outgoing personality
- determined to succeed
- able to adapt what you do to suit the age of the children you are entertaining
- self motivated