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If you are going to consider a new career or job in performing arts the first thing to do is get a good understanding of what the sector involves.
Performing arts is the umbrella-term that covers a range of creative and performance-based hobbies and occupations, including acting, music, dance and other more specialist activities, such as circus performing.
In general, the performing arts defines artistic activities which involve performers interpreting roles for an audience, through various mediums. It can be through the spoken word, music, movement, dance and acrobatics.
The creative and cultural industries offer job opportunities not only on stage and performance-based, but also backstage roles, promoters, managers and administrators.
There are currently 101,593 people working in the performing arts (National Careers Service).
Most people who work in the industry get into it through a passion for some form of performing art, be it music, dance, acting, singing or any of the other activities generally worthy of public performance.
The three main areas of performing arts are theatre (acting and playwriting), music (singing, performance and production) and dance (performance and choreography). Within these areas, there are many different professions, from the performance side of things, to those behind the scenes in production, training, teaching or promotion.
Whether you are particularly talented in a performing art or are just passionate about them, there are many jobs available.
For more in-depth information on the the different job paths within Performing Arts, please follow the links below:
Making a professional living out of the performing arts can, for some, be a tricky enterprise. Acting, for example, is an extremely popular career choice – and it can be a really lucrative one for the lucky few – but making the big time can often remain a pipe dream.
As such, drive and determination, teamed with talent are the attributes which ultimately trump academic achievement, not to say that learning the theory and history of the arts is not also a crucial part of several disciplines.
Gaining as much experience and publicity as possible is crucial if you want to enter a performing arts career. Take part in small theatre productions, form a band and play gigs or visit music events and write reviews.
The UK is also home to some of the most widely respected teaching institutions and conservatoires for performing arts, including Royal Colleges, Academies and world-famous drama schools. For the non-performance professions of the industry, formal qualifications and training are likely to be of use.