Career outlook for entertainer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
If you’re a talented performer, you could have a future in the world of entertainment. There are opportunities for comedians, musicians, YouTube streamers, magicians and more.
It’s a competitive industry so you’ll need to continually work on your performance to make it as professional as possible. That might mean hitting local comedy clubs to put your new stand-up act to the test, or seeing a vocal coach to extend your singing range.
Where you perform is up to you – you might thrive in the buzz of bars and clubs or prefer the control of streaming all your performances online. Either way, you’ll need to promote yourself. Being on as many social media channels as possible is a good idea. You might also want to seek representation or make connections with a booking agent to help you grow your career.
Once you’ve built a loyal following, it’ll be easier to find good gigs. It pays to think beyond the obvious – corporate events, where companies book performers to entertain their clients and guests, can be a particularly lucrative source of income.
What you’ll do
- Rehearse your act
- Come up with new ideas – material, songs, routines etc.
- Livestream through online channels like YouTube or Twitch
- Record and edit videos to publish online
- Audition for paid gigs
- Perform for an audience at bars, clubs, and corporate events – you might even tour different venues across the country
- Promote your act and manage your online presence
- Maintain relationships with agents and bookers
- Interact with fans and followers on social media
UK employment status
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- Positive attitude
- Verbal communication
- Self esteem
- Time management
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