Actors, dancers, singers, magicians, ventriloquists, jugglers, etc, may all be classified as entertainers. Regardless of the specifics of each entertainers skill or profession, all work in public settings to entertain audiences.

Duties and tasks

  • Auditioning for roles in various productions
  • Dancing in a ballet or other dance performance
  • Entertaining audiences in various professional and artistic capacities
  • Performing roles in plays, musicals, television shows, or movies
  • Planning or implementing performances
  • Rehearsing performances for utmost effect on the day of the actual performance
  • Singing at concerts or in musicals

Skills required

  • Ability to hold the attention of an audience
  • Courage
  • Excellent reading and listening comprehension skills
  • Improvisational techniques
  • Performance talent

Working conditions

The workplaces of Entertainers are as various as the types of entertainers themselves. Struggling entertainers may be found busking or performing on streets, while successful entertainers perform at high-profile venues. Those between these two extremes can work in storefront or other lower-profile theatres and stages.

Professional associations / Industry information

Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA)

Related jobs and job titles

  • Busker
  • Childrens Entertainer
  • Circus Performer
  • Comedian
  • Dancer
  • Magician
  • Puppeteer
  • Singer
  • Stand-up Comedian