How to become an entertainer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- applying directly
- a specialist course run by a private training organisation
You could do a degree in a relevant subject like:
- contemporary theatre and performance
- comedy writing 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
It may be useful to do a college course in:
- performing arts
- musical theatre
- drama and theatre
This would help you to develop your talent and learn some of the skills you may need.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
Some entertainers are self-taught. To get experience as an entertainer you could:
- take part in open-mic spots or talent competitions
- work at a holiday centre or theme park
- perform in local clubs - you may have to work without pay at first
- take part in street performance or fringe festivals
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 can find details of courses from professional associations in your field of entertainment.
You'll often have to pass auditions to get work. It may help to find an agent who can market your talents.
Professional and industry bodies
You may find it useful to join Equity for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can get more information on working in performance and other creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.