Entertainer Kaiwhakangahau

Entertainers perform a variety of acts, such as dance, drama or acrobatics, to entertain an audience.

Entertainers may do some or all of the following:

  • write and research performance routines
  • rehearse their acts
  • design and dress in costumes to suit their performances
  • perform their acts in front of an audience
  • record and edit their videos and photos for social media
  • promote and publicise their acts.

Physical Requirements

Physical requirements for entertainers depend on what kind of performance work they do. For example:

  • human statues need to have a good level of stamina and concentration
  • jugglers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination
  • stilt walkers must have good balance.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for entertainers includes:

  • public speaking
  • theatre sports and debating
  • acting, dancing or singing
  • other experience performing in front of an audience
  • artistic or creative work.

Personal Qualities

Entertainers need to be:

  • observant
  • able to communicate ideas and feelings
  • outgoing, confident and comfortable working in front of an audience
  • able to deal with negative feedback
  • adaptable, as they need to be able to respond to the audience
  • disciplined and motivated
  • patient and persistent enough to perfect their act.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for entertainers includes:

  • public speaking
  • theatre sports and debating
  • acting, dancing or singing
  • other experience performing in front of an audience
  • artistic or creative work.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an entertainer. However, media studies and music, dance and drama are useful.

Entertainers usually specialise in one role, such as:

Acrobat
Acrobats use trapezes to perform feats of balance and agility, often high off the ground.
Aerial Dancer and Circus Artist
Aerial dancers and circus artists perform dances and feats, sometimes above audience members heads.
Clown
Clowns use physical performance and humour to entertain audiences.
Comedian
Comedians use humour to entertain audiences.
Hypnotist
Hypnotists use the power of suggestion to persuade their subjects to amuse an audience.
Magician
Magicians use illusion and sleight of hand to perform magic tricks.
Entertainer

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