The arts and entertainment industry is all about creativity. The people who thrive in this industry are the ones who are inspired to produce great art and entertainment for others. You might find yourself working in a gallery, a recording studio, a television studio, radio, theatre or design. While the arts and entertainment industry has never been easy to break into, it’s a space that’s driven by passion and can be a very rewarding career path.
Will it suit me?
Arts and entertainment require all kinds of people with all kinds skills. While musicians and actors tend to be extroverted performers, festival planners need to be highly organised and videographers must possess very specific technical skills. It’s hard to make generalisations about such a diverse industry, but because it’s so open, it attracts all kinds of people, which is pretty cool. What you do need is the drive to work hard, as the path to a career in this industry is almost never easy.
What jobs can I do?
Actor, radio producer, music curator, music programmer, musician, sound technician, videographer, cinematographer, video editor, photographer, film director, film or television producer, sound technician, comedian, cartoonist, illustrator, designer, events coordinator, event planner, author, screenwriter, script editor, painter, sculptor, potter, ceramic artist, visual artist, make up artist, composer, dancer, choreographer, entertainer, presenter.
How can I get there?
With so many different job titles, there are endless different career paths into arts and entertainment. A career in the industry could begin by studying an arts or fine arts degree at university, by studying a certificate or diploma at TAFE, or simply by working hard at your chosen craft and getting noticed in your community. For better or for worse, there are often no guarantees when it comes to your qualifications, and success ultimately depends on your ability to network, communicate and put yourself out there for as many opportunities as possible. Essentially, you need to be very driven and in control of your own learning.
Is it a good industry?
There’s a bit of a stereotype that artists are absent minded and unreliable, but ironically, the industry is really competitive and difficult to crack, so the people who make it as artists and entertainers are generally very dedicated and hard working. It’s a passionate industry with many pathways, some of which are very prestigious and profitable, and others that are quite humble.