Many people in this sector will combine performing with other job. This can be a hard area in which to make a stable career, as very few make it to the top, it can be a rewarding way to make additional money from an activity you’re passionate about. Beyond performance, there are many careers available in the music industry, venues and dance companies supporting the performers and making sure the show goes on.
Beyond performance and composing, musicians need support staff, people to promote and book concerts, tour managers, sound engineers and agents to keep the show on the road.
Working in theatre can be a tough profession, most actors combine stage work with teaching, advertisements and TV work to sustain their income.
As dance is so demanding on the body, careers typically are not long. This means dancers need to plan for life after dance. Opportunities include moving onto chorography, working as dance instructors, or administration.
Every performance is driven by skilled professionals or volunteers working behind the scenes, whether it’s the camera operators or gaffers on a film set, or stage constructors and sound people in a theatre.