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Careers In Culture

Live Performing Arts - What You Need to Know

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Your career in the live performing arts

Do you dream about lighting a play, singing in an opera, dancing before an audience, or marketing an international tour? Then you're thinking about a career in the live performing arts—a dynamic and growing part of the cultural sector. People who work in the live performing arts create performances, products and programs that help us understand ourselves and each other. Through the stage, we connect with other lives, cultures, places and times. However, we don't make these connections alone. A good performance ensemble creates and conveys an atmosphere and energy only experienced through the presence of an attentive audience. If you have a career in the live performing arts, you'll be part of a powerful force in today's world, linking people through shared experiences.

Perhaps you dream of being in the spotlight, bringing pleasure to people through your performance skills. Or maybe you'd love to be behind the scenes, providing the important managerial, technical or marketing skills that make live performances happen.

Curiosity Checklist

How can you know if a career in this field would be right for you? The answer is within yourself. Your interests, talents and skills are important clues to finding out if a particular career path will be right for you—challenging, satisfying and meaningful. Use the following checklist to help you make good decisions about your future.

Curiosity Checklist

Do you...

Love the "magic" of the stage?
Deal well with financial uncertainty?
Are you passionate?
Like to exercise your creativity?
Have a terrific curiosity about people, places and things?
Enjoy being part of a team and working with others?
Want to travel and meet new people?
Have high levels of energy and enthusiasm?
Enjoy solving problems and making things happen?
Have an open mind about new technologies?
Have ingenuity and resourcefulness?
Feel ready to be self-employed?
Know you can handle pressure well?
Enjoy giving 100 per cent of your effort to a project?
Know that you are committed to lifelong learning?