Entertainers captivate, amuse or thrill an audience with dramatic, musical and other performances. They may perform a variety of tasks depending on their area of expertise.
Duties & Tasks
Entertainers may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- create acts and performance routines
- develop a special character such as a clown or fairy
- practise the act
- dress in costumes to suit the act
- perform acts to entertain audiences
- perform illusions and tricks
- operate a puppet or puppets
- tell jokes and perform comical acts
- undertake dangerous acts.
A children's entertainer entertains children by performing tricks and routines including dancing, acting, music, stunts, magical illusions, storytelling and juggling. Children's entertainers may perform as a character, such as a clown or fairy, using a variety of styles, or they may specialise in one particular type of performance.
A circus performer undertakes potentially dangerous and/or physically strenuous acts in order to entertain an audience, such as acrobatics, humour and feats of strength. They perform either solo or as a member of a group. Circus performers aim to achieve the greatest visual impact with the smallest safety risk.
A comedian entertains an audience by telling jokes and performing satirical or comical acts. There are many types of comedians, including actors, clowns, mimes and stand-up. Comedians may perform using a variety of styles, or they may specialise in one particular comic style.
A magician makes objects and people appear, vanish, transform and move by performing illusions that seem impossible to their audience. Magicians use 'sleight of hand' (skillful manipulation of objects), misdirection (diverting the audience's attention away from a crucial manoeuvre) and special equipment to achieve the effect of magic.
A puppeteer/ventriloquist entertains an audience by operating a puppet or puppets to create life-like characters. Puppeteers and ventriloquists control puppets and props by the use of strings, rods and wires or simply by using their own hands. They may perform solo or as a member of a group to create characters and stories.
Entertainers must be prepared to work irregular hours and spend long periods practising and rehearsing. Some entertainers work in areas unrelated to entertaining to support themselves financially.
- flair for entertainment
- good communication skills
- able to concentrate for long periods
- self-confidence, motivation, dedication and determination
- stamina to perform at peak level.