Arts and Entertainment

Entertainment and leisure activities have been around since ancient times. Everyone needs to have fun, and everyone likes to relax, no matter where you come from. Today’s world is filled with more opportunities than ever before, and the ability to express yourself is only getting greater. There’s music, art, film, radio, theater, there are museums, zoos, gardens, bowling alleys, theme parks, and casinos. Plenty of fun for everyone, that’s for sure! And these are just a few of the various industries that are all about having a good time. If you like to entertain or perform, the multiple facets of the arts & entertainment industries could be part of your future.

Three Reasons to Explore A Career in Arts & Entertainment

  1. There are many summer and part-time employment opportunities for young people. Some large amusement parks actively recruit high school and college students and some offer seasonal housing for their workers, while arts & music organizations can always use an enthusiastic intern.
  2. Selling entertainment is also about demographics and market demand. Latinos are becoming a larger part of the American cultural landscape, creating the need for spanish language programming, such as ESPN Deportes and MundoFox (link in English).
  3. People in these career paths get to have a lot of fun while working.

Your Pathway to A Career in Arts & Entertainment

  • High School: It’s never too early to build your arts and entertainment resume. Join extracurricular groups, become a photographer for the school yearbook, form a rock band, or start organizing events. All the most successful people in the industry started small!
  • Community College: Many two-year institutions offer classes in art, music, and creative writing, as well as programs in audio recording and video editing. Classes are often taught by practicing professionals, so real-world expertise will guide your learning.
  • Four-Year School: College provides many avenues for launching your creative career.  Choose a relevant major like music, design, marketing, theater, or management. Once on campus, get involved with student activities committees or arts groups, and make your name known in the local “scene.”

Arts & Entertainment Positions

Museum Curators oversee the collection, preservation, and display of museum collections. They are in charge of purchasing, selling, and loaning out collections. They also oversee research projects and educational outreach. Curators often participate in grant writing and fundraising, as well as specialize in a certain area, such as art, archeology, or botany.
Education: Master’s degree in museum studies or in an area of specialty such as history, botany, or art history.
Salary Range: $26,000 to $83,000

Actors play parts in stage, television, radio, movie, or video productions. They audition for roles, memorize their lines, rehearse with other actors, and entertain audiences. Actors are often trained in singing, dancing, and public speaking. Actors are typically hired for a short amount of time and therefore are constantly auditioning for parts.
Education: Some actors train at acting schools or graduate with a bachelor’s degree in acting. Others enter the field without formal training.
Salary Range: The average hourly wage in 2008 for actors was $29.05.

Recreational Therapists plan, facilitate, and oversee leisure and recreational programs for patients with disabilities or illnesses. They help meet the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of their patients, and work in hospitals, care centers, and retirement homes. They often travel with their patients to different community sites. Art therapy is also a growing discipline.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. Many have National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Salary Range: $23,000 to $60,000

Top Ten Graduate Programs in Art

  1. Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Rhode Island School of Design - Providence, Rhode Island
  3. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
  4. University of California – Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California
  5. Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, Virginia
  6. California Institute of Arts - Valencia, CA
  7. Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  8. Cranbrook Academy of Art - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  9. Maryland Institute College of Art - Baltimore, Maryland
  10. Columbia University - New York, NY

U.S. News & World Report (2011)

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