A career as a performer is not for everyone. It takes hard work, well-crafted talent, and – perhaps most importantly – the knowledge that you can’t imagine doing anything else. Making a living primarily as a performer takes perseverance, the ability to take rejection, and patience. Often it means a day job to pay the bills, while performing as much as possible in your free time.
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If you are going to work as a practicing arts performing, you have to approach your career with a freelancing, entrepreneurial mindset. Performers need to find new gigs, market themselves, look for work, have the needed skills and background to audition, manage finances, and more. Mastering your creative talents is just the first step to success in as a performer, building those entrepreneurial skills is critical. After all, working as a practicing performer can be similar to running your own personal business with you – and your talents – as the service.
Consider engaging with the college’s entrepreneurial program to build the needed business skills to make it as a freelancing creative.