Living the performance artist lifestyle is not easy and requires hard work, dedication, and a passion for the arts. Individuals who are extremely creative and develop a niche for themselves often perform better than those who stick to general entertainment.
Whether you are interested in living the performance artist lifestyle or if you are searching for a performance artist to hire, understanding the industry is essential before you begin.
Types of Performance Artist Careers
Before you begin working towards a performance ARTIST lifestyle or seeking a performance artist for a gig of your own, it is important to understand what type of performance artist CAREERS and opportunities are available.
Some of the most common performance artist careers or paths may include:
Musicians: Singers and Instrumentalists. Singers (sing) and Instrumentalists (play instruments) for live audiences and in recording studios. They perform in a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, opera, hip-hop, Latin, folk, pop and rock.
Music Directors and Composers. Music directors, also called conductors, lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions; choose guest performers and soloist and, audition new performers. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.
Dancers and Choreographers. Dancers and choreographers use dance performances to express ideas and stories. There are many types of dance, such as ballet, tango, modern dance, tap, and jazz.
Producers and Directors. Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They inform the audience.
Actors. Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.
Not all performance artists provide the same skills or talents, which is why it is important to think creatively whether you intend to lead a performance artist lifestyle yourself, or if you have an interest in working with performance artists for an upcoming project.
Building a Sustainable Career with a Performance Artist Lifestyle
Building a sustainable career with a performance artist lifestyle as a freelance musician, dancer, actor, or producer requires an understanding of your street persona as well as the audience you intend to reach. Before you begin building a name for yourself and marketing your talents, consider the type of people you want to appeal to most while you are working on the street.
Ask yourself the following questions before you begin launching a marketing campaign to spread the word of your abilities and art:
1-What skill am I intending to show off?
2-Who do I want to reach with my performance art? What are the demographics (age, location, gender) of the audience I want to appeal to most?
3-How will my audience discover my art? Do I intend to stay offline and local or do I envision myself spreading online and internationally?
4-How will I expand my act even further for the future to sustain the lifestyle I want?
For example, if you are a classical musician but you are thinking of implementing a variety of music styles into your art, you may be considered as a crossover classical musician. Utilizing elements from a variety of genres from classical to jazz, Latin, pop, and even folk, create new soundscapes that are original and mesmerizing as a performance artist.
You can also consider collaborating with other artistic disciplines, as with dancers or actors, to use all your creativity and amazing ideas to create an original an “out of the box” performance.
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