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Careers in the Performing Arts

Information and Resources for Aspiring Actors, Musicians and Dancers


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Many people aspire to use their talents to entertain others. Here are resources to help performing artists - musicians, singers, dancers, and actors - pursue their passions.

Occupational Information

A particular talent and passion does not necessarily make a good career choice. It is important to get the facts on whatever occupation you choose. Here are some resources to help you learn more about careers in music, dance, and theater.

The following articles are from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each article contains information regarding the nature of the work, working conditions, employment outlook, education and training, and earnings for that occupation:

Education and Training: Courses and Accreditation

A solid educational foundation is important, although, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, it is not as important as experience as far as actors are concerned. However, even actors with well established careers polish their skills in acting classes with other professionals. Dancers spend many hours in training as do musicians.

Professional Associations and Unions

Online Publications

The following online publications will allow you to keep up with current industry news.

Job Listings

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