What is a Performer?

A performer is an entertainer like an actor, musician, circus performer, magician, dancer, or singer that creatively expresses their artistic talent to an audience. They perform before live audiences and/or for television and film. Performers typically work closely with choreographers, directors, makeup artists, costume designers and vocal coaches.

What does a Performer do?

A performer is an entertainer like an actor, musician, circus performer, dancer, or singer that creatively expresses their artistic talent to an audience.

Performers need to be talented and skilled, and also need stamina, dedication and self-discipline. The following are various types of performers. Click on each type to learn what they do.

Actors
- play characters in film, television, radio, or theatre productions

Stuntmen
- fill in for the star of a movie or television show, performing dangerous falls or getting into car crashes or fights

Musicians
- are talented and skilled in playing one or several musical instruments

Singers
- vocalize musical sounds with tone and pitch, and use their own voice to produce music

DJ's
- play the music you hear on radio stations, internet radio stations, local bars and dance clubs, and even at wedding receptions

Dancers
- use movement to express ideas and stories in performances

Choreographers
- design and direct routines used in dances and performances and may also perform

Circus Performers
- must have unusual entertainment skills, such as acrobatics or juggling, and will perform using one, or a combination of these skills

Magicians
- entertain an audience by performing magic tricks, effects or illusions

Comedians
- have the job of entertaining an audience and making them laugh

Motivational Speakers
- deliver speeches with the intention of motivating or inspiring the people in the audience

Are you suited to be a performer?

Performers have distinct personalities. They tend to be artistic individuals, which means they’re creative, intuitive, sensitive, articulate, and expressive. They are unstructured, original, nonconforming, and innovative. Some of them are also enterprising, meaning they’re adventurous, ambitious, assertive, extroverted, energetic, enthusiastic, confident, and optimistic.

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What is the workplace of a Performer like?

Performers can be found working in music videos, night clubs, theme parks, the circus, resorts, cruise ships, theatre, on television and television commercials, and on film.