Paul E is a performer in Nofitstate Circus. "I get paid to do some crazy things and to have an adrenaline buzz." He had a career in finance, but after almost dying of a stab wound he reappraised his priorities. "It make me realise that I was wasting my life away doing something for somebody else."
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionActors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.
QualificationsEntry does not depend on academic qualifications although some drama schools require candidates to have GCSEs/S grades or A levels/H grades or a degree. Entry can be based upon an audition. Membership of the appropriate trade union is usually required. NVQs/SVQs in performing arts are available.
- Studies script, play or book and prepares and rehearses interpretation;
- Assumes character created by a playwright or author and communicates this to an audience;
- Performs singing, comedy, acrobatic, illusion and conjuring routines;
- Trains animals to perform entertaining routines and may perform with them;
- Introduces and presents radio and television programmes, reads news bulletins and makes announcements;
- Conducts interviews and prepares reports for news broadcasts, current affairs programmes and documentaries;
- Plays pre-recorded music at nightclubs, discotheques, and private functions.