Why performing arts?

Most performing arts students have a genuine love of their subject and you’ll want to be actively involved in it on graduation and throughout your career.

Your performance career

If you’re talented, determined and lucky, you could pursue a successful career as an actor, dancer or musician. You could well combine a performance career with other performance-related work, such as composition, choreography, stage management, directing, broadcasting or recording studio work.

Get into teaching

Teaching is an attractive option as it allows you to pass your love of your art onto others. You could go on to train as a schoolteacher or further education lecturer, or gain qualifications to teach privately.

Recognised organisations

Many large organisations, such as theatres, orchestras and ballet companies, employ education officers to encourage young people to engage with performing arts. You can become involved in the administration and management of arts facilities such as theatres or arts boards, or in the development of arts through community projects. Large theatre and ballet companies and orchestras also employ teams of administrative staff.


Self-employment is a real option if you are versatile and commercially aware. As an example, you could set up your own small touring theatre companies, or make a living out of performing on a self-employed basis, eg in a band or as a nightclub singer. 

Related careers

Skills and knowledge of performance arts can be useful in areas such as music retail, specialist bookshops and arts journalism, and your know-how can even be used as the basis for therapies.