Arts, Media and Entertainment

Arts, Media and Entertainment
  • Are you creative?
  • Are you a performer?
  • Are you a good communicator?
If you said YES to ONE of these questions – this job sector may interest you. Under the sector Arts, Media & Entertainment there are lots of different areas you could work in, from performing arts to fashion and product design, etc. The world of multi-media technology is also very exciting. If you want to work for yourself one day, this sector might interest you. If you want more information about careers in Arts, Media and Entertainment, click on the different sectors on the left (or below) to find different and interesting job descriptions.

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Job descriptions

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Acrobat

Acrobats use daring gymnastic skills to entertain people at circuses and exhibitions. They need to be fit, strong and agile to perform daring stunts and avoid injury. They also need to have strong self discipline and a good sense of timing.

Actor/Actress

If you love to perform on a stage, on camera or even in front of crowds at a shopping mall, then read on. Most acting jobs only last a short period of time which means they can have a long wait between jobs. Some actors have a second, different job in order to make enough money.

Advertising Manager

Advertising Managers plan and direct all areas of the advertising arena. It’s the job of the Advertising Manager to plan and prepare advertising and promotional material to increase sales of products or services. They work with customers, company officials, sales departments and advertising agencies.

Air Brush Artist

Air-Brush Artists use the air-brush tool to create original artworks or do restoration.

Antique Dealer

Antique Dealers buy, clean, restore, value and sell old objects such as furniture, art, jewellery and china etc. They can work for an antique company, an auction house, a store, or on an independent basis.

Art Critic

An Art Critic’s job is to give their opinion and technical analysis of art works (drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, collages, prints etc etc).

Art Director

Art Director’s job is to oversee the artistic design of advertisements and print materials, as well as the filming of television commercials. They are the decision makers who are responsible for the quality of the finished product.

Art Historian

An Art Historian loves and studies art. They are interested in the different historical aspects of the artworks. This includes: the artistic movements to which they belong and the social and political times when during which they were made in. An Art Historian has a broad knowledge of art, or they specialise in one art movement or style.

Artist

Art occupations are usually divided into two categories:
Fine Art and Graphic Design.

See under Fine Artist or Graphic Designer for more in depth information.

Author and Writers

As a Writer your job is to create original pieces of written work for publications or for performances. There is plenty of room to try out different writing styles and writing for different reasons. You may want to write in the form of poetry, novels, short stories, biographies, plays, or film, radio and/or television scripts.

Body Make-Up Artist

Body Make-Up Artists use oils, watercolours and other materials to paint people’s bodies. They use their model’s body as a canvas.

They are usually classified as commercial artists, rather than fine artists, because, in most cases, they do not choose their own theme or subject matter.

Broadcaster

Broadcasters set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs.

Broadcasting Editor

Editing the news stories for radio or television are just a small part of the Broadcasting Editors job portfolio. This exciting career will require leadership skills and a journalism or language background.

Camera Operator

Camera Operators work on film/motion pictures, videos, television shows and commercials. The job of a Camera Operator or cinematographer is to physically operate the camera and its movement whilst monitoring the composition and the camera angles throughout the scene or shot.

Cartoonist

Do you enjoy drawing cartoons? Do you know that you can make a career out of it? Well you can! Being a Cartoonist involves drawing cartoons all day. It’s a fun career if you enjoy being creative, but it also requires hard work and dedication to succeed as an artist.

Casting Director

As a Casting Director, your job is to organise and facilitate the choosing (casting) of actors for all the roles in a film or advertisement. Casting Directors must know exactly why each actor is suitable for a particular role when casting them to ensure the best possible end product.

Ceramist

A Ceramist is a professional artist who makes a living from making things out of clay.

Character Animator-Games

Have you ever wanted to create your own Super Mario or Zelda? You could bring your own characters to life by becoming a video game Character Animator. Character Animators are in demand!

Childrens Book Illustrator

A Childrens’ Book Illustrator is a person who specialises in creating pieces of artwork which will correspond or explain the story in a book. They may create colourful works of art for a story-book or sometimes one-colour pieces for a text book.

Choreographer

Choreographers are like ‘dance-sequence-designers’. They work with musicians, dancers and performers interpreting and developing ideas which they transform into dance for stage productions or musical performances.

Clown

Clowns dress in strange, colourful outfits, paint their faces and use their performance skills, antics and tricks to delight and amuse the crowd. Their main job is to make people and children laugh.

Comedian

A Comedian sees the humour and irony in life and knows how to tell a story in a way that entertains people and makes them laugh. Comedians are often hired by companies and organisations to entertain people at corporate functions.

Composer

Being a Composer or a songwriter is rarely a full-time job. This is a role that many musicians take on at some stage in their careers while having another job.

Computer Game Designer

If you love computer / video games, then being a Computer / Video Game Designer may be your dream job. The computer / video game design industry is a booming and highly competitive industry.

Computer Graphics Animator

Computer games and animation are ever changing and if this is your passion then becoming a Computer Graphics Animator is a job to consider. They’re a specialised graphic designer who works on animating graphics in the video gaming industry.

Copywriter

The job of a Copywriter is to create words, slogans, tag lines or scripts to promote a person, business, opinion or idea. Their work is read in various marketing materials, sales letters, postcards, brochures, flyers, posters, billboards, email advertisements, etc.

Costume Designer

Costume Designer’s job is to create the look and fashion for characters in film or stage productions. Every item an actor wears has been thoroughly planned by the Costume Designer and may have even been sewn/created by the designer’s own hands.

Creative Director

Do you have a wonderfully imaginative and creative mind? Does the world of advertising excite you? As a Creative Director you will be responsible in developing high-level concepts for design projects and company branding.

Crime Reporter

Are you tenacious, determined and passionate about writing and would enjoy covering stories emanating from the crime world? Then consider following a career as a Crime Reporter. As a Crime Reporter you will need to work shifts, have a good news sense and be a qualified journalist.

Dancer

A Dancer’s a life (job) is on the stage performing dances as entertainment for audiences. Dancers may also be expected to sing or act during performances.

Decor/ Set Designer

Décor or Set Designers are the artists who design television, movie and theatre sets. Research is conducted in order to create a set that would interpret the story in a visual form, and to establish the appropriate architectural elements. They need to make it as real and believable as possible.

Desktop Publisher

Desktop Publishing refers to a job which uses specialised graphic software on a computer to combine elements such as text, photographs, illustrations, charts etc into a pleasing and useful, graphic layout so it can eventually get printed.

Disc Jockey

A Disc Jockey (DJ), is a person who carefully chooses and plays recorded music for a particular audience.

Display Artist

Really good Display Artists have a marvelous eye for detail, proportions and colour and possess an out-the-box imagination. Creativity and practical planning are also important.

Double

Do you look like a famous person? You could find a job in the entertainment industry as a ‘Double’. Doubles are usually found in film, television and video productions. A Double will replace an actor/actress in a particular scene for different reasons.

Entertainer

An Entertainer is a person, such as a singer, dancer, acrobat, comedian, hypnotist, magician, poetry reader, etc etc whose job is to entertain others.

Event Assistant

What is an Event Assistant? An Event Assistant assists with all parts of an event: design, production, guest speakers, decorations, admin etc.

Event Co-ordinator

Event Co-ordinators work together with Event Managers to plan and co-ordinate functions, banquets, conferences and other major events.

Event Manager

Do you have a creative flair and excellent communication skills? Are you friendly, outgoing and spontaneous and have the ability to manage people? Event Management might be the job you’re looking for? Event Managers are in charge and responsible for the event/s.

Fashion Designer

If you have a passion for fashion and a creative eye, then Fashion Design may be the career option you’re looking for.

Fashion Editor

If the idea of fashion and creativity excite you – why not think of becoming a Fashion Editor.

Fashion Illustrator/Artist

Are you artistic? Can you draw? Are you passionate about fashion? If you combine these two loves – a career as a Fashion Illustrator may suit you. Fashion Illustrators create accurate images out of ideas for fashion.

Film Animator

Film Animators are generally employed by production houses which produce television, film, visual presentations, software games etc. Their main role in a production house is to tell as story through animation or motion graphics using: 2D drawings or 3D models and/or computer generated animation.

Film Critic

Can you imagine a job where you actually get paid to watch movies? That’s precisely what a Film Critic does. Film Critics are paid to watch films of all genres and give their brutally honest opinion in the form of written reviews.

Film Director

A Film Director is the person responsible for co-ordinating and overseeing every aspect of making a movie/film. They are involved from the very start to the finish.

Film Producer

A Film Producer creates the conditions for making movies for television and movie advertisements. The Film Producer’s job is to initiate, coordinate and supervise all arrangements involved in the manufacture of this creative area.

Film Production Designer

A Film Production Designer’s job it to be responsible for the ‘look’ of the movie/television programme or music video and advert.
The Film Production Designer works closely with both the director and producer and together they will decide the ‘style’ and ‘look’ of the production.

Fine Artist

A Fine Artist creates original pieces of fine art to sell. Fine art usually includes one-of-a-kind pieces or limited editions. These can include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and digital.

Fireworks Display Artist

They are firework experts. So, if you like creating exciting visual experiences, are interested in science and are slightly creative – then becoming a Pyrotechnician may just be the big-bang job for you!

Florist

A Florist is an artistic person who creates flower arrangements. They can make arrangements to sell straight to the public or the can end up designing and creating special arrangements for specific purposes ie hotel foyer areas, corporate events, exhibitions, functions, funerals, birthday parties, weddings, etc.

Food Stylist

A Food Stylist is a culinary professional whose job is to create a perfect, artistic and realistically-finger-licking food scene so that the photographer can take photos for a cookbook, magazine, brochure, website, commercial, television or movie set etc.

Furniture Designer

Furniture is usually the term used to describe ‘movable objects’ one finds in a house, home or office environment. The job of a Furniture Designer is to design and create new pieces of furniture by using parts of industrial design. These products are either sold as individual custom-made pieces or can be made in larger quantities in a factory.

Graphic Designer

We see examples of graphic design around us all day, every day. From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep we see and use products that are designed by Graphic Designers. Think about food packaging, websites, magazine pages, posters, product logos, food labels and much more – and you will see the work of Graphic Designers.

Greeting Card Illustrator

Greeting Card Illustrators produce illustrations which are used on greeting cards. Illustrators are responsible for coming up with original ideas.

Illustrator

Draws or paints illustrations for use by various media to explain or adorn printed or spoken word: Studies layouts, sketches of proposed illustrations, and related materials to become familiar with assignment.

Industrial Designer

Industrial Designers design consumer articles to meet a need for a new product or they may improve on an existing product. They combine their technical knowledge of machines and materials with their artistic ability to create and improve the function and appearance of machine-made products.

Interior Designer

The job of an Interior Designer is to design, plan and furnish interior environments of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The Interior Designer creates the interior look and feel of a building according to what their client would like.

Jeweller

A Jeweller is usually the person who works in or owns a jewellery store. They assist customers as well as doing minor alterations and polishing if required. Some Jewellers may also be Jewellery Designers. See Jewellery Designer on our website for more details.

Jewellery Designer

Jewellery Designer’s job is to design and make jewellery using a variety of materials (eg gold, silver and precious and semi-precious stones). Some pieces can be one-offs creations or designed and made for mass production.

Journalist

Are you curious, determined and persistent? Do you want to know the story behind the story? Are you confident enough to poke your nose in or ruffle feathers to get at the truth. What about a career in Journalism?

Living Statue

A Living Statue is a form of Mime Artist. A Living Statue usually works as a street performer (busker), posing for hours like a statue. In some upmarket stores in London and New York, Living Statues pose as ‘live’ mannequins in the store windows.

Magician

Also known as illusionist, a Magician is a performer who performs (stages) tricks or illusions as a form of entertainment.

Make-up Designer

Make-up Designers work with all kinds of performers, models, and celebrities. No two days are the same. If you enjoy variety in your life, you couldn’t pick a better occupation.
See also ‘Make-Up Artist’ on our website for more details.

Mime Artist

A Mime Artist is a form of silent actor. They do not utter a sound but are able to entertain audiences using only movement and expressions.

Mosaic Artist

A Mosaic Artist is very creative. A Mosaic Artist creates colourful images and pieces of art from small or broken pieces of glass, stones, tiles, ceramics, metal, mirrors and beads etc.

Multi-Media Developer

A Multi-Media Developer creates computer animation which includes audio, video and graphic files into multi-media programs. These files can be used in multi-media presentations, gaming environments, info kiosks etc

Musical Arranger

The world of music offers a host of careers. Why not look at becoming a Musical Arranger. Musical Arrangers write, arrange or create new music for bands, orchestras, singers, plays or films.

Musical Instrument Builder

Musical Instrument Builders design, build and assemble musical instruments and instrument parts and also restore, repair, alter or adjust them. They usually specialise in certain families of musical instruments, such as electronic, stringed or brass instruments or an individual musical instrument, like violins.

Musician

Do you dream of performing your favorite music in front of an audience? Are you talented at playing one or more instruments? If yes, consider becoming a professional Musician! Professional Musicians earn a living playing in front of audiences either solo, in duets, bands, or symphonies.

Performing Arts Technician

Interested in the behind the scenes action of theatre, TV, film, and music and dance concerts? Are you good with you hands? Then consider a career as a Performing Arts Technician. They co-ordinate, assist, and perform the technical work associated with stage construction, lighting, and sound projection.

Photographer

A Photographer produces images that communicate a specific message to the viewer. Their purpose may be artistic, commercial or editorial and their content can represent anything, for example: a moment of happiness; a scene of war; a plate of food; a spectacular landscape.

Piano Tuner

The job of a Piano Tuner is to make sure that the piano is functioning properly and that the sound is pitch-perfect. Piano Tuners can work for piano manufacturers, dealers, repair shops, music conservatories, universities, music shops, recording studios and concert halls etc.

Press Photographer / Photojournalist

A Press Photographer (Photojournalist) tells a news story mainly through pictures (using both stills and video). They usually carry with them a couple of cameras, lenses, a flash and a notebook and pen to record details and even write stories.

Radio Programme Writer

A Radio Programme Writer generates topic and story ideas to analyse, interview, and investigate. Radio Programme Writers conduct a lot of research to be well informed about the particular topic(s) being covered in a show.

Radio/Television Announcer

In South Africa, Announcers on radio, television and other media read the news, conduct interviews, and make other announcements. They can also introduce performing artists at theatres, night clubs and other venues as well as making other related announcements.

Script Writer

Scriptwriters are skilled writers who prepare scripts for commercials, soap operas, comedies and dramas that are performed on television, in films and on stage.

Sculptor

Sculptors are artists who create three-dimensional works of art.

They can create their pieces using metal, wood, glass, wire, stone, concrete, plastic, paper, clay or fibreglass, or any combination of these and other materials, by either moulding, cutting, welding or carving art pieces from such materials.

Set Designer (Film Industry)

A Set Designer is responsible for taking the ideas of the Film Production Designer, researching the concept and making these ideas come to life. These ideas need to be as authentic and believable as possible.

Signwriter

Signwriting these days is usually done by a computer-driven signwriting company. However, some clients still prefer a traditional Sign Writer.

A traditional Sign Writer will paint by hand the sign (logos and lettering) where required.

Singer

Have you thought about entering “Idols”? Are you more than just a shower singer? A Singer performs either as soloists or as members of a vocal ensemble to entertain a variety of audiences.

Sound Designer (Multimedia)

Does the exciting world of sound and film excite you? A Sound Designer is an artist who works alongside the director of a movie or TV production to shape the overall consistent soundtrack. Their jobs is to exploit the expressive possibilities of sound as a medium.

Sound Engineer

Engineering and sound your passion? Why not consider a career in the world of Sound Engineering where you will be a part of audio science dealing with the recording and reproduction of sound through mechanical and electronic means.

Sound Operator

A Sound Operator (radio, television and film) is responsible for recording the sound tracks for productions and the broadcast thereof. A Sound Operator generally works on television productions (for live news and sports coverage, soaps etc) or for radio.

Sound Technician

A Sound Technician’s main job is to ensure that the sound for a live or recorded session is as clear and as perfect as possible. Sound Technicians can work on television, radio, film or video productions, or stage performances.

Special Effects Artist

Special Effects (FX) Artists are responsible for the creation of effects that will enhance the feel, emotion or setting of a particular production. They work in the theatre, television and/or the movie industry. A Special Effects Artist is a very creative person who creates realistic scenes using a broad variety of mediums.

Sports Commentator / Announcer

A Sports Commentator/Announcer is a person who works at a radio station or in television and will give a live running commentary of a sports event, like soccer cricket, rugby, horse racing etc.

Stage Manager

A Stage Manager’s number one job is people management. It is their role to organise all aspects of a theatre production for the successful delivery of the show.

Stage Theatre Technician

A Stage or Theatrical Technician (known as techie) is a person who operates technical equipment and systems in the entertainment industry eg: theatres, stadiums etc. This position may be volunteer or a paid position.

Stained Glass Artist

Plate and window glass are very popular and are used by Stained Glass Artists, who create designs for art object made of glass, such as windows (often found in churches), bottles, bulbs, dishes and lampshades, etc.

Stunt Person

A Stunt Person is an individual (man or woman) who replaces an actor during a dangerous or extremely athletic scene. Their job is to replace the actor because they are more skilled at performing the task safely than the actor who may not be able to perform the task at all.

Tattoo Artist

Tattooing has been practiced by many cultures dating back to 200 BC.
There are two types of tattoo artists: professional and amateur. The professional has a tattoo license and is very safe to go to.

Television Director

A Television Director plans and co-ordinates various aspects of television production, such as selecting scripts, co-ordinating writing, directing, editing and arranging financing.

Television Presenter

TV Presenters are the ‘faces of tv’ and are regularly seen in a variety of programmes, or between programmes.

Television Producer

A TV Producer’s job is to plan and organise all aspects of a television production. They need to know exactly what the audience wants. Plus, the better the quality the programme – the more advertisers will be interested which means the more they can charge advertising agencies to air their ads.

Textile Designer

Textile Designers develop and design manufactured products, such as clothing (textiles). Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

Theatre Technician

A Theatre Technician is responsible for the smooth running of theatrical performances as far as technical aspects are
concerned. You will work in a team managed by a stage manager.

Translator

If you have a love of languages and a flair for linguistics then a career as a Translator might interest you. Translators put written, oral or sign language text into one or more languages, keeping the message the same.

Typesetter

A Typesetter is a kind of typist. The job of a Typesetter is to ‘set’ type for newspapers and other publications, like books, magazines etc using computerised systems.

Usher

If you enjoy working with people and providing a good client service, working as an Usher may be a job well suited to you. Ushers help those in attendance at entertainment and sporting events in theatres and stadiums.