Profession variety artist

Variety artists are multi-disciplinary artists who master in at least two of the following disciplines: comedy, dance, singing, circus arts, object manipulation and illusionism. They perform solo or collectively, may appear in music variety shows, cabaret, musicals and other entertainment events. Their artistic performance is characterised by the blending of arts, styles and disciplines.  

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Skills

  • Memorise lines

    Memorise your role in a performance or broadcast, whether it is text, movement, or music.

  • Cope with stage fright

    Deal with conditions that cause stage fright, such as time limits, the audience and stress.

  • Select music for performance

    Select pieces of music for a live performance. Consider factors such as ensemble abilities, availability of scores and the need for musical variety.

  • Perform live

    Perform in front of live audiences.

  • Work independently as an artist

    Develop one's own ways of doing artistic performances, motivating oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Study roles from scripts

    Study and rehearse roles from scripts; interpret, learn and memorise lines, stunts, and cues as directed.

  • Accept feedback on artistic performance

    Accept feedback, proposed discussions and avenues of exploration about the precision of movements, rhythm, musicality, precision of the performance, interaction with peers and stage elements, areas requiring improvement. Take feedback into account to develop the potential as performer. Note the choreographers/repetiteur/dance master instructions, the instructions of other collaborators (dramaturge, performers/dancers peers, musicians, etc.) assuring being in the same page with direction team.

  • Interact with an audience

    Convey the artistic values of the art form(s). Respond to the reactions of your audience and involve them.

  • Create an act

    Create an act to perform, using singing, dancing, acting, or all of them together.

Optional knowledge and skills

musical genres train animals follow time cues perform stunts perform for young audiences develop educational resources manage performance light quality develop magic show concepts meet deadlines match venues with performers act for an audience sing engage the audience emotionally play musical instruments perform music solo manipulate object to create illusions dance