Best supplemental jobs for musical theater performers

Best supplemental jobs for musical theater performers

OK, so you've made the commitment to your performing career, and you're getting out now and then on auditions and gigs. You're officially in the gray area where things are moving in the right direction but you're not making enough money yet to fully support your living expenses. Congratulations! The gray area is a great place to be, it's a place that many people don't ever get to! However, it is a challenge in that you can no longer "fall back" on a full time day job. You need the flexibility to be able to take last minute auditions and work around an odd performance schedule. From this point forward, you will probably need to piece together 1-3 other sources of income in order to make the rent. Ironically, performers are notorious for their tendency toward right-brained thinking (a.k.a. "disorganization"), so in order to keep 1-3 jobs in good standing you'll need to pull from deep inside yourself and find some left-brain organizational skills to keep things on track. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Entrepreneurship for musical theatre performers

Entrepreneurship for musical theatre performers

If you’re looking for a way to support your performing career, make additional income, and continue developing yourself as a musical theater artist along the way, entrepreneurship could be perfect for you. Starting a business usually comes easily to performers, since we're used to selling ourselves, thinking creatively, self-motivating, and creating job opportunities in out-of-the-box ways. Business ownership is usually a flexible type of work, especially if you've chosen an online business rather than a brick-and-mortar, because you'll be able to make your own hours around performing gigs and get work done whenever it's best for you. 

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Teaching as supplemental income for musical theatre performers

Teaching as supplemental income for musical theatre performers

If you're looking for a way to support your performing career, make additional income, and continue developing yourself as a musical theater artist along the way, teaching could be perfect for you. Although it takes more effort to initially arrange than waiting tables, teaching will give back significantly more to your performance career and will create a great synergistic relationship that connects all the work you're doing. It allows you to stay within the theater community, network for potential performing opportunities, it will position you as somewhat of an "expert" in your field which never hurts, and best of all, the old saying is absolutely true: the best way to learn a skill is to teach it.

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Have you heard of the actors fund?

Have you heard of the actors fund?

Friends, have you heard of the Actors Fund? It's amazing. A nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882, the Actors Fund serves all professionals - and not just actors! - in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance through programs that address their unique and essential career needs.  Employment in any division of the performing arts and entertainment industry is unpredictable.  The life of an entertainment professional is very similar to any worker or independent contractor that moves from job to job to make their living.  Work is erratic, security is fleeting and health insurance is often just a dream.  For all of these reasons and many more, The Actors Fund offers services in housing, health care, social services, career guidance, training and more.

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