How to become a Children's Entertainer
- Price: £5.99
- Published: May 2016
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Children's entertainers provide a wide variety of entertainment including magic shows, puppet shows, discos, face painting, balloon artistry, ventriloquist and comedy acts, circus acts, tribute and look-alike acts, clowning and short theatrical shows.
Entertainers are booked to perform at children's parties, nursery events, summer festivals and fêtes and other celebrations such as weddings. Some children's entertainers also generate income by running school holiday workshops and courses for children, for example in magic skills or puppetry, while others are booked for longer contracts by holiday camps and parks, cross-channel ferry companies and cruise ships.
Some children's entertainers secure their own bookings from a wide range of clients including parents, wedding planners and event organisers, but many use the services of an entertainment agency, which receives a commission for every booking made on behalf of the entertainer.
This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a children's entertainer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.