Wales is making a name for itself by producing high profile TV shows including Casualty and Doctor Who. BBC Wales and S4C employ more than 1,800 people in Wales. (Trade and Invest Wales, 2015)

Wales produces high profile musicians and singers, hosts the Musical Eisteddfod, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, the Brecon Jazz Festival, and is home to the Welsh National Opera.

What are the jobs? What are the skills you need? Where can you find courses?
Where would you look for jobs in Performing Arts?

4% of the Performing Arts jobs in the UK are here in Wales
(Welsh Government, 2015)

77% of Camera/Photography occupations work on a freelance self-employed basis in the UK
(Creative skillset, 2014)

Around 1000 Actor, Entertainer and Presenter jobs were in Wales between 2015 and 2016
(EMSI, 2016)


There is going to be a lot of competition to get into Performing Arts careers as it is a popular career choice and a small industry in Wales.

So you will need to have the ability to bounce back from rejection. You will need to be determined and persistent to keep on applying for jobs. Alongside that you will need to have the right skills and talent for the job you are interested in.


Being flexibleand hardworking are very important in Performing Arts.

Also . . .

For jobs in the spotlight you’ll need to have:

  • Talent
  • Commitment

For jobs behind the scenes you’ll need to have:

  • Technical skills specific for the job
  • Have the right attitude
  • Get the right qualifications

Other skills needed in Performing Arts are leadership
and management skills, and customer service.

“Work hard, turn up on time and care about doing a good job"
(Bryan Raven, White Light, in Creative and Cultural Skills, 2016)

“It doesn’t matter whose job it is. If it needs doing just do it."
(Bryan Raven, White Light,
in Creative and Cultural Skills, 2016)


School and College

You can take courses in Performing Arts at school or college.

Courses like:

  • Level 1 Diploma Interactive Media - Exploring the Creative Arts and Media Sectors
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Dance
  • Level 2 Media Technical Diploma
  • A/AS Level Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma Creative Media Production
  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Music
  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance, Acting or Musical Theatre)


Creative and Digital Media Apprenticeships are sometimes available.

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Higher Education

  • BA (Hons) Acting
  • BMus (Hons) Music
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts
  • BA (Hons) Stage Management  & Technical Theatre
  • MA Acting for Stage, Screen and Radio
  • MA Musical Theatre
  • MA Opera Performance

Find a HE course

Around 30%
of Performing Arts graduates in the UK are working within Arts, Design and Media within 6 months of graduating.
(What do graduates do? HESCU, 2015)

Get Networking!

Networking and word of mouth are particularly important for careers in Performing Arts. Get to know other people and businesses, face-to-face, and through social media. Build your network of contacts to sell yourself and your ideas.

Over half (56%)
of the creative media workforce found their current jobs through informal networks
in the UK
(Creative Skillset, 2014)

Get Experience!

Get as much work experience as you can.

Consider self-employment

In order to get into your chosen career in Performing Arts you may need to become self-employed. Music, performing, and visual arts have the highest proportion of self-employed jobs. More than 7 out of 10 jobs are self-employed.
(Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2014)

67% of people working in audio/sound and music occupations work freelance in the UK (Creative Skillset, 2014)

In Wales around 1/2 of the people working in creative media industries have done unpaid work
(Creative Skillset, 2014)

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