What does a Cabaret Artist do?

Cabaret is a form of theatrical entertainment which features music, dance, song and/or drama. A Cabaret Artist is someone who creates a performance for an audience using one or several of these methods. The sky's the limit with a cabaret act. You can create a cabaret performance about absolutely anything. 

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What are the main responsibilities of a Cabaret Artist?

  • Entertain an audience with a performance which includes either music, dance, song or drama or a combination of all
  • Able to command an audience with your presence and performance
  • Write or devise your own ideas, dialogue, lyrics and sometimes music

What qualifications do I need to be a Cabaret Artist?

There are no formal qualifications required to become a successful Cabaret Artist, however any formal qualifications in performing arts would benefit you and develop your skill set.

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What skills do I need to be a Cabaret Artist?

  • Confidence
  • Self promotion - most Cabaret Artists do not have an Agent and often find their own work. You must be capable to promote yourself within the industry to gain work
  • Ability to sing, dance and act to a good level
  • Some Cabaret Artists make their own costumes 

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What does a career as a Cabaret Artist look like?

A career in cabaret can begin at almost any level with or without a qualification or experience, however this would better your chances of being hired. You can first gain work in group acts and performances develop or create your own solo performance from that. The more performances you do and varied acts you have you will gain a name for yourself and be well known within the cabaret section of the creative industry. You could also be a tribute act or create your own character for a performance/act. 

How much does a Cabaret Artist earn? 

Payment varies depending on location and venue. Some performances are a set fee and some are relevant depending on how many people attend the event. 

You can also search for performance roles using The Stage Jobs website here.



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Published: 23 October 2019

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