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Arts & Performance: Tips for Applications

Arts & Performance

Tips for Applying

How to get work in this sector

Useful Skills for the Arts Sector

There are a large number of jobs in this sector, requiring a wide range of different skills

  • Presentation and performance skills
  • Awareness of media law and regulations
  • Motivation and enthusiasm
  • Ability to network
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Eye for detail

Depending on what area you go into, you may find yourself self-employed. For this you will need to be

  • Adaptable
  • Able to manage your time and money
  • Self-motivated
  • Willing to take risks


In this field, who you know can be vitally important in what jobs you get. Here's some information about expanding your networks

CVs and Applications


Networking Tips

Ian Sharman, Editor at Orang Utan Comics, gives tips to artists look look for work. His advice is:

1. Do research on a company so that you apply to people with similar interests to you

2. Make sure you're polite, friendly and positive

3. Don't take up too much of people's time

4. Thank people for their time

4. If you get a business card follow it up afterwards, don't wait to be contacted

Describing Your Skills

Clear examples can help interviewers see why they should hire you.

You can use the STAR Method to answer competency-based questions

Situation What happened

Task What you did about it

Action  What steps you took to solve the problem

Result How it helped

It can help to link this back to how you can use these skills in the role you are applying for