There is something incredible about being in front of an audience. The roar of an echoing applause, the smiles and of course, the possible financial gain are all reasons to consider becoming a full-time, professional entertainer. Before injecting retorts of non-qualification and insecurity, consider that there are perhaps many different options and forms of assistance for those considering pursuing the life of an entertainer.
The first lifestyle that I want to draw attention towards is that of a comedian. Consider all of the many possibilities for the lifestyle routines of a professional comic, ranging from the traditional stand-up approach, to improve and eventually television, movies and books. Stand up comedy is many things to many people and it is certainly, like other art, not often the same thing to two separate people. We each interpret the meaning, boundaries and aesthetics of comedy for ourselves, but being on the microphone side of the equation can give you the great and rare opportunity to entertain, but also get some cathartic perspectives shared with a public crowd and receive their feedback.
If comedy isn’t for you, perhaps entertaining children is more ‘you’. In the world of child entertainment, the goal is to create smiles on faces. In so far as that is accomplished, films get green-lit. The same goes for books, stuffed-animals, puppet shows, magic shows and more. If it involves fun and creating smiles on the faces of the young among us, you’ve found a sweet spot that will probably never fade in need for any civil society.
Being a clown or a professional juggler might sound too hard for you and if so, I can’t blame you. Those are difficult pursuits. That being said, perhaps you want to find something involving a bit less commitment that might also have a lower skill bar to clear. My advice for you is to purchase a cheap acoustic guitar (if you don’t have one already), get familiar with a few simple chords and songs played with those simple chords and then you’re ready to perform. ‘Busking’ is the act of performing impromptu shows in public, usually on sidewalks and street corners in exchange for attention, applause and hopefully tips.
Busking may work with many types of art as well. Consider trying to do pubic martial arts (in a peaceful way), hoola-hooping, gymnastics and more. Anything that is impressive to behold with one’s senses, is also impressive for others to behold. So, with that perspective in mind, perhaps consider how you can be a source of entertainment to others and how it might wind up being a full-time income source for you as well.