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There’s No Business Like Show Business


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Irving Berlin’s classic song, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” remains one of the most significant opening lines to any music ever composed, mainly when performed by Ethel Merman and given such a spectacular vocal treatment as in the 1954 musical film version.

The Definition

The entertainment industry of show business includes movies and television shows, popular music videos, theater performances, dance recitals, etc. Showbiz workers include those in Hollywood; my little brother has taken tap and singing lessons in hopes that he may become part of it himself!

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The Work

Show business is like any other industry: everyone strives to make money. For producers, directors, and studios that put on shows, this means making a profit through good productions; actors and other performers need only demonstrate they can thrive within this environment to see financial gains from performing.

People work tirelessly to ensure a show runs smoothly behind the scenes, from lighting and costume design to cinematography, sound recording, and graphics. Most start their careers studying at either a university, trade school, or technical college.

Artists looking to break into the industry may benefit from enrolling in an undergraduate theatre or arts and entertainment management degree program.

The Careers

Show business can be an exhilarating career, yet its cutthroat competition among talented and beautiful performers vying for limited deals and dollars can be exhausting and tiring.

People working in this industry can choose from various careers, including actors and actresses, producers, directors, writers, musicians, and others who operate behind the scenes. Furthermore, individuals may pursue education in acting, directing, or music.

Another alternative is becoming a talent agent. Talent agents keep tabs on Broadway and Hollywood productions that may suit their clients, sending auditions. Furthermore, talent agents assist their clients with managing all aspects of their show business career, such as booking gigs and negotiating contracts.