• July 17, 2024

Why It’s Better for an Entertainer to Be a Jack-of-All-Trades

Being an entertainer is a draining and time-consuming job as it is: so why do some performers take on more work by putting on more than one hat in showbiz?  Whether your main activity is as a singer, comedian, or actor: it’s extremely useful to have more than one skill.

These are the top reasons it’s useful to be a jack-of-all-trades and why so many are the top performers we know.

What is a Jack-of-All-Trades Performer?

A jack-of-all-trades is an extremely sought-after performer in today’s market.  Not only is it useful to have more than one skill for marketing, but it’s also great to have more ways to entertain and excite when you’re performing.

Jack-of-all-trades, also called triple threats, or polymaths, like magician and singer Adam Wylie, are capable of many skills and can use any of them interchangeably.  This can mean a singer who can also play an instrument and dance, or an actor who can carry a tune and do either theater or serious shows.  It’s an extremely useful skill to have.

You Never Get Bored

The best thing about being a jack-of-all-trades is that you’ll never get bored!  Not only do you have to train and hone your skills over time, but you also get a large assortment of different jobs and performances that you get to do.  This ensures that you never have to worry about downtime or wonder what you should do next.

You’re Flexible With Jobs

If there’s one thing, it’s good to be when you’re a performer: it’s flexible.  This is especially true when it comes to performers just starting out because they need the extra jobs to be able to afford to live.  

The more flexible you are with what type of work you take on, the more capable you’ll be when it comes to new challenging roles and exciting changes.

You Can Do a Multi-Talent Performance

Shows are getting more and more expensive, so if you can offer a performance unlike any other: you’re golden.  As a jack-of-all-trades, you should be able to mix and pair together different types of performances until you make a show unlike any other.  You might capture lightning in a bottle doing this as Bo Burnham did with the moody comedy-music album Inside.

It’s Easier to Market Your Skills

The more marketable you are, the faster you’ll get a career in the industry.  This doesn’t mean you have to sell out or do things you hate, but instead that you’ll have skills that will make more people want to interact and get to know what you do.  The more marketable you are, the more often you’ll get booked, and the better paying your jobs will get.  There’s nothing wrong with making sure that your talents pay off; after all: living off of your skills is the dream for many performers.

There’s No Reason Work Should be Boring!

Whether you’re navigating your first big break or you’re trying to figure out a way to get more out of working in the industry: being a jack-of-all-trades is the best thing a performer can do for their career.

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