Street Performer

Win over street crowds with a unique performance to earn your wages.
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What do Street Performers do?

William Shakespeare famously quipped, “All the world’s a stage.” To a Street Performer — someone who performs in public places in exchange for gratuities — those words ring especially true, as the world really is their stage, literally, and they’re the star.

When you’re a Street Performer, you have a special talent, and you’ve got dreams of making it big in show business. To make money in the meantime, however, you’re taking it to the streets.

Also known as a Busker, you’re following in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté — all of who began their careers as Street Performers. You delight in entertaining everyday folks in everyday places. You might be a Singer, Musician, Magician, Mime, Poet, Comedian, Dancer, or Circus Performer (for example, a Clown, Juggler, Fire Eater, or Sword Swallower). Always, however, you spend your days outside, doing what you do for passersby on street corners and sidewalks.

Of course, successful busking requires more than talent; it also requires the right wardrobe, schedule, and location. That is, you need to dress for the weather, and should look like a performer instead of a beggar. You need to determine if tips flow more freely in the morning, at noon, or at night. And you need to find out if people are more generous in the subway, the park, or in front of a busy store. When you’re not performing, therefore, you’re strategizing.

Thanks to you, a street is more than a way to get from “here” to “there”; it’s also a great place to be entertained, awed, and inspired!

Should I be a Street Performer?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Busker, Circus Performer, Marionette Performer, Movie Stunt Performer, Performer, Trapeze Performer See More

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