Volunteer or Hand for Entertainment and Events
Have you ever helped one of your friends throw a party on a Friday night that everyone was still talking about on Monday morning? Do you enjoy planning events, meeting new people, and making sure that everyone is having a great time? If this sounds like you, then you should think about working for a local entertainment and events planner.
Concerts, parades, festivals and fundraisers don’t just come together overnight; they are the products of careful preparation and execution on behalf of an experienced team of event planners. These planners manage dozens of different people working in various positions, from cashiers at the ticket box to coordinators behind the scenes. Planners need employees that are willing to work hard and be a part of a team in order to make sure that every event is a success.
There are a wide variety of venues that fall into the entertainment and events category. Some of these venues include:
1) Charity events. These events are held to raise money for a specific charitable purpose. Common health-related charity events include 5K runs to raise breast cancer awareness like Komen’s Race for the Cure, as well as the Relay for Life events that are held by the American Cancer Society. These events are held to allow cancer survivors as well as families affected by cancer to come together by participating in activities to raise money and awareness. Other charitable events may include pledge drives for community fire departments, or fundraisers for a local family in need.
2) Festivals. Many towns and cities around the world take part in hosting several festivals throughout the year. Whether it’s the Fourth of July or the Christmas parade, every event needs workers to help carry them out professionally. Parking attendants, trash collectors, event coordinators and sufficient security are all vital to making sure that events run smoothly this day in age. And since festival positions aren’t year-round, planners are always looking to hire fresh faces for upcoming events.
3) Concerts. A growing trend with many communities today is hosting concerts, especially those that are held outdoors. Concerts are a great way to bring in revenue to the local community while hosting an entertaining and engaging event. Several things have to happen to successfully pull off a concert. Spreading the word, selling tickets, supplying refreshments and making sure the speakers are turned up to eleven are all necessary tasks to ensure that any outdoor concert is a hit.
So do you think you have what it takes to work in the entertainment and events industry? You’ll have the opportunity to meet new people, work with your local community, and help pull off spectacular events by working with a team of dedicated individuals just like you. So go ahead, be a part of something bigger than yourself. Contact your local chamber of commerce, county clerk’s office, or search online to find out about entertainment and events near you today.
Job Summary: Entertainment and events
- Suitable for age range: 16+ years old.
- Safety and security: Safety risks include dealing with large crowds of people, working with the general public, and potential weather-related risks for outside entertainment and events.
- Can improve your: Social skills, problem-solving abilities, and event planning skills.
- Can continue as a career? Getting your foot in the door of a successful entertainment and event planning company can lead to a great career in the future. Many companies that specialize in big-name venues prefer to hire employees from within the company that have worked their way through the ranks.
- Required soft skills: Ability to communicate clear messages to the general public, ability to speak to large crowds, and to be comfortable around large groups of people.
- Required hard skills: Ability to perform tasks on your own in response to unforeseen events that are inevitable at large events. May also be required to have a basic understanding of various hand tools to assemble and disassemble signs, booths and event props. A driver’s license may also be required to help move event supplies to and from the site.
- Resources and network:
o Relay For Life: Get involved today.
o Venues Today Classifieds: Job listings within the sports, entertainment, facilities and meetings industries
- Where & how to find one? The best way to scout out a job working in the entertainment and events industry is to keep an eye on the local market. Check advertising in newspapers, local magazines, and search online to find lists of upcoming events in your area. You can also check with your local city and county officials, since permits are required for events in most areas.
- Estimated pay: Most event planners will only pay around minimum wage for new hires that may be working booths, parking lots and tearing tickets, however the experience you gain at the first event you work could help you land a better job at the next venue. Working your way up is an integral part of making it in the entertainment and events industry.