Career Choice

ENTERTAINMENT

Kareem LaTouche, Youthlink Coordinator

In this Sunday, January 27, 2019 photo, Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts and Playhouse artistic director, Ronald Allan-Lindblom (left), talks with playwright Tim Hotchner (centre) and Joe Christopher, vice-president of theatre at RWS Entertainment Group, before a dress rehearsal of the stage adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in Pittsburgh. The stage version was written by Hotchner and his father, journalist and playwright A.E. Hotchner, Hemingway’s confidant and fishing companion in Cuba during the period in which the novella was written.

WHO IS AN ENTERTAINMENT COORDINATOR?

As an entertainment coordinator, your job might involve planning activities and events that appeal to various audiences, from children’s plays to reggae concerts.
Entertainment coordinators are known to plan and organise diverse events that are age-appropriate for a specific target audience and see that they run smoothly.

WHAT THE WORK INVOLVES?

A typical day for an entertainment coordinator may involve:

• Participating in planning meetings.
• Planning entertainment events.
• Locating and contracting entertainment acts.
• Creating, managing and reviewing an entertainment budget.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Supervising other staff members, depending on your level.
• Evaluating entertainment performances.
• Socialising with event participants.
• Conducting and participating in all activities.
• Developing new entertainment ideas.
• Enforcing all health and safety policies and procedures.
• If in tourism and hospitality, in some cases planning guest weddings and standing in as a witness.
• Being responsible for the upkeep and decorations at the location.

With this job you can expect a lot of fun and excitement, but be prepared for the long working hours, as you have to attend meetings, rehearsals and the event itself. This is not a desk job.

WHO IS THIS CAREER FOR?

Are you young (‘ish’ or at heart), energetic, sociable, people-loving and with great organisational skills – somewhat of a jack of all trades? Physical fitness is a must in order to effectively perform the tasks and maintain the energy levels needed for this position. As an entertainment coordinator, desk time will be limited and work will most likely have you on your feet for many hours at a time. Having the ability to work with diverse populations and great communication skills are important. Being tech savvy and having problem-solving skills are also key, as well as being able to relay information from upper management to employees effectively.

WHAT CAN I EARN?

You can earn a medium-level salary in this position, but salary varies in different businesses.

HOW DO I QUALIFY?

There are many short courses and associate degree programmes available. Degree programmes in tourism and hospitality, communications or public relations are also include this option.

WHO OFFERS TRAINING IN JAMAICA?

• University of the West Indies
• The University of Technology
• University of the Commonwealth Caribbean
• Vocational Training Development Institute
• Excelsior Community College

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