National Study by Audition Inside Finds 12% of Artists & Performers are Unemployed

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Artists and performers are facing challenges trying to break into their industry. Study finds at least 70% of artists do not know how to search for work in their industry and are having a hard time finding steady work

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Finding work in the performing, visual, and literary arts is challenging for new artists and performers

Approximately 12% of artists and performers are unemployed, according to a national study released by Audition Inside. The study’s finding was released shortly after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there are 243,000 unemployed artists and performers in the United States.

According to Dr. Ruby A. Rouse, the study’s principle researcher, this trend is likely to continue since 71% of the artists and performers in the study said they are uncertain or do not know how to search for work opportunities in their field.

The 216 artists and performers in Casting Call: An Analysis of the Job Search Challenges of “Starving Artists” also reported:

  •     80% have difficulty finding good paying jobs
  •     80% have difficulty finding steady work as an artist/performer

“Finding work in the performing, visual, and literary arts is challenging for new artists and performers,” Zachary Miller, owner of Audition Inside, said. “The good jobs are hard to locate. And if you don’t toss your hat in the ring quickly, work opportunities are lost.”

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Practically everyone in the study (99%) said they would like to locate more work in their field, Rouse said. “But artists and performers reported traditional job search strategies (e.g., word-of-mouth, classified ads, social media) are difficult and time consuming.” To work efficiently, Rouse recommended using job search websites that understand the unique needs of artists and performers.

About Audition Inside
Audition Inside, based in Orlando, Florida, is a web portal that provides a national audition search service to artists looking for new jobs. Employers seeking talent use Audition Inside’s website to advertise their niche arts jobs to artists, dancers, theme park performers, musicians, etc.

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