Looking to learn more about art, culture and entertainment?
You’re in the right place! In this introduction guide I’ll answer common questions like:
- What is culture and entertainment?
- How has the field evolved overt time?
- What are the best places to learn more about art, culture and entertainment?
- Is it possible to get a job or start a business in the field?
Beginners guide to arts, culture and entertainment
Culture is the mass result of the experiences, verbal and written languages, and all the materials and resources of a group of people (living in a community) combined to form an identity that is recognizable.
People who belong to this culture will desire to express their identity through modes of entertainment which can be as kinetic as singing and dancing, and as static as books, paintings, sculptures and sketches.
The evolution of a culture
It has been analyzed, based on archeological data, that human beings have had the capacity for cumulative culture somewhere around 50,000 years ago. This ability arose with the evolution of behavioral modernity wherein humans started to cultivate a particular level of sophistication in arts, industry, communication and the way they interact with each other.
This type of cultivated behavior is said to have started in Africa, particularly Kenya where the earliest evidences of long distance trade networks, advanced tools and pigments used in ceremonies were discovered. This was the start when humans decided that they had to uplift themselves from the basic essentials which define survival, into more sophisticated methods and gear that made them degrees higher than other species.
Commerce evolved and entrepreneurship ensued. A few made it big in business or were entrenched in royalty, making them the upper class. Many were transformed into artisans or professionals who specialized in specific skills. They became the middle class. And a lot became laborers, farm toilers or workers who didn’t have special skills or didn’t earn a lot. They became the lower classes.
Culture has been utilized in this context to distinguish civilized society through a hierarchical perspective. The social elite, or the upper class, acquired their entertainment through the opera, the ballet or when they became patrons of talented painters, sculptors and musicians who played solely for them in their royal courts, their mansions or their plantations. Their clothes were custom-made and usually elaborate.
The middle class was and up to now, caught in between. Whenever there is some affordability, they splurge on the luxuries of the rich occasionally, and they also enjoy the so-called mass entertainment of the masses.
The low class or the vast majority of the people entertain themselves through their own gatherings in their communities wherein they don’t have to spend so much.
With cheap liquor on hand, they could simply strum their financial worries away with a guitar, and they would construct their own songs which up to now, are being sung by generations that came after them.
They made their own clothes, cooked their own food and were basically hardy people who knew and experienced the worst of times.
There is no clear line between culture and entertainement
Whereas in the previous centuries, some forms of cultural entertainment were the sole domain of the rich, and they had the privilege of witnessing these enriching high culture forms on a regular basis, today it’s an entirely different scenario.
The advent of radio, then free TV, cable TV and then the internet, and digital social media leveraged the opportunities of both the middle class and the lower class to enjoy and benefit also from witnessing and experiencing high culture presentations and events.
There are even lots of instances wherein youth coming from the middle and lower classes who have exhibited extraordinarily talent in music, dance, performing arts, and the visual arts have crossed the bridge from their own social classes into these domains through the privilege of scholarships and special grants.
What’s more, many cities and communities with considerable public budgets sponsor and create their own cultural institutions like museums, performing halls and even sponsor lessons for training in the performing and visual arts for promising youth coming from the working class.
Careers in culture and entertainemnt
There are many diverse careers and professions that can be entered into by individuals who are considered right brained. They are people who are creative and artistic, so their inclinations and passions are best exerted productively into culture and entertainment. Below are just a few of the jobs available and their prospects in the medium term :
- Museum Curator. The median salary is nearly $54,000 and it is projected to grow by 10 percent in the next 10 years. This person maintains a gallery’s art collection.
- Craft and Fine Artist. Earns a median salary of more than $65,000 and the demand for this work is expected to grow by 2 percent in the next 10 years. This individual creates work of art using a medium.
- Choreographer. $23.86 per hour. This line of work is projected to grow by 1 percent in the next 10 years. Work involves creating dance sequences.
- Actor. $17.54 per hour. This person portrays different characters in movies, TV shows and plays. This profession will grow by 1 percent in the next 10 years.
- Music Director or Composer. Earns a median salary of nearly $50,000. Manages music ensembles or creates/rearranges music pieces. Demand will grow by 1 percent in the next 10 years.
A life cut out in culture and entertainment is rewarding and enriching for the individual who pursues his or her passion. There will ways be a need for anyone like you who is creative and artistic because culture and entertainment will always be integral parts of our identity as human beings.