143-Creative and performing artists not elsewhere classified

Job Title: 

Creative and performing artists not elsewhere classified

Job Description: 

Create and perform in front of crowds to entertain using a variety of methods, techniques and practices.


Creative and performing artists cover occupations not covered under creative and performing artists. For instance, it includes clowns, magicians, acrobats and other performing artists. They study human behaviour and reactions and explore ways of communicating information through performance, with the aim of entertaining. They create and develop concepts and ideas and express them through various forms whether physical, equipment/material/substance, visual, sound, touch, smell, taste, colour or other to achieve an effect on people. They typically plan, organize, conduct and improvise to achieve such and may deploy an array of sound technical skills to achieve the objective.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • performing amusing antics and telling funny stories
  • performing tricks of illusion and sleight of hand, and feats of hypnotism
  • performing difficult and spectacular acrobatics, and gymnastic or juggling feats
  • training and performing with animals

Higher specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Advanced knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Higher knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Broad knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Broad knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, management information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and produce recommendations and/ or relevant options
  • Manage higher level relationships and organize related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Higher skills and experience in broad based policy analysis, formulation and research, plus planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop concepts and convey strategic suggestions from the spectrum of development experience
  • Broad level negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support broad-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex predictable and new contexts problems
  • Communicate with effect, and a proven record of developing and maintaining active partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed higher oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively control risks associated with change, as well observe ethical standards related to complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed broad organizational skills, including the ability to organize priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Typically, work irregular hours. May work very long hours to rehearse and/or conduct creative performance, meeting particular client deadlines, or entertaining small or large crowds at evenings or weekends. May work with a range of mediums, which can in some instances be hazardous, dangerous, spectacular or toxic if not handled correctly. May also, hold another job or jobs, to supplement income whilst seeking discovery or recognition in terms of capacity to earn sufficient long-term income to live. Usually perform in front of crowds in a variety of environments from indoor to outdoor and in some instances in-situ or outdoors in a range of weather conditions to create the performance. Also, rehearsing working from home or conducive practice environments is common. They may work with no pay, part pay or full pay dependent on the source of employment, which can range from busking to paid employment. To gain inspiration or materials or performance intelligence may need to travel locally, nationally and internationally.


    Secondary School Certificate is typical and is dependent on the performing craft, where in some case higher qualifications may be needed for entry into paid employment. However, as many start out in unpaid employment a credential pathway may often be to undertake specific courses and qualifications through a related occupational association - e.g. Clowns of America, International offers courses and certification.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Ministry of Culture, Youth & Community Development, Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Cultural,

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Acrobat - Aerialist - Clown - Hypnotist - Magician - Puppeteer - Stand-up comedian - Ventriloquist
    Examples of some related occupations:
    High-wire walker - Illusionist - Impersonator - Juggler - Look-alike - Marionette handler - Mascot - Mimic - Model - Prestidigitator - Rodeo driver - Show horse rider - Slack-rope performer ? entertainment - Sleight-of-hand artist - Street entertainer - Stunt performer - Stunt rider - Thrill performer - Trapeze artist - Turntablist

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Arts, entertainment, multimedia and ITC applications
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi