Entertaining is a broad form of social activity which holds an audience’s interest and attention. It may be a commercial idea or an artistic project, but tends to be either one of these things or more specifically for the exclusive purpose of maintaining an audience’s interest. Entertainers are people who put on shows or perform, and the entertainment provided by such acts or shows tend to focus on what the entertainer or show is trying to achieve through its presentation. The goals of entertainment are varied and depend on the type of entertainment you are putting on, whether it’s for fun entertainment, education, or for another. Here we will discuss the different types of entertainments as well as some related terms.
Entertainment can take many forms, from theatrical plays to music concerts and performances, from fashion shows to grand opening events and even from lectures to corporate training courses, but all forms of entertainment, however broad or specific the term may be, typically fall under at least one major heading. These heading are usually called systems. The most common type of entertainment event or show is a theatrical production. Such shows may be long running shows with many performers or a single act or a series of acts, or may be part of a larger event like a film festival. A performance by a live orchestra or group of musicians, for instance, would be considered a theatre production.
Live entertainment also falls under this system, but instead of being staged in a theater, it occurs in a location that allows the entertainer to perform without an audience. For example, a rock band may play a gig at a bar or nightclub, a string quartet might play a concert at a wedding reception hall, or an opera might perform in a closed-door recital room. Other examples of live entertainment are street performers, street musicians, or street entertainers who perform to attract customers or passersby on the streets, such as jugglers, clowns, or fire mouth artists. In a way, live entertainment offers the distinct advantage of allowing the entertainer to perform in places where tickets are generally not sold and can therefore offer an unobstructed view of the performer. For this reason, live entertainment has become extremely popular among new artists and bands who are trying to gain some popularity and stardom as soon as possible, and this has been reflected in the growth of live music festivals and concerts, such as the ones that are held internationally every year.
Entertainers who perform in a variety of venues also fall under this system. Different forms of entertainment received and given include: home entertainment, business entertainment, corporate entertainment, traveling entertainment, corporate gifts, and corporate hospitality. As the name suggests, home entertainment is given to employees on company time or at work. Business entertainment is given to business associates and potential clients for their use when attending a business meeting, trade show, or convention. Corporate hospitality is given to guests when entertaining business associates on their company time, whether they make a purchase or just to say hi.
A mass media entertainment industry is made up of various types of performances, theatres, dance halls, opera theatres, corporate parties, and more. The term “mass media” generally refers to any type of performance art that reaches a wide audience. The performance art industry is composed of many different types of businesses, but one of the most dominant industries is the live entertainment industry.
The live entertainment industry is often used as an outlet for a performer’s creativity. Shows like “American Idol,” “The X-Files,” and “The Sopranos” are prime examples of how entertainment can be given to an audience, as is the case with musical acts. Other examples of mass media entertainment include: weddings, birthdays, corporate parties, rock concerts, fashion shows, grand openings, and much more. Performing arts, and the many ways they can be given to an audience, are the backbone of what makes the entertainment industry what it is today.