If you are contemplating a career in the performing arts or have already begun one, you should be aware of some basic facts about the performing arts as an industry. This is true of anyone who is interested in a career in a particular area. You need to know how your chosen industry functions. It would be no different if you had a passion for steelmaking, for example. Every aspiring steelmaker should understand that the steel industry is capital-intensive (that is, it requires a great deal of money to produce its products), highly concentrated (with a few large companies), noisy and dirty, technologically mature, ...

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