Entertainer is a profession that many young people associate with fun, vacations, exotic locations, and easy conquests. Although there is some truth in this, it should not be forgotten that being an animator is a hard and demanding profession. In any case, it can be an interesting experience for a few years of your life, since it is not possible to make it a permanent job, both because of the nature of the work and because the agencies select people up to 30/35 years old.
In all tourist places it is difficult for the fun to start spontaneously, so the animator must organize, think, plan and create the emotional conditions for the fun to take place. He must be a catalyst.
The animator takes care of the entertainment and the fun of the guest. Animators work wherever there are tourists: Hotels, cruise ships, resorts, etc.
There is not only one type of animator. Each has its own specialization: sports, music, entertainment, etc. One of the most important tasks of the animator is to promote human relations and act as a link between guests.
Tourist entertainer, qualifications
There is no special school for the profession of animator. There are only training courses that can be attended. Training courses for entertainers are offered by schools, by entertainment companies and also by hotels. The training courses have different duration and include a theoretical and a practical part.
Requirements and skills
- Have good organizational skills
- Outgoing character, good communication skills, interpersonal skills, must have the ability to understand and involve others
- You must be physically resilient, because the profession of animator is very demanding, both physically due to the long working hours and mentally, as it is always in the spotlight
- They must be good psychologists, understand the nature of the guests and know how to deal with customer relations and requests
- They must be able to keep their emotional stress under control, as they are constantly in the spotlight and busy throughout the day, which puts a strain on the nervous system
- have remarkable self-control and patience
- have the ability to adapt to different situations
- good teamwork skills
Tourist entertainer, tasks
Organization and management of all recreational activities (beach games, theater performances, cabaret, board games, musical events, karaoke, treasure hunts, card tournaments, etc.).
Organizing sports activities (soccer, tennis, volleyball, surfing, etc.) and the ability to teach some sports (windsurfing, etc.).
Solving problems and complaints, which can be of any kind: too small or too wide beach, too decentralized service, restaurant queues, etc.
An entertainer typically receives a salary between $800 and $1,200 per month plus room and board. Experienced entertainers can command higher salaries, while senior entertainers can earn up to $2,000 per month.