Career Change Advice for Performers

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ciara Pressler, founder of Pressler Collaborative, and author of the new book Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers, discusses her advice for how performers and other creatives should take on mid-career changes.


Ciara Pressler

Comments [4]


I came late to the discussion, but I wanted to mention that another venue for performing and visual artists is in the therapeutic world. Especially now as boomers age and care facilities expand, there are more opportunities for art, dance, music therapists. I transitioned from a career in the graphic arts and a gardening hobby to working part-time as a horticultural therapist, working with seniors. But there are opportunities with other age groups as well.

Jan. 30 2013 12:11 PM
lisa from Harlem

The Actor's Word Program, a part of the Actor's Fund is available to anyone in the entertainment industry, not just actors and is a fantastic resource. and all for free! I have a career counselor who is fabulous, have taken workshops in resume writing, job search in the "civilian" world, theres a very intense series of computer classes, special attention to over 50 year olds. below is taken off their site on eligibility
A member in good standing of any entertainment industry union, and others who have earned $6,500 in each of three of the last five years, or $5,000 in each of 5 of the last 10 years. For those who do not have earnings, 12 weeks of documented industry can be substituted
good luck!

Jan. 30 2013 12:06 PM

Not a performer, a painter, but I'm about to finish library science school- lots of relevance in specialized libraries

Jan. 30 2013 11:58 AM
barlow from astoria

Im hangin in there, but daily Im reminded of how the rest of one's life - social, family, income -- suffers as you pursue a life in the arts. IT AINT EASY. After a certian age, it's best to be 110% sure you have something significant to add to the profession

Jan. 30 2013 11:55 AM

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