Here are the real salaries to expect if someone successfully gets into the entertainment business: Song writers make $49,000 a year. Professional actors make $85,000. Professional singers working clubs make $60,000. A talented musician makes $38,000. Comics average $30,000 a year.
It’s hard to talk sense into a young dreamer but I wish they understood a little better the face behind the mask of the entertainment industry. Hollywood, Nashville, and New York City are filled with waiters and waitresses dreaming of getting their big shot. And if a young person finds themselves in Hollywood or New York City they need to plan on living with several other people in about a 1,000 sq. foot apartment to try and make ends meet. This does not lend itself to an enjoyable lifestyle.
Everything loses its luster including celebrity fame. Having people recognize them and asking for their autographs can be fun at first but the constant interruptions even during meals, gets old. Having to constantly worry about how they look before they go out becomes irritating and the fact is, many beautiful celebrities aren’t so beautiful without their hair and make-up artist who are often on their payrolls. I don’t think there’s a single celebrity who won’t tell you that what they thought was going to be great about being famous ended up being the worst part.
I guess the question is why would someone want to be famous? What are their motivations? In my opinion knowing what the chances are to get a job in the entertainment industry, knowing how little they actually make, and knowing that all the fringe benefits of being famous quickly lose their appeal, makes being an average Joe (or John), like me sound pretty good.