En­ter­tain­ment man­ager

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IN our se­ries of in­ter­views and on­line films, you’ll meet lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple with lots of dif­fer­ent jobs! First

News re­cently met five peo­ple who work in a very un­usual lo­ca­tion – a cruise ship! Come on board with us to find out what life on the waves is like…

What I do

I’m the En­ter­tain­ment Man­ager on board Bri­tan­nia, look­ing af­ter all the day­time ac­tiv­i­ties and evening en­ter­tain­ment across the ship, in­clud­ing the the­atre cast, guest en­ter­tain­ers, pro­duc­tion team, bands and mu­si­cians, youth de­part­ment and en­ter­tain­ment hosts.

How I got my job

I orig­i­nally ap­plied for the job through an ad­vert in the Stage, which is a news­pa­per for the en­ter­tain­ment and show busi­ness in­dus­try.

What I love about my job

I love trav­el­ling all over the world while meet­ing happy peo­ple en­joy­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence of cruis­ing. I also work with tal­ented pro­fes­sional peo­ple, from bands and mu­si­cians to singers and dancers, plus celebri­ties and TV stars. My job is won­der­fully var­ied and hard work, but fun and very glam­orous!

What’s dif­fi­cult about my job

The dif­fi­cult part is work­ing away from my hus­band, par­ents and friends. It can some­times be sev­eral weeks be­fore I see them, and oc­ca­sion­ally months of be­ing away from home.

What skills I need

Pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in en­ter­tain­ment man­age­ment, ide­ally in a large en­vi­ron­ment such as a ho­tel com­plex or hol­i­day park that pro­vides en­ter­tain­ment for fam­i­lies – I had worked for sev­eral years for a hol­i­day com­pany in Spain. Usu­ally five years min­i­mum is re­quired.

Where young peo­ple should start if they want to do the job, too

Ide­ally start by ap­ply­ing to work as an en­ter­tain­ment host for a hol­i­day com­pany and work up the struc­ture into the role of En­ter­tain­ment Man­ager. Af­ter sev­eral years you can then ap­ply for roles with cruise com­pa­nies.

How my job could change in the fu­ture

Per­haps it will in­volve more op­er­a­tional and strate­gic plan­ning [mak­ing plans for the fu­ture and putting them into ac­tion], and less host­ing.

To hear Tracy talk about her job on board P&O Cruises Bri­tan­nia (and see the amaz­ing mo­torised cos­tume rack in the dress­ing room!), check out our lat­est Just The Job film at first.news/entscruise.

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