Entertainment is a broad category of activity which holds the attention of an audience or provides enjoyment and excitement to those watching it. In this light it can be either a project or an idea, but more often than not is one of those things or activities that have evolved over thousands of years in particular for the express purpose of holding an audience’s interest. As this category contains a number of different activities and sports, the term is constantly being expanded and diversified to include activities and sports of many different kinds. These diversified and expanding subtopics are the reason why there is so much overlap within this broad category.
The performing arts include both live and non-performing arts. While the performing arts were traditionally associated with the professional theater or opera and the artistic world has always been highly competitive, the mass media entertainment industry has promoted the production of entertainment shows like Dancing with the Stars, The Price is Right, Flavor of Love and So You Think You Can Dance. As part of the entertainment industry, these shows are generally promoted by using various forms of advertising including television, radio and the internet. This highly competitive environment that exists between the performers and the producers of these shows provides an excellent venue for the expression of multiple ideas and expressions by the various participants in the show.
Entertainers have to rely on numerous other mediums besides the live entertainment industry in order to secure their place on stage or in the movie theater. This includes the creation of stage shows, stage props and costumes, dance, music and voice over work. All of these different types of expression and development of art have been used before and continue to be used today by the mass media entertainment industry. As a matter of fact many of these development and evolution processes occur in theatre as well as film production. Professional actors and actresses use all of these various tools and vehicles in order to express themselves on screen. In turn this results in the ability for the artists and performers involved in the live entertainment industry to expand their creative thinking and expression beyond the boundaries of their traditional performance art.
The use of dance in live entertainment has increased dramatically since the start of the twentieth century. Music and the performing arts go hand in the creation of new plays, movies and musical theatre productions. New technologies have also introduced new types of technology used in modern live entertainment. For example, surround sound systems have made it possible for people in the audience to hear every detail of a play or movie that is being staged in the theatre. This development has greatly expanded the range and variety of styles of performing arts that people can enjoy.
Other forms of development in the field of live entertainment and the visual arts include online video streams. Video streaming offers a unique opportunity to capture and present live performances and new media in a way that allows the audience to interact with the artist. The presentation of a piece of visual art online offers a unique way for artists and performance artists to reach new audiences. One can easily record a performance online from the comfort of their home. The artist uploading the content is often compensated for their efforts by the viewer; this ensures that the artist receives the revenue that is needed to support their living expenses while they continue to make their art available to others.
The introduction of new media forms has created new avenues for artists looking to express themselves. Entertainers and other creative individuals can now utilize the power of the visual arts to connect with an ever increasing audience. New mediums such as the internet, television and motion pictures are all new opportunities for artists to showcase their talents and to earn revenues. In the past, live entertainment was a far too expensive option for an artist looking to make their mark on the world, but as new media outlets emerge more artists are able to work directly with audiences.