What does it mean to be an entertainer?
We have posed the question to them, to the entertainers, on the Wall of our Facebook page: For them, how would they describe the job of tourist entertainer?
For some, entertainment is an art, for others it is a totally unique experience. All agree that to be an entertainer, you don’t only plan activities around entertainment, whether sports, children or night shows, but you are also, and mainly, a Public Relations specialist with great talent with people.
We stuck with the definition by Guma Mike (his Facebook alias):
An entertainer must have an attractive personality capable of stirring admiration. The entertainer is someone with the power to transmit energy, to motivate, to help, to be aware, have fun, be vital, energetic, informative, adore children, very and I mean very polite and very charismatic as well. And most importantly, it all has to be natural—insists Guma Mike—people know when you are faking it and in the XXI century, if you have a big heart and perform with passion, you are guaranteed success wherever you go. But every entertainer has to recognise, you will never be loved by everyone!
Tourist entertainer profiles
Entertainers can work in teams of 2 to 15 people, which allows for differentiation among the variety of specialised profiles.
Wanted: entertainers with early learner certification and experience caring for children between the ages of six months and three years. A position in great demand during the high season at family-stay hotels.
Wanted: creative young people with early learner/childhood certification and/or experience caring for kids between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. The mornings and afternoons of the child entertainer takes place in the miniclub and at the children’s pool, setting up dynamic and fun activities: from arts and crafts to theme days like the Olympics or ecological day.
Family hotels look for early learner educators with entertainment experience who can direct a team of entertainers who organise activities for children between the ages of 4 and 17 years old.
This is a common position at big hotels that largely attract families. These hotels segment their search for entertainers for kids from 4 to 8 years old at the Mini club, between 9 and 12 at the Maxi Club and from 13 to 17 at the Teen Club.
This person has a more complete profile, and is also in greater demand. An all-terrain entertainer: one who loves to be up on stage, microphone in hand, who always wears a smile and has a nice word to say to the guests, capable of organising sporting events for adults and scavenger hunts for kids.
Depending upon the facilities at the hotel or campsite, Animajobs seeks entertainers capable of organising all types of activities and tournaments from beach football and volleyball to archery and crossbows. We look for candidates with (and also without) training.
Job openings for certified trainers and instructors with experience teaching fitness classes like maintenance, aerobics, stretching, step, bodybuilding, aero-salsa and tae bo among other specialties, ever more in demand by clients on holiday.
More and more, hotels are including classes from multiple fitness disciplines like Yoga, Tai Chi, body balance, Pilates or watergym. We look for candidates with (and also without) certification and experience.
If you are a great dancer and love to be on stage, this is your job. Candidates for this job will star in night shows like This is it or classic musicals like Mamma Mia!
For programming night recreation and entertainment, on occasion; seeking candidates who can sing and have musical experience.
Candidates specialised in set-up and control of lighting and sound equipment, as well as experience as a dj for different groups of people.
At the peak of social media like Twitter, Facebook or Tuenti, hotels and campsites have been left behind. Therefore a new type of entertainer profile has emerged. As well as being a great public relations specialist, the entertainment reporter, always with camera in hand, takes pictures and videos to later jazz up the Facebook page as well as the establishment’s other social media pages.
Entertainment professional with a wide-ranging experience who knows well the peculiarities of the job of tourist entertainer. This figure is responsible for the implementation of the recreation and entertainment program and of the entertainment team management and is the go-between with hotel management.
Primary quality as entertainer, no matter the profile.
Our job as entertainers is directed at each guest who stays at our establishment. Therefore, at all times during the day, whether during activities or during free time, we are in areas among the hotel guests, smiling and greeting at all times.
Remember that the success of an entertainer resides in the ability to transmit enthusiasm, cheer, congeniality and courtesy.