How Many People in the Entertainment Industry?
Just out of curiosity, I was wondering the other day how many people work in entertainment. It seems like tons of people are into the arts — but how many people??
That's actors, musicians, artists, filmmakers, amusement attendants, etc; the whole shebang.
There's some other interesting data on that page too.
It looks like only about 7% of people in the industry belong to a union.
The average hourly wage is $23.
The average hours worked per week is 24. That's about 4 hours a day, with a day off.
And the average weekly salary for a union member is around $700.
If you do the math for an average non-union member, $23 an hour for 24 hours a week, that's about $552 per week. That's $148 less than a union member.
So, there you go. Some context.
I know some of my more, ahem, competitive friends would see this two million number and say something like, "This is who you're competing against: TWO MILLION OTHER PEOPLE!"
Well, this weirdo would be slightly correct. Everything doesn't have to be some stupid Wolf-of-Wall-Street-Style hustling attempt. Some things could just be simply for the love of it. However! If you're operating on a field occupied by two million other people... First: It's good to know that. Second: Note that many of them have significant advantages over you.
Knowing all this, the question now should be: How can only I entertain?