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Entertainment and Arts

Hong Kong spares no effort in promoting  the development of cultural and creative industries. There are more than 200,000 people who are working in this field, including more than 30,000 engaged in performing arts, film, television, music and entertainment services. Local entertainment, arts and creativity blend Chinese and Western cultures such as drama, dance, music and film, to promote economic development. Major events are held every year, including the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Festival and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Duties

The directorial industry covers the production of films, TV dramas, stage plays, animations, advertisements, etc., and the director directs  the entire production process, working with the production team. The following are the main tasks:

  • Consider the characteristics of the script, venue, roles, budget, etc., and study and analyze the script
  • Clearly understand the content of the script and collect relevant information when necessary
  • Arrange role selections and cast assignments
  • Cooperate with related staff, such as scriptwriters, actors, lighting, art directors, costumes, props, etc
  • Understand venue and set design and style

Working hours

Irregular working hours according to the need of work

Working environment

Usually works at TV stations or on location

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Production assistant
Approximately $9,000-12,000
Experience 0-3 years
Assistant director
Approximately $13,000-16,000
Experience 4 years or more
Director
Approximately $20,000 or more
Experience 7 years or more

Note: The promotion and salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • A holder of a Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / registered Post-secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of Higher Education
  • Good communication skills and organizational skills

Duties

Screenwriters are generally divided into a drama group and a non-drama group, such as TV series and variety shows. A good script is essential to the success of a set of plays and movies. Here are their main tasks:

  • Create the story line, conceptualize the subject matter of the story and collect relevant information
  • Write an outline of the script based on the characters, background, etc., for other crew members to use as a reference for their work
  • Write and proofread the script

Working hours

Irregular working hours according to the need of work

Working environment

Usually work at a TV station or home office

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Junior screenwriter
Approximately $9,000 or more
Experience 0-1 year
Screenwriter
Approximately $10,000-15,000
Experience 1-3 years
Senior screenwriter
Approximately $15,000 or more
Experience 3 years or more

Note: The promotion and salary may vary  according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • A holder of a Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / registered Post-secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of Higher Education
  • A good command of written Chinese
  • Knowledge of computer Chinese input method

Duties

Acting is a professional covering television, film, stage drama, acrobatics, opera and street  entertainment. All those who are interested in joining the profession can learn from performing experience through training courses for artistes or extras. The main tasks are as follows:

  • Familiar with the content of the script and interpret it through facial expressions, movements and speaking skills
  • Conduct rehearsals with relevant actors and actresses
  • Perform dubbing work for a television programme or movie
  • Participate in relevant TV or film promotional activities

Working hours

Irregular working hours according to the need of work

Working environment

Generally works at a TV station, shooting location, on a stage, etc

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Actor
Approximately $12,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • A secondary school graduate or above
  • Good communication and speaking skills

Duties

Dancers use different body movements and feelings to dance. Flexible muscles and a soft body are indispensable for dancing. In addition, there is a wide variety of dances in which dancers can participate in local or overseas dance groups. The following are their main tasks:

  • Dance for singers, concerts, TV stations, movies, etc
  • Rehearse / perform a dance on one’s own or with a group or partner to the rhythm of music
  • Need to practice and maintain good physical fitness

Working hours

Dancers are full-time or part-time, with time varying according to the needs of their jobs.

Working environment

Generally work  at  a television station, on a stage, at a theatre, etc.

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Dancer
Approximately $10,000
Dance teacher / choreographer
Approximately $15,000
Dance examiner
Approximately $20,000

Note: The salary may vary  according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • A secondary school graduate
  • Good communication and speaking skills
  • Have a sense of musical rhythm

Duties

Sports coaches can work in the public or private sectors. Apart from mastering the various skills of physical fitness training, they also need to understand the prevention and management of basic sports injuries. The following are their main tasks:

  • Provide a safe teaching and training environment
  • Explain and demonstrate the movements to the students and encourage them to have the courage to try
  • Maintain the discipline
  • Provide sport technical analysis and assessment for students

Working hours

Sports coaches can work full-time or part-time, depending on the needof the work, irregular working hours

Working environment

Works at schools, community groups, private sports clubs, etc

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Sport coach
Approximately $14,000

Note: The salary may vary  according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • A holder of Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / registered Post-secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of Higher Education
  • Good communication and speaking skills

Duties

Mountain craft is a professional skill. Not only do they lead trainees in hiking, mountain craft coaches also teach trainees about safety awareness, survival skills and the promotion of a sense of care for nature and environmental protection. The following are their main tasks:

  • Lead students in mountaineering, hiking and camping activities
  • Promote mountaineering activities and teach students basic knowledge and techniques of mountain climbing
  • Ensure that the trainees have a safe training and competition environment, and that the sports equipment and facilities meet the safety standards
  • Teach students the concept of caring for nature

Working hours

Mountain craft coaches can work full-time or part-time, irregular working hours according to the need of work

Working environment

Generally work in an outdoor area

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Level 1 mountain craft coach
Approximately $14,000
Level 2 mountain craft coach
Approximately $20,000
Level 3 mountain craft coach
Approximately $28,000

Note 1: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.
Note 2: People who are interested may start with a first-class certificate in Mountain Skills Training. The following are the advanced routes for Mountain Art Training.
Certificate course in Mountaineering (Level 1)> Certificate course in Mountaineering (Level 2)> Certificate course in Mountaineering Instructor (Level 3) > Mountain Craft Coach Assistant > Mountain Craft Coach (Level 1) > Mountain Craft Coach (Level 2) > Mountain Craft Coach (Level 3).

Entry requirements

  • A holder of a valid First-aid Certificate
  • Good communication and speaking skills

Mountain craft coach (Level 1)

  • Over 21 years of age.
  • Registered as a mountain craft coach assistant at China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union for at least one year and recommended by the Union
  • Being a coach assistant in the Mountain Craft Certificate Course for 5 times, including two times in the Certificate Course in Mountain Craft II or one time in the Certificate Course in Mountain Craft (Leadership)  III
  • Passed the screening test

Mountain craft coach (Level 2)

  • Over 24 years of age.
  • Registered as a Level 1 mountain craft coach and recommended by the China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union
  • At least two years’ qualification at Certificate Course in Mountain Craft Coach I under China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union
  • Being a coach in the Certificate Course in Mountain Craft I and II  for at least 2 times and being a coach assistant in the Certificate Course in Mountain Craft II for 2 times, or
  • Being a coach in the Certificate Course in Mountain Craft II for at least 2 times and being a coach assistant in in the Certificate Course Mountain Craft (Leadership) III for one time
  • Passed the screening test

Mountain Craft Coach (Level 3)

  • Over 29 years of age
  • Recommended by China Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union
  • At least 3 years’ experience as a Level 2 mountain craft coach and assist in coach training or assessment for at least three times

Duties

The stage space and design can bring the audience different visual enjoyment, so the stage designer needs the rich imagination to match each kind of line, the material, the colour for the performance art, drama and dance. The following are their main tasks:

  • Cooperate with the behind-the-scenes team to create the effect of stage design
  • Familiar with the operation of the venue, master the use of the stage space
  • Decorate the space and create the visual effects of the stage with the lighting, sets and props
  • Familiar with the script and collect information for the layout of the site

Working hours

Irregular working hours according to the need of work

Working environment

Generally work outside or in an indoor area

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Stage designer assistant
Approximately $11,000
Stage designer
Approximately $14,000

Note: The salary may vary  according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • A holder of Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / registered Post-secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of Higher Education
  • Have artistic tentacles

Duties

Piano needs regular tuning and maintenance in order to maintain a good toneThe internal structure also changes with time, temperature, humidity and other factors,so the piano tuner technician’s  job is to repair and maintain the piano. The following are the main tasks:

  • Piano repair and maintenance services
  • Tighten strings to tune the timbre and pitch of keys with tools
  • Understand the structure of the piano and the principle of sound production

Working hours

Irregular working hours according to the need of work

Working environment

Generally working indoors

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Piano tuner technician trainee
Approximately $7,850
Piano tuner technician
Approximately $12,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • A secondary school graduate
  • Piano exam certificate is an advantage

Examples of related training and courses

Certificate

Duties

Photography services cover a wide range, including advertising, events, weddings, portraits, venues, products and pets, etc. Photographers use different camera skills and techniques to provide services for their guests. The following are their main tasks:

  • Take pictures outdoors or indoors
  • Arrange studios for shooting
  • Responsible for post-processing of photos, such as photo retouching and colour matching

Working hours

Irregular working hours according to the need of work

Working environment

Generally work in a film studio or outdoor area

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Photographer assistant
Approximately $8,000-10,000
Photographer
$15,000 or more

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Basic knowledge of photography
  • Knowledge of computer photo processing softwares, such as Photoshop

Duties

Tree conservation is very important to the environment and ecology. Arborists specialize in the management of trees. They have knowledge and skills in tree biology, plant diseases and insect pests, climbing and pruning. The following are the main tasks:

  • Clear dead branches, prune and treat weak branches
  • Check the health conditions of trees and measure the strength of wood
  • Treat tree wounds and wilted plants
  • Conduct tree risk assessments and prepare reports

Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Generally work in an outdoor area

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Junior arborist
Approximately $12,000-15,000
Experience 0-3 years
Certified arborist
Approximately $47,235 or more
Experience 3 years or more

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Starting as a junior arborist after secondary school graduation
  • Obtain the arborist credential at International Society of Aboriculture (ISA) after 3 years of working experience and relevant professional courses

Duties

  • Demonstrate correct yoga postures to student
  • Assist students to do a correct yoga posture
  • Design appropriate yoga courses for students at different levels
  • Prepare teaching material, such as yoga mats

Working hours

The time of the class or self-arranged

Working environment

Work in yoga center, fitness center and private classroom

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Yoga instructor
Approximately $14,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of International Institute of Professional Yoga Teacher Verification Certificate
  • Completion of the 200-hour international certified yoga instructor training course
  • Fluent in Chinese and English
  • Good communication skills

Duties

  • Provide professional guidance to students, ensure the safety of fitness student during exercise, to avoid student get injured
  • Understand the diet, nature of work and sleeping quality of students. To formulate a professional and feasible fitness plan according to the different trainees
  • Design suitable nutritional meal recipe for students
  • Follow up on the fitness progress of the trainees regularly

Working hours

The time of the class or self-arranged

Working environment

Work in fitness center or private classroom

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Fitness instructor
Approximately $14,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Fluent in Chinese and English
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of customs demoiselle is required
  • Know how to use fitness equipment
  • Hold a certificate of Sports Coach

Duties

  • Perform magic tricks at different shopping malls or banquets
  • Research and design new magic tricks
  • Bring joy and entertainment to the audience

Working hours

Depends on when the client need or self-arranged

Working environment

Work in different shopping malls and banquets

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Magician assistant
Approximately $8,000
Magician
Approximately $13,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Know how to use magic props to do magic
  • Good communication skills

Examples of related training and courses

Higher Diploma / Associate Degree

Certificate

 

Duties

  • Perform in different places and bring the atmosphere in the event
  • Write different songs
  • Write lyrics for a song
  • Do the post-production of the song such as tuning and harmony
  • Shoot for music video
  • Promote for the song

Working hours

Depends on the time of the performance or self-arranged

Working environment

Work in different shopping malls, banquets or radio and television stations

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Singer and songwriter
Approximately $12,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Know how to play an instrument
  • Interested in music
  • Know how to make music

Duties

  • Draw illustrations for books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, novels, textbooks, etc
  • Drawing cards, posters, advertisements, painting, humour, etc
  • Use computer software such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Painter to draw illustrations.

Working hours

Average 70 hours per week, depends on the amount of work

Working environment

Work in studio

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Illustrator
Approximately $12,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Know how to use computer software such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Painter to draw illustrations
  • Interested in painting

Duties

  • Write different stories
  • Write a column for a newspaper, magazine or magazine
  • Write a TV or movie script

Working hours

Average 70 hours per week

Working environment

Work in the office or at home

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Writer
Approximately $12,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Good Chinese writing skill
  • Interested in story writing
  • Knowledge of basic computer software, such as MS Word

Duties

  • As a media person to show art, fashion products, advertising, etc
  • Shot posters, magazine covers
  • Promote the product
  • Wear sponsor clothing
  • Catwalk on the runway

Working hours

Average 60 hours a week and sometimes might not leave on time

Working environment

Usually work in fashion exhibition and the studio, and sometimes require outdoor shooting

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Model
Approximately $15,000

Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Height: 173 cm or above for women and 185cm or above for men
  • The proportion of body shape should be in line with the requirements
  • Have a good posture

Duties

  • Manage the production process of a project; control the allocation of time, money, manpower, etc.
  • Responsible for marketing, promotion and distribution of the project such as the box office, publicity, etc

Working hours

Irregular working hours according to different projects

Working environment

Usually working at TV stations or on location

 

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Producer
Approximately $50,000-70,000

Entry requirements

  • A holder of Journalism and Communication Higher Diploma / Associate Degree / registered Post-secondary College Diploma or above from a Hong Kong institution of Higher Education
  • TV or movie production experience
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Duties

  • Assist and accompany artists to work in the mainland or overseas
  • Arrange jobs and time for artists
  • Basic computer and paper work

Working hours

Irregular working hours

Working environment

Usually working at TV stations or on location

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Celebrity agent
Approximately $13,000-20,000

Entry requirements

  • Secondary school level or above
  • Good spoken l Chinese and English , Putonghua is an advantage
  • Good communication skills

Duties

  • Participate in the training and competitions as an individual or a team member to get awards
  • Participate in regular practice and training to maintain the required standard
  • Participate in sports promotional activities and media interviews
  • Decide on strategies and tactics of competitive sporting events in consultation with coaches

Working hours

Work irregular hours

Working environment

Stadium

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Athletes
Unstable income

Notes: source of income for athletes

  1. Sports subsidy ($10000-90000/year)
  2. Athletes supported by HKIS * (issued by teaching and training, depending on completion / hourly training of athletes)
  3. Competition Bonus, Athlete Incentive Awards Scheme* (Bonus for adult, young athletes: $1500-15000.)
  4. Sponsorship
  5. As an amateur athlete

Entry requirements

  • Secondary school education
  • Have superior athletic talent and extensive knowledge of their sport, especially its rules, regulations, and strategies

Examples of related training and courses

Duties

  • Prepare suitable equipment for student
  • Teach students how to use diving equipment and how to install the equipment
  • Introduce the diving point, demonstrate how to diving and tell the student the things need to pay attention when diving
  • Lead students dive

Working hours

The time is uncertain according to the needs of the work

Working environment

Work outdoor and in the sea

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Diving Instructor
About $14,000 – 18,000

*Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Must hold a valid diving certificate
  • Holders of valid certificates of First Aid from St. John Ambulance, Hong Kong Red Cross or Auxiliary Medical Service are priority
  • The standard of English and Chinese Languages reaches Primary 6  level
  • Passed swimming and skill, vision and colour discrimination tests
  • Certificate of Valid Pool Lifeguard Award or Beach Lifeguard Award issued by the Hong Kong Life Saving Society

Examples of related training and courses

Certificate

  • PADI – Open Water Diver

https://www.padi.com/courses/open-water-diver?lang=en

  • Hong Kong Life Saving Society- Valid Pool Lifeguard Award or Beach Lifeguar

http://www.hklss.org.hk/public/modules/Lse/Lse_type.asp

Duties

  • Teach the student different songs and playing skills
  • The training of knowledge of music, skills of reading the sheet music, skills of fingering, sense of sound and skills of playing piano

Working hours

About 36 hours

Working environment

Work indoor

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Piano teacher
About $13,000 – 15,000

*Note: The salary may vary according to the company, experience and ability.

Entry requirements

  • Holds the Royal Academy of Music, the Trinity Academy of Music, Rockschool Grade 8 or above
  • Passionate with music teaching
  • Be punctual and responsible
  • A preliminary study of the students in the Department of Music and Music

Examples of related training and courses

Bachelor Degree

  • The University of Hong Kong – Department of Music

http://www.music.hku.hk/common-core-courses.html

Certificate

  • ABRSM – Piano Examination

https://us.abrsm.org/zh_tw/our-exams/piano

 

Duties

  • Mainly responsible for the production and hosting radio programme
  • Responsible of editing, writing or data collection and planning the show
  • Assist and supervise staff and manage resources

Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Work at studio

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Radio host
About $12,735 – 25,415

Entry requirements

  • Hold professional institutions in Hong Kong, majoring in relevant or related subjects (new information and traditional science, creative media, media), or equivalent.
  • Required to have good speaking and presentation skills

Examples of related training and courses

Bachelor Degree

  • Hong Kong Baptist University – Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

https://www.hkbu.edu.hk/eng/admission/undergraduate/communocation.jsp

Higher Diploma / Associate Degree

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Associate in Public Relation and Communication

https://www.hkcc-polyu.edu.hk/en/programmes/associate-degree/programmeDetails.php?sid=13

Duties

  • Provide music for the venue and must keep the music continuously playing
  • Mix the music with computers and produce unique music
  • Create atmosphere for the event

Working hours

Usually work at night

Working environment

Work in different places, mainly work in club, broadcast station and ballroom

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Disc Jockey
About $15,000 – 18,000

Entry requirements

  • Love music
  • Ability to remix music
  • Ability to use disc board and controller

Examples of related training and courses

Higher Diploma / Associate Degree

  • Vocational Training Council – Higher Diploma in Digital Music and Media

http://www.vtc.edu.hk/admission/en/programme/de114104-higher-diploma-in-digital-music-and-media/

Certificate

  • Parkland Music Institute – Remix course

https://www.parklandmusic.com.hk/about-us/introduction/

Duties

  • Perform video editing, pre and post production
  • Shooting for construction site, interview, outdoor event and PR event

Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Work in office, may require outside work

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Video editor
About $15,000 – 20,000

Entry requirements

  • Video editing skills and photoshop skills
  • Knowledge about digital equipment
  • Strong team spirit

Examples of related training and courses

Higher Diploma / Associate Degree

  • Vocational Training Council – Higher Diploma in Animation and Visual Effects

http://www.vtc.edu.hk/admission/en/programme/de114110-higher-diploma-in-animation-and-visual-effects/

  • Vocational Training Council – Higher Diploma in Creative Media

http://www.vtc.edu.hk/admission/en/programme/de114102-higher-diploma-in-creative-media/

Duties

Professional gamers are a new type of work in recent years. Since the popularity of video games, there are more people playing video games.

  • Play games and participate in the video game competition
  • Players need to have a certain number of fans on the game livestream platform
  • Need to update game live broadcast on a regular basis

 

Working hours

No regular time

Working environment

Work at home

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Professional gamer
Income not stable

* The salary may vary according to the number of fans, playing game times and view count.

Entry requirements

  • Ability to play different type of games

Examples of related training and courses

Not applicable

Duties

  • Responsible for the planning, editing, making, production, audience interaction and being the host of the show
  • Public broadcast the livestream to entertain the audience
  • Anchor can adjust the content of the show according to the audience feedback and comment
  • Internet livestream content can generally be divided into chat, singing, dancing, food, gaming, beauty and other types
  • Livestream mainly through the number of viewers and share the profit with internet platform

Working hours

No special time to work

Working environment

Work at home

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Network Anchor
Income not stable

* The salary may vary according to the number of work and subscription.

Entry requirements

  • Love to perform

Examples of related training and courses

Not applicable

Duties

  • Responsible for the design, demonstration and performance of a high degree of activity
  • To act as a stand-in

Working hours

Work irregularity, depends on the movie or TV slot

Working environment

Work in studio or may require outside work

Personality

Promotion and reference salary

Martial arts
About $15,000 – 20,000

Entry requirements

  • Proficient in martial arts
  • Have a strong will and not afraid to endure hardships

Examples of related training and courses

Certificate

  • Hong Kong Stuntman Association – Action stunt professional course

http://hkstuntman.com/?p=242

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