30 Entertainment Related Business Opportunities (Ultimate List)

30 Entertainment Related Business Opportunities (Ultimate List)

Looking to start an entertainment related business but not quite sure what to start?



The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.



If you're looking to start your own entertainment related business, there are several amazing options you can choose from.



We put a list together below of the most profitable entertainment related business ideas you can start today!



Here they are:



1. Become a music band manager ($480K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Charles Driebe from Atlanta started Blind Ambition Management over 22 years ago, a music band manager.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Atlanta

Case Study

In 1990, I was about 8 years out of law school and practicing ‘regular’ law when I decided to combine my legal training with my lifelong passion for music. I began to shift into entertainment law by educating myself about it. I already knew a lot of musicians and soon developed a base of clients.

Almost all the work attorneys do for music clients is transactional (mostly contract-related), and that’s the kind of work I was doing. It felt good to help my clients protect their intellectual property (like copyrights). However, I found that an artist’s attorney often only had intermittent contact with them (like negotiating a recording contract) and they often didn’t interact with them for long stretches of time.

I wanted to be more involved in all aspects of the artist’s career and I began managing artists in 1996. That actually involved longer hours (and a pay cut, since I was now working on a commission basis instead of being paid an hourly fee), but I found it to be more satisfying work. And being an attorney gave me an advantage over other managers who weren’t attorneys.

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2. Start an event planning business ($420K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$35,000 — $400,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$19,725
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Akshay Patel from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA started Simply Decor and Events ago, a event planning business.

  • Revenue: $35,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Case Study

I always had an eye for decor whether it was with my room, home, or anything. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and went to college at the University of New Mexico where I got my bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in Psychology. All along with my schooling, I was following the path to becoming a dentist which I thought was my passion and what I enjoyed. When I graduated high school I wanted to throw myself a big party. So my dad gave me a budget of $3,000 which had to include the venue, DJ, catering, bar, and decor.

I learned that when advertising you have to try different and unique ideas. From this you will learn what will work for your specific clientele, this process is a trial and error.

Of course, you know when you want a real fancy party the venue usually takes most of the budget, as it did. I was left with $200 for decor. I then began talking to decor companies and found that everything I wanted was not going to be possible with that amount. I thought out of the box and began making all my own decor.

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3. Start an online video editing business ($72K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,000 — $208,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150,075
Skills

Sabba Keynejad from London, England, United Kingdom started VEED about 4 years ago, a online video editing business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

Tim and I met during an online hackathon. During the hackathon participants were encouraged to meetup for real. We actually got on really well, and stayed friends and kept spitballing ideas for a startup for years.

At this time, I was a design student at Central Saint Martins and I had recently won a competition for Sony Music creating an interactive music video for the band Hurts with my friend Virgil. Then soon after graduation, I started working as a creative technologist in London for a bunch of different advertising & branding agencies and a few startups too.

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4. Become a virtual magician ($144K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $35,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$533
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills

Daniel Chan from Fremont started Dan Chan Presents: Virtual Magic Shows almost 23 years ago, a virtual magician.

  • Revenue: $12,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Fremont

Case Study

I’ve always had an interest in magic and with Google, YouTube, and the Internet not yet invented, I spent many hours as a youth slow motioning VCR tapes, poring over library books, and trying to decipher how all these seemingly impossible magic tricks were possible. It wasn’t until I met a magician named Gerald Joseph that my magic career truly began. After the party I asked him a few questions, Joseph revealed to me, one of the most astounding effects in magic - how to make a ring disappear and end up in his wallet, in a zippered compartment! He didn’t have to share how this effect worked, but he did and became one of my early friends in magic. Around the same time, I discovered Misdirections Magic Shop, and it’s owner Joe Pon, who, through his lecture series, introduced me to the most respected magicians in the industry.

Performing magic as a career involves more than just magic. Learning how to budget, market, finance, build a website, communicate effectively with others, and effectively run a business is a challenge of its own.

While I worked full time at Paypal pre-IPO, I started performing magic on the side. I would work on the weekends performing magic instead of watching movies or hanging out with friends, and would occasionally use my sick days to take lucrative performances. It was tough mostly working 7 days a week, during the day working my desk job, my evenings dedicated to honing my craft, and my weekends filled with performances. The real “aha!” a moment came several months later when I worked out the math and realized that I could quit my desk job and take on magic full time. This change was a huge risk as I knew I would be giving up a steady paycheck with many benefits. Still, I was confident I could fully transition to a business based on referrals, repeat customers, and, most importantly, rave reviews.

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5. Start a tradeshow booth business ($360K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$30,000/month
Skills
Business model

Ryan Schortmann from Plymouth, MA, USA started Display Pros over 4 years ago, a tradeshow booth business.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Plymouth, MA, USA

Case Study

Ever since I can remember, I have tended to geek out on anything that I’m remotely passionate about – computer building, web design and development, business automation, inbound marketing, and the list goes on for personal pursuits. I love to dig into the esoteric and learn what really makes things tick. I have always been obsessed with entrepreneurship from a young age so that led me to read and study the subject voraciously.

It has been a bit of a roundabout journey to get to this point. I initially started in film school and eventually earned my degree in Business Administration and Computer Science. I’ve held some random jobs over the years working as a PC tech, technical intern for a video editing hardware company, camp counselor, photography teacher, guitar teacher, documentary filmmaker, and retail clerk. That list kind of sounds like Homer listing off his occupations in the Simpsons, but eventually I landed on something more aligned with my skill set.

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6. Start a film production company ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills
Business model

Latham Ford from Los Angeles, California, USA started No Idea Films, LLC over 5 years ago, a film production company.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

I moved to LA 13 years ago, by way of Chicago. I began my career in entertainment as an actor. I had a great start to that career by being in many commercials like Lincoln Aviator, Toyota, Apple, Lexus and more. It was by being on set as an actor for TV commercials and film, is how I fell in love with producing.

I’ve learned to fail and fail big. The more I have failed the more successful I became.

After shooting my Lexus commercial I was on fire to produce. I began writing TV ideas, turning them into scripts. I also began writing film scripts. The next step was actually producing them. I never stopped acting because being on set was my school. That is how I learned. Most producers start as PAs but I didn’t have to go that route, I was already on set as an actor soaking in the same information. Not to mention commercial money pays way better as an actor than PA.

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7. Start a comedy club

Examples of a successful comedy club:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a comedy club:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a comedy club ➜

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8. Start a career expo business

Examples of a successful career expo business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a career expo business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a career expo business ➜

9. Start an amusement park

Examples of a successful amusement park:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a amusement park:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an amusement park ➜

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10. Become a mobile DJ

Examples of a successful mobile DJ:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mobile DJ:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mobile DJ ➜

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11. Start a dance studio

How Much Can You Make?
$8,400 — $40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$150,000
Skills

Examples of a successful dance studio:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a dance studio:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a dance studio ➜

Case Study

I am Bryan Greene, I own and started The LOOK Fitness in Newport Beach, California.

The LOOK Fitness is currently making $53,000 per month and growing monthly, fighting back from the hardships we've endured. We moved from our original location as we outgrew our first location and survived a drawn-out build-out that was supposed to take only two months, which took one year and eight months, and COVID in Southern California with some of the most strict closures.

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12. Start a night club

Examples of a successful night club:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a night club:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a night club ➜

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13. Start a party entertainer business

How Much Can You Make?
$12,000 — $25,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful party entertainer business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a party entertainer business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a party entertainer business ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Daniel Chan and I am the founder of Dan Chan Presents, LLC. We are a unique company specializing in sophisticated magic entertainment that’s designed for savvy corporate audiences. Our shows feature world-class sleight of hand, playful pickpocketing, and thoughtful sleight of mind. I am known as The Billionaire’s Magician and have performed for many tech millionaires and Silicon Valley’s Elite.

Last year the company made 160K performing live, in person, corporate shows. Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, I quickly pivoted my in-person event strategy to suit the new virtual format. I am one of the first in the magic industry to fully pivot to Zoom, and was recently featured in The Hustle as well as twice in Business Insider. In a single month, I was able to take an industry that was best experienced in person, and turn it into a compelling virtual experience that people can enjoy at home. Not only have I brought magic into people’s homes, but I was able to expand my marketing reach performing internationally in Europe, Australia, Africa, and China, all from the comfort of my home office.

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14. Start a recording studio business

Examples of a successful recording studio business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a recording studio business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a recording studio business ➜

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15. Start a modelling agency

Examples of a successful modelling agency:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a modelling agency:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a modelling agency ➜

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16. Start an ad film making business

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful ad film making business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ad film making business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an ad film making business ➜

Case Study

Victoria founded Viewst, a no-code ad design, and automation tool. They earned +$56k in 2 months and are confident to reach $1M ARR in 2021.

17. Start a virtual reality arcade business

Examples of a successful virtual reality arcade business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a virtual reality arcade business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a virtual reality arcade business ➜

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18. Start a bounce house business

Examples of a successful bounce house business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bounce house business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bounce house business ➜

19. Start a voice over service ($480K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $40,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$50,000
Skills

Examples of a successful voice over service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a voice over service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a voice over service ➜

Case Study

Hi, my name is Mony Raanan, and I’m the founder of Voice Crafters, a multilingual voice-over agency and marketplace.

Voice Crafters operated as an agency until early 2020, at which point we launched our online marketplace. This move essentially helped double our revenue and we’re on track to making at least $500,000 in 2021 with a bottom line of around 40%.

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20. Start a wearable technology device business

Examples of a successful wearable technology device business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wearable technology device business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a wearable technology device business ➜

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21. Become a sports news anchor

Examples of a successful sports news anchor:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sports news anchor:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sports news anchor ➜

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22. Start a professional emcee business

Examples of a successful professional emcee business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a professional emcee business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a professional emcee business ➜

23. Start a talk show

Examples of a successful talk show:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a talk show:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a talk show ➜

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24. Start a sports radio station

Examples of a successful sports radio station:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sports radio station:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sports radio station ➜

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25. Start a puppet shows business

Examples of a successful puppet shows business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a puppet shows business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a puppet shows business ➜

26. Start a bungee jumping service

Examples of a successful bungee jumping service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bungee jumping service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bungee jumping service ➜

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27. Start a water park business

Examples of a successful water park business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a water park business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a water park business ➜

28. Create a game marketing website ($120K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$77,500
Skills

Examples of a successful game marketing website:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a game marketing website:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a game marketing website ➜

Case Study

Casino Guru is a website with information about anything related to online casinos.

Better have 2 times higher traffic monetized on 70% than 2 times lower-traffic monetized on 95%.

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29. Become a song writer

Examples of a successful song writer:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a song writer:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a song writer ➜

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30. Start a karaoke bar business

How Much Can You Make?
$12,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful karaoke bar business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a karaoke bar business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a karaoke bar business ➜

Case Study

We are Kelli Bielema & Vanessa Resler and we run The AirScream, a mobile karaoke lounge in a vintage Airstream located in Seattle, WA. The AirScream is an experience like no other where we bring the trailer to your special event, park it & let the party ignite! Our customers are marketing and brand specialists who want a unique activation at their events that bring people together. We also work with event planners who plan corporate parties as well as private social celebrations like birthday parties and weddings.

We are new to the market and are slowly scaling up as we get comfortable with our processes so we can perfect everything before we debut to the public. Currently, we are operating focus groups with event planners & vendors, our friends & family and with upcoming pop-up events at select locations where we truly will experience The AirScream in the wild.

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