A performance is when an entertainer of some sorts behaves in a way that is designed to incite amusement in others. This behaviour is often a pre-written script, song, dance or comedic act, but sometimes it can be improvised on the spot. A performance often occurs in places designed for the arts, such as in a theatre, concert hall or dancehall. But anywhere can actually be turned into a stage, if there are people watching. Johnny Cash did a famous performance in 1968 in Folsom State Prison, in California, where he performed for the inmates in the main dining hall.
The difference between actors and performers is that actors portray rehearsed roles as characters while performers present to their audience a specific skill or talent, they are an expert in. Actors also often take part in plays, films, or television programs. Entertainers can take part in any entertainment venue.
An entertainer is an individual who provides entertainment in various forms and through various skills. Entertainers often enjoy spending time entertaining their audiences and perfecting their skills. Entertainers can also usually perform their act anywhere. Examples of entertainers include actors, clowns, comedians, magicians, musicians, and singers.
The qualities that make a good entertainer include having talents that audiences want to see as well as being extremely comfortable performing in front of others. Good entertainers also spend time perfecting and practicing their talent. Entertainers are committed and take feedback as well as guidance from others.