Showman

You are an entertainer, performing before audiences whether you're on stage or in front of a camera. Whether you're a comedian, an actor, a musician, or a juggler, you love the limelight and may someday be known around the world.

Skill Proficiencies: Performance, Persuasion
Tool Proficiency: Select two of the following: Artist's Tools (any) or Musical Instrument (any)
Languages: None
Equipment: A casual wardrobe, three sets of performance attire, three completed routines, any two tools of your trade (artist's tool kit, musical instrument, etc.), sunglasses, a token from a fan, a smartphone, (a) a laptop or (b) a tablet, and (a) a backpack, (b) a duffle bag, or (c) a suitcase.

Feature: Gigs


You can always find a place to perform, whether in a bar, a theater, at a carnival, on the internet, or on a busy street corner. You build up an amount of celebrity and even a fanbase. People who've seen you perform usually like you. Fans will help you with information or services, and might even put you up for a few nights. When you perform at a location away from home, the venue might also set you up with meals and rooms of a standard appropriate to the venue. You may occasionally get a call from your agent to perform at a time or venue you don't want to, but those are the breaks.

Suggested Characteristics


Showmen are performers and get satisfaction from the reactions of others.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I like to be the center of attention. Hey, are you listening?
2 I spend my free-time practicing, even if I've already perfected my performance.
3 I love adding new bits to my act and I'm always on the lookout for fresh ideas.
4 I have a vast knowledge of performers from today and yesterday and often reference them in conversation.
5 I put up a facade as a personable, outgoing person, but underneath I'm very introverted.
6 I live to perform, and even when I'm just going about my day I act as though I'm in front of an audience.
7 I put more stock in appearances than in what going on underneath.
8 I'm not a diva, I just like things the way that I like them because that's the way they should be.
d6 Ideal
1 Entertainer. I perform to make others feel good because everyone needs that sometimes. (Good)
2 Commemoration. The old-time performers need to be remembered and celebrated. (Lawful)
3 Expression. Everyone should be free to make a living doing what they love. (Chaotic)
4 Release. It doesn't matter why people praise me, I just want them to praise me. (Evil)
5 Subscribers. I perform because I know what it means to others. (Neutral)
6 Evolution. I want to be the best at performing before a live audience. That comes from training, focus, and doing it over and over. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 People may not understand me, but I understand them.
2 I love my fans. They've supported me through thick and thin.
3 My dad always wanted me to be a famous artist, and I want him to live to see that.
4 The people I grew up around never thought I'd make it, but I'll show them.
5 The interaction I have with an audience, intimate and communal at the same time, is what drives me.
6 I care more about expressing art than about the people who love or hate it.
d6 Flaw
1 I'm not very creative, and sometimes lie and tell people that I've come up with something that someone else did.
2 I have a lot of rules for how to approach famous people and artists that I expect others to adhere to but never explain.
3 I was addicted to drugs when I was young and still struggle to stay clean.
4 I can't help but interact with hecklers and detractors on social media, whether they are gunning for me or another artist.
5 I am terrified that people don't really like me and spend hours shadowing social media.
6 I hate crowds and always get sick before a performance.
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