In the IELTS speaking exam, you might be asked to describe an artist or entertainer. This would occur in part 2 for the cue card section.

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Today, I would like to show you how lớn answer this sort of task. I will explain some useful vocabulary, give sầu you ideas about making notes, & then I will provide my own sample band 9 answer.

The Cue Card – Describe an Artist or Entertainer

First of all, let’s look at the cue card. When you are given a task in part 2 of IELTS speaking, it will be presented on a cue card that contains some instructions to follow. You have sầu 1 minute to lớn prepare your answer & you should speak for 2-3 minutes.

Describe an artist or entertainer you admire

You should say

– who they are và what they do

– how they became successful

– how you found out about them

and why you admire them

Analysing the Cue Card

Once you see the cue card, you should very quickly analyse it khổng lồ know what is expected of you. Sometimes it is very easy but other times there may be some complexities khổng lồ consider.

Here, you might wonder about the phrase “describe an artist or entertainer.” Well, what does this mean?

According to lớn, there are various definitions of artist, but this is the broadest:

a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject khổng lồ aesthetic criteria

Meanwhile, an entertainer is:

a singer, comedian, dancer, reciter, or the like, especially a professional one

I mention this because some people might assume that “an artist” is just someone who paints pictures. This is certainly the most comtháng use, but it is by no means the only right one.

As such, we can see that there is a broad spectrum of possibilities here. You could talk about a :


There are other possibilities but I will stop here. As long as the person is “in the arts” or does some size of entertainment, it is reasonable khổng lồ talk about them.

Note: If you want to learn how to lớn describe a piece of art, then see here.

Vocabulary for Describing Artists

If you want lớn talk about an artist, then the vocabulary required would be specific to lớn the kind of art they bởi. You would use different language for a musician than you would for an actor, for example. You would talk differently about a comedian and a novedanh sách.

However, there are some phrases we use that could be applied across a range of artist types:

Starving artistSomeone who works as an artist and makes little moneyHistory is full of starving artists but it is not the only option for creative types.

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Emerging artistSomeone whose talent or reputation is still growingEveryone is talking about her. She’s an emerging artist.
Established artistSomeone whose reputation is also establishedIt took hyên a long time but eventually he became an established artist.
Acclaimed artistSomeone widely respected for their artWe’ll have a visit from an acclaimed artist this weekend.
Major artistSomeone very important in their fieldShe has been considered a major artist for four decades.
Troubled artistAn artist with personal or emotional issuesHe was a troubled artist and people could hear that in his lyrics.

Of course, there are innumerable phrases you could use khổng lồ describe an artist. I strongly suggest that you go lớn Wikipedia and look up some artists, then make notes on the vocabulary used. Obviously, you should not copy or memorise anything, but you can take inspiration from the vocabulary and grammar featured there.


David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs và the "Weird Cult" and the founder/editor of Beatdom literary journal. He lives và works in rural Cambodia and loves to lớn travel. He has worked as an IELTS tutor since 2010, has completed both TEFL và CELTA courses, & has a certificate from Cambridge for Teaching Writing. David has worked in many different countries, and for several years designed a writing course for the University of Worcester. In 2018, he wrote the popular IELTS handbook, Grammar for IELTS Writing & he has since written two other books about IELTS. His other IELTS trang web is called IELTS Teaching.