What qualifications do you need? There are no official training programmes for arts critics in local universities. I suggest, as a starting point, that you study arts-related subjects. As a critic, you don't only review the artwork but also look at the history and cultural and social phenomena behind it. What sort of person does the job suit? You must care about a certain medium of art and your concern must be sincere. You must love that art form and hope it will continue to improve. What's the best way into the industry? There was a time when newspapers provided space for young people to write but now there are fewer such opportunities. Those who are interested can e-mail their work to the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong). If a young critic is interested in reviewing a certain performance we will get tickets for them and will send their work to newspapers if our editor finds it reaches a certain standard. If not, we will put it on our website. What work hours do you keep? It depends on you. I write at night and sleep in the morning. These days it takes me longer to write a piece as I look into the subject matter more deeply. Is there a clear career path? Critics are people who examine cultures. Ultimately they are scholars and may eventually publish books. Some may become event organisers because they are familiar with developments in the field and know a lot about the abilities of different artists. What's the best part of your job? Being a critic makes me persistent in my pursuit of knowledge. Artists improve and your opinions evolve, and therefore you need to keep abreast of changes. What's the worst? Some people tell me that my pieces are becoming more difficult to comprehend while others say they are great. I am therefore pondering a third option: trying to write simply while expressing deep meaning. Salary? It depends on how many pieces you publish each month. Different newspapers have different rates. Some will offer you $1 per word while others offer less than $0.50. Last word? Don't consider being an arts critic as a profession. You should see it as an artistic creation.