An artist is a person who is involved in an activity that is connected to the creation of art, the practise of the arts, or the demonstration of an art form. The term "visual artist" is often used in both ordinary speech and scholarly discourse to refer to someone who works exclusively in the visual arts. However, the word is also often used in the entertainment industry, particularly in a commercial context, to refer to musicians and other performers who work in the entertainment industry (although less often for actors). "Artiste" (French meaning artist) is a variation of the word "artist" that is sometimes used in this context, although it is becoming less common. The word "artist" may be used to characterise authors, although it is less frequent and is usually limited to certain settings, such as those found in literary criticism.