Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio

Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

Salary at 10th Percentile: $33,730
Median Salary: $71,620
Salary at 90th Percentile: $164,290

Supervise and coordinate the work of camera, lighting, design, and sound crew members.

Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.

Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.

Confer with technical directors, managers, crew members, and writers to discuss details of production, such as photography, script, music, sets, and costumes.

Compile cue words and phrases and cue announcers, cast members, and technicians during performances.

Establish pace of programs and sequences of scenes according to time requirements and cast and set accessibility.

Identify and approve equipment and elements required for productions, such as scenery, lights, props, costumes, choreography, and music.

Consult with writers, producers, or actors about script changes or "workshop" scripts, through rehearsal with writers and actors to create final drafts.

Select plays or scripts for production and determine how material should be interpreted and performed.

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Video creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
Music or sound editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
Web page creation and editing software
Content management systems CMS
Enterprise application integration software
Extensible markup language XML
Web platform development software
Hypertext markup language HTML
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Instant messaging software
Twitter
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital video cameras
Media control systems
Grass Valley Ignite Automated Production System
Electronic viewfinder
Lens finders
Special purpose telephones
Multi-line telephone systems
Audio video console
Multimedia editing equipment
Notebook computers
Notebook computers
Personal computers
Personal computers
Camera controllers
Robotic cameras
Audio mixing consoles
Sound mixing equipment
Stage or projection or studio lighting system
Studio lighting systems
Tablet computers
Tablet computers
Visual presenters
Teleprompters
Vectorscope
Vectorscopes
Video editors
Video editing equipment
Oscilloscopes
Waveform monitors
Communications and Media
87%
Importance

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

English Language
80%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Telecommunications
75%
Importance

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Computers and Electronics
73%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Production and Processing
70%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Administration and Management
68%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Customer and Personal Service
63%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Fine Arts
61%
Importance

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Engineering and Technology
57%
Importance

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Personnel and Human Resources
55%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Active Listening
78%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking
75%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension
72%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking
69%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Coordination
69%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management
69%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Monitoring
66%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making
63%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Writing
60%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning
60%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Oral Comprehension
78%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
78%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Speech Clarity
75%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Deductive Reasoning
72%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Speech Recognition
72%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Written Expression
69%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Fluency of Ideas
69%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Originality
69%
Importance

The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Inductive Reasoning
69%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Getting Information
86%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Thinking Creatively
82%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
82%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
80%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Interacting With Computers
78%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
76%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
76%
Importance

Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
75%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
73%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
69%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Create computer-generated graphics or animation.

Direct productions or performances.

Coordinate activities of production personnel.

Study scripts to determine project requirements.

Edit audio or video recordings.

Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.

Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.

Coordinate artistic activities.

Determine presentation subjects or content.

Select materials or props.

Compile technical information or documentation.

Direct fundraising or financing activities.

Collaborate with others to prepare or perform artistic productions.

Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.

Select staff, team members, or performers.

Review details of technical drawings or specifications.

Negotiate for services.

Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.

Prepare production storyboards.

Promote products, activities, or organizations.

Inform viewers, listeners, or audiences.

Electronic Mail

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Work With Work Group or Team

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Time Pressure

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Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Spend Time Sitting

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Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

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Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Major
Radio and Television
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Directing and Theatrical Production
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Film/Cinema/Media Studies
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Enterprising

Score: 95 / 100

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Artistic

Score: 90 / 100

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Social

Score: 52 / 100

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Conventional

Score: 48 / 100

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Realistic

Score: 29 / 100

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Investigative

Score: 24 / 100

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Attention to Detail
95%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Dependability
93%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Cooperation
93%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Leadership
90%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Initiative
87%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Stress Tolerance
86%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Achievement/Effort
86%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Persistence
85%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Independence
84%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Adaptability/Flexibility
83%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Independence
95%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Relationships
76%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Working Conditions
71%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Support
38%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Career
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Music Directors
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