Talent Directors

Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.

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

Review performer information, such as photos, resumes, voice tapes, videos, and union membership, to decide whom to audition for parts.

Read scripts and confer with producers to determine the types and numbers of performers required for a given production.

Select performers for roles or submit lists of suitable performers to producers or directors for final selection.

Audition and interview performers to match their attributes to specific roles or to increase the pool of available acting talent.

Maintain talent files that include information such as performers' specialties, past performances, and availability.

Prepare actors for auditions by providing scripts and information about roles and casting requirements.

Serve as liaisons between directors, actors, and agents.

Attend or view productions to maintain knowledge of available actors.

Negotiate contract agreements with performers, with agents, or between performers and agents or production companies.

Contact agents and actors to provide notification of audition and performance opportunities and to set up audition times.

Hire and supervise workers who help locate people with specified attributes and talents.

Arrange for or design screen tests or auditions for prospective performers.

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
AgencyPro
Calendar and scheduling software
Appointment scheduling software
Web page creation and editing software
Blogging software
Electronic mail software
Email software
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Video creation and editing software
Video content editing software
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Scanners
Computer data input scanners
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital video cameras
Digital video disk players or recorders
Digital video disk DVD players
Laser fax machine
Laser facsimile machines
Special purpose telephones
Multi-line telephone systems
Personal computers
Personal computers
Tablet computers
Tablet computers
Fine Arts
72%
Importance

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

English Language
71%
Importance

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

Customer and Personal Service
68%
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.

Communications and Media
61%
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.

Administration and Management
53%
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.

Computers and Electronics
52%
Importance

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

Clerical
50%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Sales and Marketing
41%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Psychology
39%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Telecommunications
38%
Importance

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

Reading Comprehension
75%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening
75%
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.

Social Perceptiveness
72%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking
69%
Importance

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

Monitoring
69%
Importance

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

Time Management
69%
Importance

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

Judgment and Decision Making
66%
Importance

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

Coordination
63%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Negotiation
63%
Importance

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Oral Expression
81%
Importance

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

Oral Comprehension
78%
Importance

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

Written Comprehension
78%
Importance

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

Written Expression
72%
Importance

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

Inductive Reasoning
72%
Importance

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

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.

Deductive Reasoning
69%
Importance

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

Problem Sensitivity
66%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Speech Clarity
66%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Speech Recognition
63%
Importance

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
95%
Importance

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

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
94%
Importance

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
93%
Importance

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

Thinking Creatively
90%
Importance

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

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
86%
Importance

Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Getting Information
83%
Importance

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

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
81%
Importance

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

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
81%
Importance

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

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
79%
Importance

Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Monitoring and Controlling Resources
76%
Importance

Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.

Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.

Study scripts to determine project requirements.

Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.

Select staff, team members, or performers.

Maintain records, documents, or other files.

Coordinate logistics for productions or events.

Monitor current trends.

Negotiate for services.

Telephone

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Electronic Mail

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Contact With Others

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Time Pressure

How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

Face-to-Face Discussions

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Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Coordinate or Lead Others

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

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

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: 100 / 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: 81 / 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.

Conventional

Score: 52 / 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.

Social

Score: 48 / 100

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

Realistic

Score: 24 / 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: 19 / 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
92%
Importance

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

Dependability
91%
Importance

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

Stress Tolerance
87%
Importance

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

Adaptability/Flexibility
84%
Importance

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

Cooperation
82%
Importance

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

Self Control
82%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Initiative
82%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Persistence
77%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Leadership
74%
Importance

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

Independence
74%
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.

Achievement
76%
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.

Recognition
71%
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.

Independence
67%
Importance

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

Support
43%
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
Advertising and Promotions Managers
Editors
Advertising Sales Agents
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
Copy Writers
Radio and Television Announcers
Training and Development Managers
Human Resources Managers
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors
Human Resources Specialists