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Talent Directors

Also called: Casting Director, Artistic Director, Casting Associate, Casting Assistant

What they do:
Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Communications
  • multimedia
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • bringing people together to solve differences

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • create new and original ideas
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • AgencyPro Software
  • Database software
Web page creation and editing software
  • Blogging software
  • Website development software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$71,350
per year, on average
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