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Talent Directors
SOC Code: 27-2012.04

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

Sample of reported job titles: Artistic Associate, Artistic Director, Casting Agent, Casting Assistant, Casting Associate, Casting Coordinator, Casting Director, Extras Casting Director

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Locate performers or extras for crowd and background scenes, and stand-ins or photo doubles for actors, by direct contact or through agents.

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software - Appointment scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software - AgencyPro; Database software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Video creation and editing software - Video content editing software
  • Web page creation and editing software - Blogging software; Website development software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • 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
  • Personal computers
  • Scanners - Computer data input scanners
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Tablet computers

Knowledge

  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • English Language - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - 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.

Skills

  • Active Listening - 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Originality - 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - 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 - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Fluency of Ideas - 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).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).

Interests

  • Interest code: EA
    • Enterprising - 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 - 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.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 98% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Electronic Mail - 98% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 93% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 83% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 81% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 90% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 84% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 78% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 72% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 76% responded “Very important results.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 79% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 72% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 76% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 78% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Level of Competition - 32% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 27% responded “Every day.”
  • Letters and Memos - 70% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 70% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 13% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 65% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Consequence of Error - 25% responded “Fairly serious.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
36%Bachelor's degree
26%Some college, no degree
20%High school diploma or equivalent

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence - 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.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • Achievement - 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 - 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.
  • Recognition - 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $34.43 hourly, $71,620 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 135,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 14,100

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