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Talent Directors

Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.   (O'Net 27-2012.04)

 
Reported job titles:   Artist and Repertoire Manager, Artistic Associate, Artistic Director, Casting Agent, Casting Assistant, Casting Associate   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Producers and Directors which includes:
                          - Producers
                          - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
                          - Program Directors
                          - Talent Directors
                          - Technical Directors/Managers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 15.12   $ 17.95   $ 24.78   $ 31.53   $ 39.69   $ 27.97  
    Yearly $31,450   $37,340   $51,540   $65,580   $82,560   $58,170  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 16.79   $ 20.24   $ 28.05   $ 34.91   $ 54.35   $ 32.11  
    Yearly $34,930   $42,090   $58,350   $72,620   $113,040   $66,780  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.50   $ 15.65   $ 20.01   $ 25.48   $ 33.21   $ 21.18  
    Yearly $26,010   $32,560   $41,630   $53,000   $69,080   $44,050  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.22   $ 15.39   $ 17.95   $ 25.15   $ 29.33   $ 20.47  
    Yearly $25,420   $32,010   $37,330   $52,310   $61,010   $42,570  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Producers and Directors which includes:
                                  - Producers
                                  - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
                                  - Program Directors
                                  - Talent Directors
                                  - Technical Directors/Managers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 471 487 0.3% 17
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Producers and Directors which includes:
                                - Producers
                                - Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
                                - Program Directors
                                - Talent Directors
                                - Technical Directors/Managers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Motion picture, video, and sound recording industries 26.7%
    Broadcasting (except Internet) 23.2%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 20.7%
    Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries 8.4%
    Advertising, public relations, and related services 5.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Talent Directors
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors  updated December 2006
     


    Knowledge
    for Talent Directors
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  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Psychology - 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.
     
  • Sales and Marketing - 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.
     
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors  updated December 2006
     


    Skills
    for Talent Directors
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Talent Directors
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors  updated December 2006
     


    Work Activities
    for Talent Directors
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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - 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 - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources - Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors  updated December 2006
     


    Interests
    for Talent Directors
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Talent Directors
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors  updated December 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Talent Directors
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Talent Directors
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors  updated December 2006
     


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    offering instructional programs related to Talent Directors
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Directing and Theatrical Production.
     
    • Radio and Television.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    Related Occupations
    Occupations with skill requirements similar to Talent Directors
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  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
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  • Advertising Sales Agents
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  • Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
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  • Copy Writers
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  • Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio
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  • Human Resources Specialists
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Talent Directors 
     

     
     
     
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