Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Television Producer
  • Television Newscast Director
  • Television Director (TV Director)
  • Technical Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Stage Director
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Arranger
  • Production Stage Manager
  • Producer

What They Do

  • Introduce plays, and meet with audiences after shows to explain how the play was interpreted.
  • Perform producers' duties such as securing financial backing, establishing and administering budgets, and recruiting cast and crew.
  • Promote and market productions by giving interviews, participating in talk shows, and making other public appearances.
  • Create and approve storyboards in conjunction with art directors.
  • Review film daily to check on work in progress and to plan for future filming.
  • Compile scripts, program notes, and other material related to productions.
  • Hold auditions for parts or negotiate contracts with actors determined suitable for specific roles, working in conjunction with producers.
  • Confer with stage managers to arrange schedules for rehearsals, costume fittings, and sound/light development.
  • Interpret stage-set diagrams to determine stage layouts, and supervise placement of equipment and scenery.
  • Cut and edit film or tape to integrate component parts into desired sequences.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Recognition and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $90,240 with most people making between $31,650 and $187,040

Outlook

0.82%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 122,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 136,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 1,000 openings due to growth and about 48,000 replacement openings for approximately 49,000 total annual openings.