Costume Attendants

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About the Job

Select, fit, and take care of costumes for cast members, and aid entertainers. May assist with multiple costume changes during performances.

It is also Called

  • Clothing Supervisor
  • Costume Cutter
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Draper
  • Costume Mistress
  • Costumer
  • Costumer Assistant
  • Costume Seamstress
  • Costume Shop Manager
  • Costume Specialist

What They Do

  • Care for non-clothing items, such as flags, table skirts, or draperies.
  • Participate in the hiring, training, scheduling, or supervision of alteration workers.
  • Provide managers with budget recommendations and take responsibility for budgetary line items related to costumes, storage, or makeup needs.
  • Study books, pictures, or examples of period clothing to determine styles worn during specific periods in history.
  • Recommend vendors and monitor their work.
  • Review scripts or other production information to determine a story's locale or period, as well as the number of characters and required costumes.
  • Examine costume fit on cast members and sketch or write notes for alterations.
  • Direct the work of wardrobe crews during dress rehearsals or performances.
  • Create worksheets for dressing lists, show notes, or costume checks.
  • Monitor, maintain, or secure inventories of costumes, wigs, or makeup, providing keys or access to assigned directors, costume designers, or wardrobe mistresses/masters.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $38,300 with most people making between $18,970 and $58,460

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 100 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 100 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.