Talent Director  What They Do

Just the Facts


Auditions and interviews performers to select the most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Performing Arts pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Reviews performer information, such as photos, resumes, voice tapes, videos, and union membership, to decide whom to audition for parts.
  • Reads scripts and confers with producers to determine the types and numbers of performers required for a given production.
  • Selects performers for roles or submits lists of suitable performers to producers or directors for final selection.
  • Auditions and interviews performers to match their attributes to specific roles or to increase the pool of available acting talent.
  • Maintains talent files that include information such as performers' specialties, past performances, and availability.
  • Prepares actors for auditions by providing scripts and information about roles and casting requirements.
  • Serves as liaisons between directors, actors, and agents.
  • Attends or views productions to maintain knowledge of available actors.
  • Negotiates contract agreements with performers, with agents, or between performers and agents or production companies.
  • Contacts agents and actors to provide notification of audition and performance opportunities and to set up audition times.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Casting Coordinator -- Solidifies a venue and schedules audition times and talent for a Casting Director concerning an upcoming project.
  • Production Director -- Brings together the many complex pieces of a production - the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting and sound and music - into a unified whole.