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Talent Director

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

Talent Directors Career Video

About This Career

Auditions and interviews performers to select 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:

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

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
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • 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:

  • Artistic Director — Conceives, develops, and implements the artistic vision and focus of a theatre company.
  • Casting Agent
  • Casting Coordinator — Solidifies a venue and schedules audition times and talent for a Casting Director concerning an upcoming project.
  • Casting Director
  • Extras Casting Director
  • Model Booker
  • Talent Scout
  • Talent Producer


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  • North Dakota Career Resource Network
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