How to Become a Talent Director

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The talent director, also known as the artistic director or casting director, has the main purpose of helping the director select the actors that will appear in a film or media production. They review clips, pictures, and the resumes of the potential actors and conduct casting calls, interviews, callbacks, and also keeps files on all of the applicants. Their responsibility is large, as a cast can truly make or a break a film.

Because of the rigorous nature of the talent director position, it is important that a talent director has a degree from an accredited film school, usually in either media production or the visual arts. This degree helps considerably with inclusion into the Casting Society of America, or CSA, which helps tremendously with procuring employment as a talent director.

The skill set that a talent director must have is the ability to work well with all types of directors as well as manage large numbers of actors at once. A talent director must have above average administrative skills (or an assistant with such skill) to keep up with auditions and casting calls. Information processing skills are also essential, as many decisions of the talent director must be made on the fly. Along with these more generic skills, the ability to recognize acting talent is crucial, a skill which a film degree will undoubtedly help with. Many talent directors work for large media companies such as Warner Bros. or Paramount Motion Pictures, but some also open casting agencies or acting schools as a free-lance business.


Talent Director Salary

Talent directors are responsible for seeking out, auditioning and casting performers for various talent parts. Talent directors are employed in many different industries, but most commonly stage productions, film, television and radio. They work closely with producers in order to determine the specific attributes and numbers of performers they need for a production. On average, talent directors earn $67,000 per year.*

*According to Onetonline.org

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