What does a Talent Director do?
Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.
- Review performer information, such as photos, resumes, voice tapes, videos, and union membership, to decide whom to audition for parts.
- Read scripts and confer with producers to determine the types and numbers of performers required for a given production.
- Select performers for roles or submit lists of suitable performers to producers or directors for final selection.
- Audition and interview performers to match their attributes to specific roles or to increase the pool of available acting talent.
- Maintain talent files that include information such as performers' specialties, past performances, and availability.
- Prepare actors for auditions by providing scripts and information about roles and casting requirements.
- Serve as liaisons between directors, actors, and agents.
- Attend or view productions to maintain knowledge of available actors.
- Negotiate contract agreements with performers, with agents, or between performers and agents or production companies.
- Contact agents and actors to provide notification of audition and performance opportunities and to set up audition times.
- Hire and supervise workers who help locate people with specified attributes and talents.
- Arrange for or design screen tests or auditions for prospective performers.
- Locate performers or extras for crowd and background scenes, and stand-ins or photo doubles for actors, by direct contact or through agents.