CAREER

Producers and Directors

Overview

Salary Median (2019)

$74,420

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+10% (faster than the average)

Career

What Producers and Directors Do

Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

Other Job Titles Producers and Directors May Have

Artistic Director, Director, Executive Producer, News Producer, Newscast Producer, Producer, Radio Producer, Technical Director, Television News Producer, Television Producer (TV Producer)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Creator ,

Freestyle Love Supreme

Most of my time is spent preparing for shows and coming up with new ideas. On the nights I have a performance, I along with five other performers take the crowd on a non-stop, hip-hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers.

Producer/Production Manager ,

Focus Features

Most days start with meeting up with the Directors and crew to discuss the day's activities. This can be anything from reviewing footage, scouting locations, arranging permits, to actual filming with crew on location. Every day is different, and sometimes can be very hectic, but it's always interesting.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
  • Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
  • Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
  • Direct live broadcasts, films and recordings, or non-broadcast programming for public entertainment or education.
  • Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.

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