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Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.
 Technology used in this occupation:
 
  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Review performer information, such as photos, resumes, voice tapes, videos, and union membership, to decide whom to audition for parts.
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  • Read scripts and confer with producers to determine the types and numbers of performers required for a given production.
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  • Select performers for roles or submit lists of suitable performers to producers or directors for final selection.
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  • Audition and interview performers to match their attributes to specific roles or to increase the pool of available acting talent.
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  • Maintain talent files that include information such as performers' specialties, past performances, and availability.
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  • Prepare actors for auditions by providing scripts and information about roles and casting requirements.
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  • Serve as liaisons between directors, actors, and agents.
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  • Attend or view productions to maintain knowledge of available actors.
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  • Negotiate contract agreements with performers, with agents, or between performers and agents or production companies.
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  • Contact agents and actors to provide notification of audition and performance opportunities and to set up audition times.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $120,843.00 $58.10  $24.65  $29.08 - $69.92 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $144,426.00 $69.44  $26.23  $30.71 - $81.37 
    Danbury $61,683.00 $29.66  $18.11  $18.72 - $30.33 
    Hartford $110,209.00 $52.98  $25.74  $30.18 - $69.92 
    New Haven $79,409.00 $38.18  $20.51  $25.73 - $44.37 
    New London/Norwich $93,542.00 $44.97  $22.73  $25.17 - $50.61 
    Waterbury $106,066.00 $51.00  $22.12  $24.94 - $49.63 
    Torrington $67,571.00 $32.48  $21.00  $25.03 - $33.86 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   254
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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