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Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.

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

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • 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.

    • 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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