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Costume Attendants

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Select, fit, and take care of costumes for cast members, and aid entertainers. May assist with multiple costume changes during performances.

    Work Activities
    • Create worksheets for dressing lists, show notes, or costume checks.
    • Provide dressing assistance to cast members or assign cast dressers to assist specific cast members with costume changes.
    • Arrange costumes in order of use to facilitate quick-change procedures for performances.
    • Examine costume fit on cast members and sketch or write notes for alterations.
    • Design or construct costumes or send them to tailors for construction, major repairs, or alterations.
    • Distribute costumes or related equipment and keep records of item status.
    • Check the appearance of costumes on stage or under lights to determine whether desired effects are being achieved.
    • Clean and press costumes before and after performances and perform any minor repairs.
    • Collaborate with production designers, costume designers, or other production staff to discuss and execute costume design details.
    • Monitor, maintain, or secure inventories of costumes, wigs, or makeup, providing keys or access to assigned directors, costume designers, or wardrobe mistresses/masters.
    • Purchase, rent, or requisition costumes or other wardrobe necessities.
    • Direct the work of wardrobe crews during dress rehearsals or performances.
    • Participate in the hiring, training, scheduling, or supervision of alteration workers.
    • Provide managers with budget recommendations and take responsibility for budgetary line items related to costumes, storage, or makeup needs.
    • Assign lockers to employees and maintain locker rooms, dressing rooms, wig rooms, or costume storage or laundry areas.
    • Study books, pictures, or examples of period clothing to determine styles worn during specific periods in history.
    • Return borrowed or rented items when productions are complete and return other items to storage.
    • Review scripts or other production information to determine a story's locale or period, as well as the number of characters and required costumes.
    • Inventory stock to determine types or conditions of available costuming.
    • Recommend vendors and monitor their work.
    • Care for non-clothing items, such as flags, table skirts, or draperies.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

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

    • Oral Expression

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

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge
    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $34,340/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.51/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 110
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Innovation
    • Attention to Detail
    Tools
    • Tape measures
    • Multi tool pliers
    • Glue guns
    • Domestic sewing machines
    • Combination pliers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Inventory management software
    • Internet browser software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.