Description: The Casting Director is responsible for auditioning actor candidates for a given role in a film or television production, and presenting them to the director or producer of the project. They must determine whether an actor fits the look of a character as well as whether or not that particular actor would be believable in the role they are casting.
Knowledge Required: Film and television production, acting, business management
Skills: Eye for talent, good memory, patience, communication, contract negotiation
Career Path: Becoming a casting director usually means starting at the bottom in the industry. Look for an internship or informal apprenticeship with a casting agency, or a casting director who would take on another assistant or low-level helper.
Best Cities for this job: Employment is generally centered in New York and Los Angeles. However, small studios and independent opportunities exist throughout the country.
Median Annual Income: National: $57,201 California: $88,610
Future Growth: Wage and salary employment in the motion picture and video industries is projected to grow 14 percent between 2008 and 2018.
From the field: "You have to create a safe environment for that person to feel like they can be that character and test things and try things that maybe feel a little big or alien or weird or scary to try." - Justine Baddeley, Casting DirectorView more Day in the Life videos »