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Real-Life Director Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Director field.
ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33678 Owner Female 45 $25,000 tacoma, WA 01/01/2010
33668 Director Of Public Relations/Environmental Communications Female 35 $25,000 gary, IN 01/01/2010
33601 Area Director Of Revenue Management Female 47 $100,000 wilkins township, PA 01/01/2010
33585 Store Director Female 30 $51,000 Oconomowoc, WI 01/01/2010
33406 Music Director Female 30 $25,000 long beach, CA 01/01/2010

Overview

Steven Spielberg. Alfred Hitchcock. Quentin Tarantino. These three individuals are all famous directors that you have likely heard of. But what exactly do they do?

The director oversees the making of a production. This can include films, television programs, music videos, theatre productions, and more. The job of the director begins well before the cameras ever turn on. In preproduction, this individual plays a vital role in selecting the cast members and making sure that everyone has what they need in order for filming to begin. During the filming process or creation of a production, the director puts on his or her creative hat and provides guidance to ensure that the vision is being executed by all of the actors and performers involved.

While an individual cannot just jump into the role of director, the career path to this position varies greatly. Some directors receive formal training at film school. Others learned the industry as they started out as actors, screenwriters, or film editors.

Would you like even more information on what it is really like to work as a director? We interviewed professional directors to get the inside scoop on this career path, from salaries to recommended qualifications. Simply check out the career profiles below to learn more.

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Steven Spielberg. Alfred Hitchcock. Quentin Tarantino. These three individuals are all famous directors that you have likely heard of. But what exactly do they do?

The director oversees the making of a production. This can include films, television programs, music videos, theatre productions, and more. The job of the director begins well before the cameras ever turn on. In preproduction, this individual plays a vital role in selecting the cast members and making sure that everyone has what they need in order for filming to begin. During the filming process or creation of a production, the director puts on his or her creative hat and provides guidance to ensure that the vision is being executed by all of the actors and performers involved.

While an individual cannot just jump into the role of director, the career path to this position varies greatly. Some directors receive formal training at film school. Others learned the industry as they started out as actors, screenwriters, or film editors.

Would you like even more information on what it is really like to work as a director? We interviewed professional directors to get the inside scoop on this career path, from salaries to recommended qualifications. Simply check out the career profiles below to learn more.

Example Job Titles for Director

Below is a list of common job titles in the Director field. Click the links below for more information about these job titles, or view the next section for actual real-life job profiles.

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Common Matching Personality Types

Which personalities tend to succeed and thrive in Director careers? Based on our research, there is a relatively strong positive correlation between the following personality types and Director career satisfaction. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t many exceptions, of course, but if you fit into one of the following personality types then we suggest you give strong consideration to a career in Director.

16 Types (Myers-Briggs)

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ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33678 Owner Female 45 $25,000 tacoma, WA 01/01/2010
33668 Director Of Public Relations/Environmental Communications Female 35 $25,000 gary, IN 01/01/2010
33601 Area Director Of Revenue Management Female 47 $100,000 wilkins township, PA 01/01/2010
33585 Store Director Female 30 $51,000 Oconomowoc, WI 01/01/2010
33406 Music Director Female 30 $25,000 long beach, CA 01/01/2010

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