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Become A Director In Austin, TX

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Working As A Director In Austin, TX

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $116,940

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.


Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Director

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.


Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.


As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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325 Director jobs

Austin, TX
Director ofFormation

$116,940 Estimated

Q2 Software, Inc.
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Director, DevOps

$116,940 Estimated

Texas Education Agency
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Director V (State Director of Reading) -cc9-B30-1624

$116,940 Estimated

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Provider Network Mgt Dir

$140,960 Estimated

Austin, TX
Portfolio Director - PS6196

$116,940 Estimated

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NCQA Accreditation Director PS6412

$116,940 Estimated

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Director of Diversity and Inclusion

$116,940 Estimated

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Austin, TX
Dir Learning Architecture

$115,000 Estimated

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Austin, TX
Dir Learning Architecture

$115,000 Estimated

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Director II - Director of Recruitment

$115,030 Estimated

Process Industry Practices
Austin, TX
Associate Director

$98,606 Estimated

Austin, TX
Executive Director

$140,582 Estimated

Ascension Health
Austin, TX
Finance Director

$85,347 Estimated

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
Director of Development - Director of Foundation Relations

$90,928 Estimated

Austin, TX
Art Director

$52,291 Estimated

Austin, TX
Assistant Director

$61,870 Estimated

Austin, TX
Development Director

$90,928 Estimated

Austin, TX
Technical Director

$126,500 Estimated

St. Edwards University
Austin, TX
Residence Director

$23,950 Estimated

Walnut Hills Nursing and Rehab
Austin, TX
Marketing Director

$95,098 Estimated

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Real Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $600,000
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Jun 13, 2016 $600,000
Director Mousse Partners Limited New York, NY Mar 30, 2015 $560,000
Director Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH Jan 11, 2016 $528,000 -
Surgical Director Lung Transplantation & Ecmo Massachusetts General Physician's Organization Boston, MA Jul 15, 2015 $500,000
Director Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $400,000
Investment Director Besen Ainslie LLC New York, NY Feb 10, 2016 $393,121
Investment Director Besen Ainslie LLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $393,121
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP Arlington, VA Aug 30, 2016 $391,300
Director Deloitte Consulting LLP Dallas, TX Aug 05, 2015 $380,000
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Top Skills for A Director


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Top Director Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Strategic Plan
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with Central Billing Office to design policy and procedures for billing and collections processes per legal guidelines.
  • Prepare financial projections and operating budgets utilizing historical financial statements.
  • Develop strategic model to align with the company's strategic plan to capture expected product profitability for the whole retail business.
  • Managed a 45,000 square foot outpatient care facility consisting of 24 general and specialty physicians and 113 support staff.
  • Perform all administrative tasks including processing enrollments, attendance, health, and safety records.

Top Director Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Director

  1. Marketing and Communications
  2. Aramark
  3. YMCA
  4. The Goddard School
  5. Kaiser Permanente
  6. American Express
  7. Materials Management
  8. Comcast
  9. Sun Tan City
  10. Pricewaterhousecoopers
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