A stage director sets up a live theatrical production and collaborates
with artists and technicians to create a story for the audience.
According to the American Association of Community Theaters, the
director "has the challenging task of bringing together the many
complex pieces of a production--the script, actors, set, costuming,
lighting and sound and music--into a unified whole."
Education and Experience
There are no official education requirements for being a stage director, but many have a
bachelor of fine arts in theater or masters of fine arts in directing. Directors must be
very familiar with all aspects of theater, so it is helpful to have acted and also been on the
technical crew of a show.
Directors must have strong leadership skills and high emotional intelligence so that they
can interact with other artists and also bring characters to life through the actors. They
must be organized, creative and willing to work long hours. They must also understand
budgets and be able to work within them.
Some people think that a director is still involved in the production after it has opened.
However, a director's job is over once the show has opened. The stage manager ensures
that the show remains the same and also leads rehearsals for understudies and
replacement actors. The director may visit the show occasionally maybe to give notes to
A director's work starts long before rehearsals begin. First, they read
the script to understand the playwright's vision. Next, they cast
characters to each person. Through the rehearsal process, they help the
actors understand their characters. They also block the actors, meaning
that she tells them where to stand in each scene. As opening night
approaches, they then check on music,
lights, costumes and sets so that they all work together smoothly.
Many radio presenters start their careers in local radio, often making drinks or
working as receptionists to begin with. Although there is no set route to becoming a
radio presenter it is important to have a keen interest in music, a willingness to
start at the bottom and to be prepared to initially work unsociable hours.
Many radio presenters will work alongside a producer to develop their shows. It is
important to work well with others and have lots of ideas. The presenter is
responsible for playing the music, talking between the songs and interviewing any
guests on the show. The presenter will usually work in the office of the radio
station before their show starts in order to prepare any scripts or interviews.
No formal education is required to become a radio presenter. Some presenters
come from media or journalism backgrounds and have taken related courses at
school or college. Others may work their way up via different jobs at the station.
It is valuable to gain as much presenting experience as possible.
To get a job as a radio presenter the station manager will want to hear a demo. This
is a CD or MP3 of you presenting a radio show. In the first stages you should
record yourself talking about something that you are interested in. This will give
the station controller an insight into your personality. This does not have to be
professionally made and should simply show your skills
All presenters must have excellent communication skills.
A presenter will need to be confident, work well under
pressure and have great listening skills. Although some
technical skills such as being able to work a sound desk
may be useful, many presenters learn this on the job.
There are many aspects to photography. First, decide what branch you wish to
explore. Is it wedding photography? Is it child photography? Is it fashion, or even
They all have much in common but they are all different in the skills and the mind
set they need. Photography needs to be approached as a business and with the mind
set of a business man. Talent and creativity may help you get far but having an open
mind will get you further than you think.
Qualifications of being a photographer:
A degree is essential in photography as it would increase your chances of getting a
job at a well known company and probably increase your salary. For becoming a
photographer you need to know how to work a camera and how to take steady
pictures of moving objects such as birds without scaring them away, if this is not
easy for you then you will find it harder to get a job as a photographer.
Skills and Personal Qualities
• Be creative, with a good eye.
• Be motivated and determined.
• Be reliable and able to meet deadline.
• Have computer skills, especially with computer programs such as Photoshop.
• Have excellent technical and photographic skills.
• Have good communication skills.
• Be able to focus on getting s good picture no matter what is going on around
What is work like?
Professional photographers take pictures of people, events places and objects.
Their work can appear anywhere from newspapers to magazines.
They cover a wide range of different tasks. Each job – or shoot will be different,
and how individual photographer spend their time might also depend on the area in
which they work in.
Fashion designers design clothes for designer labels or for the mass
production clothing industries. They might specialise in leisurewear,
beachwear, lingerie or wedding outfits. They may also design accessories,
A designer might work as part of a fashion house or as part of an in-house
design team employed by a retail chain. Self-employment is also a possibility,
sending samples of their design to buyers, shops, agents or trade fairs, and
employing workers to put together garments.
Work activities such as contributing to deciding trends, testing designs
and using mannequins, dealing with problems that may arise with their
designs when the clothes go into final production and lots more.
Knowledge of trends and markets from visiting fashion shows, prediction
fairs and exhibitions. Also understanding of pattern cutting the properties
of different fabrics and manufacturing techniques. Knowing the history of
fashion/ style is essential and colour co-ordination.
Skills and Qualities.
You need many skills such as communication, personal and negotiation skills.
Also technical skills such as drawing, computer based skills; business and
marketing skills. A person should be artistic and creative, able to pay attention
to colour detail, texture and pattern. All of these are necessary including;
• the ability to immerse yourself in the 'clients' world
• creating and refining design skills
• persuasive presentation skills
• pattern-cutting and sewing skills
• networking and problem solving skills
• costing and budgeting skills
• business/marketing skills
• time/project management skills.
• Stamina and the ability to work under
A choreographer is a professional performance artist who designs and
communicates sequences of movement through dance, either for a solo dancer,
pair of dancers or an entire company of dancers, most often set to music or
other forms of rhythm such as drums. A choreographer is referred to as a
person who created or staged dances.
The choreographer is generally responsible for
holding dance auditions for the particular piece
of dance they are choreographing. Strong
physical stamina is necessary as is the ability to
work long hours.
Most choreographers are former dancers so the ability to relate to those who
are dancing the steps is critical. The primary focus of a choreographer is to tell
stories or express a mood or feeling through rhythm and movement.
A successful choreographer should be able to create and stage dances for a
variety of different spaces such as a large concert hall, opera house, and
sometimes outdoor performance spaces. The ability to work with large groups of
people, communicate clearly and effectively and collaborate as part of a team is
Although there are no educational requirements to be a choreographer, most
successful choreographers have a degree in dance or performance and have
been training from a very young age, particularly those who wish to
choreograph classical ballet.
A choreographer should have self-discipline, perseverance and respect. The
ability to demonstrate strong leadership and effective results in the
dancers' performance is critical.
Art Gallery Curator
Art gallery curators are responsible for managing collections of objects of artistic,
historical and general interest. In a large gallery they might
specialise, perhaps in art history, while in a smaller gallery they
would have a broader role. Much of the job involves acquiring
objects, researching, and identifying them, often on computer.
Curators are also responsible for ensuring the correct storage
As an art gallery curator, your work would
• Researching, identifying and cataloguing paintings and other items
• Making sure paintings and other items are stores in the right conditions
• Organising displays
• Answering visitors’ questions
• Giving talks to groups, schools and other conventions.
• Finding ways of attracting visitors to the gallery
• Negotiating funding and the loan of paintings and other items
You may also be responsible for staffing issues, security and publcity.
Skills and Qualifications needed to be an art curator:
You normally need a degree in a relevant subject such as art or art history. Minimum
requirements for degree courses are five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two A levels/
Advanced Highers/three Higher grades, or their equivalent such as AS levels, a
BTEC/SQA national diploma/certificate, or AVCEs. Some courses specify particular
subjects and grades..
To become a curator, you are also likely to need a postgraduate qualification, which
usually takes one year to complete
You will also need some voluntary work experience in a gallery environment..
Some galleries recruit from outside the profession, including people experienced in
accountancy, administration or marketing.