Inside Director Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"I Did Not Realize How Much Paper Work Comes Along With This Job, It Really Can Be A Draw Back...
The field is fun and challenging, day to day duties are hard at time, the pay is decent" (Communication Leader; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Communications at Kilgore College in Texas; completed Associate degree in 2012

"Co-Workers All Show Passion For Art...
What has surprised me the most is the people I work with on a daily basis. They care about art as much as I do and are as passionate about studying it and passing that knowledge onto other people. I also was surprised by how many young people are interested in art." (Museum Director; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Museum Studies at Northern Illinois University in Illinois; completed Master degree in 2010

"Bachelor's Degree Opens Up More Opportunities, Especially In Management...
I was surprised at the number of people working in my field who did not have college degrees. I was aware that many broadcasters were not college educated, but I was surprised that many in management also had no degree. This made my path in management a little easier as most owners/corporate HR directors felt more at ease hiring me into management since I had a bachelor's degree in my field." (Program Director; 2013)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in New Jersey, male
School: Studied Communications-Radio/TV/Film at Rowan University in New Jersey; completed Bachelor degree in 1988

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Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Management at Sunny Fredonia in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 1989

"It Was Astonishing How Fast Things Move Once A Script Is Received...
The biggest surprise came with an offer to assistant direct for Jimmy Kimmel live. I had worked hard doing short films, but funnily the opportunity came knocking when I did a favor for a friend with no money. Karma at its fullest!" (Directing/Writing; 2013)

Career: 8 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Film at California State University Of Long Beach in California; completed Bachelor degree in 2007

"Gotta Pay A Lot Of Dues...
I was surprised by how much time you have to put in to being an assistant, even after you achieve your degree. There are so few teaching jobs to go around, that I may have to put in another couple of years as a Teaching assistant in order for the right job to open up." (Film Teaching Assistant; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Film Studies at Hnter IMA in New York; completed Master degree in 2012

"What surprised me most about my profession is the day to day adapting that is necessary. Each day is different and if you choose this profession you must be willing and able to work on the fly." (Program Director; 2012)

Career: 7 years of experience, male
School: Studied Communications at University Of Illinois-Chicago in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 2004

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Program Director: "The best part of my career is meeting all of the wonderful people in the community and entertaining our listeners. I wake up everyday and I am thankful for my career. I absolutely love what I do and I think that is a key to happiness. The worst part of my career is the salary. If I could make more money, I would be completely happy with my lifestyle. It's a tough road to make it to Program Director and I worked for half of what I make now." (2011)

Career Tips

"Be You...
To get ahead as a director, success must always be on the top of the mind and tip of the tongue. Never hesitate to help someone in your field, as it is simply more practice to refine your craft. Practice makes perfect, never falter to create art and visions of what you see. Create whatever you'd like, and NEVER listen to criticism before the work is done." (Directing/Writing; 2013)

"Research, All Your Communication Options, They Can Really Help You Narrow Down Your Career Field...
To start your career, it would be a good idea to talk to several people in that field already, get their opinions of what they do on a day to day bases, having the knowledge from others can help you make the right decision for your future" (Communication Leader; 2013)

"Don't Harass Anybody...
Update your resume often." (Arts Director; 2013)

"Networking During Internship Pays Off...
Make sure you utilize all of your time when you do your internship to learn and get as much experience as possible. Talk to as many people within the field as you can, because they will help you get your foot in the door of a museum so that you can start earning that experience that everyone wants for a directorship." (Museum Director; 2013)

"Experience Is Just As Or More Important Than The Classroom...
No matter which media career you choose, it's important to gain experience as quickly as possible. Classroom instruction from a professor who has worked in the business is great, but it's the real world experience that will teach you what you really need to know. There are plenty of opportunities, even if it means working at a student run organization on campus." (Program Director; 2013)

"Overnight Success Unlikely...
1. If you are looking to become famous overnight or make a ton of money, look elsewhere. 2. Network, network, network. I can't believe the connections I have made in the radio business over the years and the relationships I have built in the community. 3. Do whatever you can when you start your career. As a program director, my favorite young announcer is a person who always tries to go above and beyond what I ask from them. 4. Make yourself valuable - Learn a variety of skills so you can be utilized by the company in a variety of ways. It makes you more valuable when the company is looking at making cuts." (Program Director; 2011)