Directors make many of the creative decisions that bring a dramatic production to life. They have a part in almost every aspect of producing a play, film, or TV program. They must be creative artists as well as knowledgeable technicians. Active onstage and behind the scenes, they interpret scripts, communicate their vision to set and costume designers, audition and select cast members, manage rehearsals, and coach actors.
Directors work closely with actors, designers, choreographers, and playwrights to manage the planning and production of theatrical works, including plays, films, musicals, and TV programs.
Because directing jobs can be few and far between, many directors have jobs in other fields to pay the bills.
Creative, organized, good with people, patient, determined, and able to deal with rejection.
Many directors belong to labor unions. These include the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Directors Guild of America, for film and TV directors.