147-Other artistic and cultural associate professionals

Job Title: 

Other artistic and cultural associate professionals

Job Description: 

Assistant directors or actors and support personnel involved with staging of theatrical, motion picture, television or commercial productions.


This unit group covers artistic and cultural associate professionals not classified elsewhere in artistic, cultural and culinary associate professionals. For instance those who assist directors or actors with staging of theatrical, motion picture, television or commercial productions are classified here


Employers in this sector may require employees in these occupations to typically have several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training


Assistant Directors and Producers:

  • Ensuring smooth operation of the shooting set
  • Making sure crew and actors know what is happening and what will happen
  • Creating call sheet with input from the director, unit production manager, producer
  • Keeping track of schedule changes and making sure activity/session is on schedule
  • Attending to director?s and crew?s questions
  • Determining the area and depth of field for camera or stage setting and effecting the quiet area (lock-up)
  • Reviewing and implementing safety rules and filming/staging schedule with the crew
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Other associated support personnel:
  • Knowledge of specific field of work or discipline
  • Knowledge of the industry sector and related issues and conditions
  • Demonstrated skills in specific field of work or discipline
  • Demonstrated skills in working in the industry sector and ability to respond to the related issues and conditions
  • General knowledge and skill requirements:
  • Strong administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills - where appropriate
  • Ability to deal with pressured situations
  • Resourceful and problem-solver
  • Physically fit to handle long hours
  • Problem Solving - Responding to customer and internal organizational complaints and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to provide quality customers services encompassing listening and understanding information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant financial and/or accounting applications and programs
  • Team work or individual - job may require him/her to work alone or in conjunction with other support personnel
  • Work Context: 

    People who become assistant producers/assistant directors or support personnel follow many paths to employment. The most important qualities employers look for are creative instincts, innate talent, and the intellectual capacity to respond to problems in a unique way. The best way to prepare for a career as assistant producer/assistant director, stunt artist, floor manager, theoretical dresser, or stage technician is through a variety of pathways for example in the theatre, filming industry, local plays or formal training preferably obtained as part ofa Diploma and/or a Bachelor degree program. Assistant producers and especially assistant directors need experience in the field, either as actors or in other related support personnel jobs. Like actors, assistant producers and assistant directors need talent and creativity. They also need business acumen. When assisting on the performing events work hours can typically be long and irregular. For example, stage actors and related support personnel may need to work during a performance of one show at night and be there for rehearsals during the day. Support personnel may also might travel with a show when it tours the country. Actors and support personnel such as stunt artists, floor managers, theoretical dressers, or stage technicians may work on location, sometimes under adverse weather conditions, and may spend considerable time waiting for scenes to be performed or completed.


    Diploma in performing arts, drama, theatre or image capture and editing technology, or field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 - 4 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Sheikh Mohamed Centre for Culture Understanding, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTC)

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Body artist - Floor manager (broadcasting) - Lighting technician - Program coordinator (broadcasting) - Prompter - Property master (broadcasting) - Script-girl/boy - Special effects technician - Stage manager - Stage technician - Stunt coordinator - Stunt artist - Tattooist - Theatre technician - Theatrical dresser - Walker-on
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Assistant art directors - Associate graphic designers - Associate set and exhibit designers - Assistant producers - Talent directors - Camera operators, television, video, and motion picture - Associate film and video editors

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Arts, entertainment, multimedia and ITC applications
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi