Music Video Directors and Producers

Photographer and Music Video Director David LaChappelle

"Lights! Camera! Action!" aptly summarizes the major responsibilities of the music video director. Directors are well known for their part in guiding actors, but they are involved in much more—casting, costuming, cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound recording. Music video directors must have insight into the many tasks that go into the creation of a music video, and they must have a broad vision of how each part will contribute to the final product.

Music video producers often work with the music video director by overseeing the budget, production schedule, and other tasks associated with music video production. There are approximately 122,600 directors and producers employed in the television, video, cable, motion picture, radio, and performing arts industries.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Direct actors, dancers, musicians, and others in order to create music videos (music video directors); oversee budgets, production schedules, and other business-related tasks that are associated with music video production (producers)
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville, but jobs exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Several years' experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Drawing/Design
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Producer or Director of Award-Winning Videos
  • Music Video Director or Producer
  • First Assistant Director, or Unit Production Manager, or Production Assistant