In the production setting, if the Director is the creative mind behind the final footage, the Producer would be the logistical and/or financial genius of the team. There may be multiple producers on any production team, who each hold varying positions, but almost all of them revolve around finding the funding to get the project completed. In essence, the Producer is the production’s fund raiser!
Producers have to stay well connected to the industry, which makes their relationships and network paramount to their success. Not only do they have to cultivate trust with the financiers who have the capital to invest in entertainment, but they also have to develop and maintain the contacts at studios, with directors, and even other producers. Those relationships may be the bread and butter of the Producer’s income and the direct reflection of their credits, but that isn’t as far from the talent realm as you might think. Often times, the Producer will continue to utilize talent who have made their sets more successful and functional in the past.
This is where YOU come in! Talent and Producers don’t always see eye to eye or understand one another’s language, which can make solidifying these relationships a challenge. The creative brain of the talent communicates and hears in the opposite way that the analytical brain of the Producer might communicate or hear. That said, it usually falls on the talent to bridge the gap in communication. Talent who can sympathize with the Producer’s plight are better able to fulfill the Producer’s requests. If you naturally have that analytical business brain as a talent, it will serve you well over and over again. If you only rely on the strong right brain creativity, though, this might be a good time to start doing some personal research into a new character study! However you see fit, get to know what the Producer faces and look for opportunities to relieve some stress on set in the future.