They come in many different forms. They cover many different industries. But make no mistake about it, talent scouts are a vital piece in many a cog. But what exactly are talent scouts and what exactly do talent scouts do? Talent scouts could be called talent recruiters. They search for those who are unique with talent or who have a valuable talent. Talent scouts are found in dozens of industries, from entertainment to sports to even the tech industry.
Talent scouts consult with those in the various industries and travel to sometimes crazy locations in hopes of spotting new talent. Talent scouts even find themselves in a variety of activities that are built to find and enhance new talent. Talent scouts search for the obvious, in the obvious places, but good talent scouts will also be found in the hard to get to places. State to state, abroad or local, talent scouts run the gambit in hopes of finding the next big thing. Talent scouts will search out musicians, athletes, actors and models, and also the highly talented business person.
Talent scouts need to have a good eye. Strike that, they need to have a great eye, a sharp eye. A talent scout could be out in the field looking at one particular talent, while their sharp eye continues to scour what's around them. Talent scouts never know when that diamond in the rough will surface. Some talent scouts work for themselves, while other talent scouts work for agencies. Many talent scouts work for organizations, such as a professional baseball team or a Fortune 500 company.
But getting there, becoming a talent scout, there isn't one direct route. Many sports related talent scouts were former players. They know the business, love the business and have a keen eye for talent. The same goes with the other industries. Somehow, the talent scout had been a part of that industry. There is no specific degree to become a talent scout. In sports, a degree in sports management could help. For music, being part of a record labels Artist and Repertoire division is a major start. But one thing is clear; being passionate about the industry you're involved in will go a long way.
Whichever industry the talent scout aims for, they will need to be prepared the right way. As in any professional industry, the competition can be quite cutthroat. The search for new talent means money. It costs to find and develop that talent, so a talent scout has to be at the top of their game or they may find themselves on the bench. But a great talent scout will know this and always be one step ahead. Because finding that one big talent is what it's all about.
Talent scouts are the backbone of many industries. They are always out on the go, always moving in hopes of finding that one rare talent or that one rare act, ready to be shot to stardom. It's a job with many rewards and long hours. It’s a roller coaster of emotion that builds the foundation of sports, entertainment and the Fortune 500 companies.