Prop Master

Ensure TV shows, movies, and plays have all the props they need.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$29,000 – $77,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Prop Masters do?

Prop Masters are responsible for everything on a stage that moves (aside from living beings). This can include telephones, cigarettes, historically accurate toy boxes, or even food found on plates; anything that’s used by the Actors as long as it’s not worn.

Prop Masters begin each show by looking over the script and meeting with the Production Designer to understand the artistic vision of a show. With that in mind Prop Masters make a list of all the props you’ll need, then its prop-hunting you go. Some props, like eyeglasses from the 1960’s, will be easy to find in a boutique or online. Others, like a futuristic weapon, need to be designed from scratch.

This job requires a lot of patience, creativity and an ability to work quickly under tight deadlines: A television set usually gives you a week to prepare for the next episode’s prop needs.

A movie will give you more time, but there you also have the job of maintaining continuity. This means that if the main character is holding a yellow umbrella in scene one you need to make sure he is still holding it in scene two. This requires close attention to detail, as scenes are sometimes shot weeks or even months apart.

Last, but certainly not least, you make sure props are kept in good condition during filming and are in their spots when they need to be. So if you like collecting things and have a good eye for detail with almost OCD organization skills than this position may be perfect for you.

Should I be a Prop Master?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Assistant Property Master, Buyer-Renter, Payroll Master, Prop Buyer, Property Master, Property Supervisor

    How to become a Prop Master

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