This answer changes sometimes, but in many ways I want to be a producer. In many other ways I want to be an artistic director/dramaturg/lighting designer/electrician/event planner/organizational guru/ assistant.
I have to explain about half of those answers to people, but today I pass to Oscar Hammerstein to explain to us what a producer does:
A producer is a rare, paradoxical genius: hard-headed, soft-hearted, cautious, reckless, a hopeful innocent in fair weather, a stern pilot in stormy weather, a mathematician who prefers to ignore the laws of mathematics and trust intuition, an idealist, a realist, a practical dreamer, a sophisticated gambler, a stage-struck child. That’s a producer.
- Oscar Hammerstein II
What else does a producer do? A few producers give us the answers because everyone's a little bit different. I want about 70% of their jobs.