The Talent Application Creator makes it simple to create a highly customized talent submission for a project. Select and add new photos, video reels, audio reels, and document to an application, save a project for later, or go back to an existing application and add new media.
How to Apply to a Production
To apply to a project, visit the casting notice which you’d like to apply, select the role you’d like to perform either from the dropdown in the upper right corner, or beneath the 'Key Details' section, and click the 'Apply' button.
You can also apply to a production from the Casting Notice role description section.
Your Talent Application
Once you click 'Apply' to submit to a project, you will be taken to the Talent Application Creator page.
Here you will see the role details, the required assets you need to include in your role, and your available media you can submit to the project.
At the top of the Application, you will see a grey box with a list of required assets. These are the assets that must be included in order to apply to this particular role:
Required assets can include a photo, video reel, audio reel, or resume. All applications require a Backstage Profile, so make sure yours is up to date!
You can add new photos, remove photos, and select a primary photo for each application.
Selecting a Primary Photo
A primary photo is the image that is seen first and foremost by casting directors when they view your submission.
To select a primary photo, click the star icon in the top left corner of the photo thumbnail in the 'Photos' area of the Application Creator.
Note: Each application can have only one primary photo.
Sometimes, you may not wish to include certain images with a particular application. To remove a photo, click the 'X' icon in the top right corner of the image thumbnail you’d like removed. This will not remove your photo from your profile, just the current application.Once you click the “X” symbol, the photo will disappear from your application.
Note: In order to remove a Primary (starred) photo from your application, you must first select an alternative primary photo. Once the photo you wish to remove is no longer starred as primary, you can remove it as usual.
Adding a New Photo
If you would like to include a new photo on your application that isn’t currently in your Backstage Profile, click the 'Add New' button at the top of the photos section of your profile.
Clicking the 'Add New' button will open up your Media Locker in a small window.
Simply select the un-added photo from your Media Locker gallery (indicated by the absence of a green check mark), then click the 'Add Selected Assets' to attach it to your application.
Click the 'Upload New' button to attach a new image to your application. Select the file from your computer's hard drive to include it in your application.
Video and Audio
You can (and should!) attach audio and video reels to your application as well. Selecting video and audio reels to include in your application works the same way as photos.
Selecting a Primary Video or Audio Reel
A primary video or audio reel is the first reel that is seen by casting directors when they view your application.
To select a primary video or audio, click the star icon in the top right corner of each video or audio thumbnail in the video or audio area of the Application Creator.
Removing Audio and Video
To remove an audio or video reel from your application, click the “X” icon in the top left corner of the audio and video reel thumbnail you’d like removed.
Adding New Audio and Video reels
To add a new audio or video reel, click the 'Add New' button next to the Audio or Video section of your application.
This will load a popup window similar to when you added your photos above.
You can either copy and paste the URL of the audio or video file you’d like to include in your application in the highlighted field and click 'Import' or use the direct upload method via the "Or upload a file" option. Once the steps for either method have been completed, click 'Add Selected Assets' and your new reel will be added to your application.
Note: Backstage supports video and audio from the 3rd party sites Youtube, Vimeo, and Soundcloud.
For direct uploads the following are acceptable file formats:
Video: `'.avi', '.mpg', '.mp4', '.ogg', '.hevc', '.mov', '.m4v', '.webm', '.3gp', '.3g2', '.mkv'`
Audio: `'.ogg', '.mp3', '.flac', '.aac', '.wav', '.m4a'`
*To use the direct upload option, you must have an active subscription to Backstage.
Adding documents works in the same way as photos.
To select a primary document you’d like to include click the star icon in the top right corner of each document of the Application Creator.
To upload a new document, click the 'Add New' button next to the Documents section of your application. You will then see a popup window where you can upload a new document.
Click 'Add Selected Assets' to attach the new document to your application.
Backstage supports .pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt and .rtf file formats for your documents.
Adding a Cover Letter
You may include a cover letter with each application. Creating a unique and thoughtful cover letter is highly recommended!
Scroll down to the cover letter section of the application and enter in your text:
Saving an Application
If you want to apply to a role but can’t do so at the moment, you can choose to save your application and apply later. Click the 'Save' button at the top right of your application, right above the 'Role Details' section.
Once you save, your application will be stored in the 'Saved' section of your 'My Applications' in your Talent Dashboard.
Submitting Your Application
When you are finished customizing your application, scroll down to the bottom of your application page and click the 'Apply Now' button.
Break a leg!