What's this blue banner warning?
When a job is posted it goes live immediately to give actors a chance to see new listings as soon as they are created. However, there is a banner at the top of the page that advises that the post is still in the review process by our casting editors. We also provide the actor with a link to advice about scams and what to look for.
During this review period it is wise and prudent for you to be extra vigilant should you choose to apply.
The Casting Call Vetting Process
The Backstage casting team is dedicated to keeping you safe while using our platform, and so they vet each and every opportunity posted on our site. During the vetting process, content creators are asked for additional documentation, such as links to their profiles and credentials on industry sites, production company details, resumes, references, script excerpts, etc. This helps to ascertain whether projects are legitimate and appropriate for Backstage’s audience. While balancing the interests of actors and content creators, Backstage is dedicated to facilitating an ideal casting process for all.
Common Red Flags
To give you an idea of what to look for, we've included a list some common red flags that you'll want to be careful of while trying to become an actor.
- A casting director offering payment before a performer has done any work on the project in question. The scammer will send you a fake check in order to get you to deposit it and get your financial information.
- A scammer may also ask you to pay them. As you are the job seeker looking to be compensated for the work you will do, you should never pay to work.
- Frequently scams come in the guise of modeling jobs. Be extra careful when dealing with these types of opportunities to make sure you are dealing with a legitimate outfit.
- In the cases of acting jobs that include performing nude, never send photographs if requested. That is not how a legitimate casting director operates.
- Scammers will not contact you through Backstage.com messaging, but will email you directly saying they saw you on Backstage, or will try and get you off Backstage messaging as quickly as possible so they cannot be monitored. Legitimate casting directors will use Backstage messaging feature until it is appropriate to move on to other communication methods (such as phone or email).
- Scammers will always be vague, never mentioning specific details, or constantly changing the details of the opportunity. They want you to stay confused.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the type of things you'll need to keep an eye out for. Thankfully, we write about it constantly, updating our information as more scams are discovered. We recommend all users first read our article: 11 Tips for Avoiding Casting Scams before using the platform.
The most important thing to remember is if you are feeling strange about an interaction, or feel that something is off about an opportunity, you are probably right. Trust your instincts and walk away.