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Casting notice categories

The Backstage Casting Department places every notice into categories as follows (each term is linked to a definition of the category).

Theater
Plays
Musicals
Chorus Calls

Film
Feature Films
Short Films
Student Films

TV & Video
Scripted TV & Video
Reality TV & Documentary
Music Videos
Industrials
Multimedia

Commercials
National Commercials
Local Commercials
Spec Commercials
Infomercials

Modeling
Print Modeling
Fashion & Runway Modeling
Fit Modeling
Promotional & Event Modeling

Performing Arts
Dancers & Choreographers
Cabaret & Variety
Singers
Musicians & Composers
Comedians & Improv
Theme Parks
Cruise Lines

Voiceover
Commercial Voiceover
Animation & Videogame Voiceover
Audio Books
Radio & Podcasts

Entertainment Jobs & Crew
Stage Staff & Tech
Film & TV Crew
Writers
Gigs

Events & Representation
Agents & Managers
Workshops
Competitions
Festivals & Events
Groups & Membership Companies

Competitions

Entertainment-industry competitions and talent shows, including live and web-based competitions and showcases intended for actors, singers, dancers, models, comedians, and variety performers, etc. Note: Any entry fees, required ticket purchases, ticket sales, or audience (“bringer”) requirements must be clearly stated in the notice, along with a description of the prizes involved.

Gigs

Performance gigs, entertainment-industry careers, and showcase opportunities that don’t quite fit into any of the other Back Stage categories and/or span multiple categories (e.g., film and theatre) or blur the line between performance-work and more traditional jobs. This category includes casting notices for ongoing work with entertainment companies and calls for actors, singers, dancers, DJs, puppeteers, clowns, jugglers, mimes, impersonators, costumed characters, ventriloquists, and other variety performers for things like parties, gigs at unusual venues, and opportunities that are out of the ordinary. In some instances, this category may also contain -- at the discretion of the Back Stage Casting Department -- calls for actor-friendly jobs that don’t entirely involve acting (e.g., party motivators, street-team marketing); performance gigs that involve non-performing responsibilities (e.g., singing waiters.)

Groups & Membership Companies

Membership companies, theatre groups, film collectives, improv troupes, community theatres, casting-director workshops, agent workshops, actor-training workshops, and other collaborative efforts and group-based opportunities. Notices in this category may call for a wide variety of talent, including actors, singers, dancers, musicians, writers, directors, filmmakers, etc., to join an ongoing organization or participate in a short-term project or workshop. Note: All workshop fees, membership dues, participation charges, and other commitments -- including any mandatory ticket sales or purchases -- must be specifically stated in each notice.

Reality TV & Documentary

Film and video projects that do not require acting and/or require the on-screen talent to be themselves. These notices may include calls for reality TV shows, game shows, and documentaries. Both union and nonunion performers may be considered unless otherwise specified within the notice, but union performers should check with their union before accepting any gigs. Note: If a reality show is seeking a host or a documentary is seeking performers for a re-enactment (e.g., the talent will be playing a part and/or are learning lines), then the notice may run as a regular Film or TV/Video notice in addition to or instead of running in the Reality TV category, depending on the situation.

Voiceovers & Radio

Calls for voiceover talent to work on film, television, video, stage, commercial, music video, website, or videogame projects, etc. This category includes all radio work. Both union and nonunion performers may be considered for these roles, unless otherwise specified within the notice.

Stage Staff & Tech

Theatre, cabaret, theme-park, and cruise-line staff and tech jobs, including opportunities for stage managers, producers, directors, production coordinators, set designers, set builders, stagehands, sound designers, art directors, costume designers, hair/makeup, wardrobe, PAs, casting directors, office coordinators, lighting/sound technicians, musical directors, artistic directors, theatre teachers, ushers, interns, etc.

Festivals & Events

The following categories contain notices calling for submissions to media festivals; and calls for union and nonunion crewmembers, production assistants, and writers to work on specific productions (film, theatre, and multimedia projects); as well as calls for ongoing work at crew houses, post houses, production companies, staff & tech companies, agencies, theatres, etc. Calls for models, spokespeople, and performers (and sometimes staff) for onsite jobs and opportunities at tradeshows, stores, special events, and other places of business. The gigs in this category may include live industrials, promotional work, spokesmodel product demonstrations, corporate-themed musical theatre performances, holiday season costumed-character work, and modeling at live shows/events. Experience with sales and improvisation may be required for some of these jobs. Note: If the tradeshow or event is calling for entertainment-industry participants/attendees instead of hiring for a particular job, then this must be clearly described within the notice.

Film/TV Crew

Film, television, video, and multimedia jobs for on-set, post-production, and office staff, including opportunities for producers, directors, DPs, UPMs, production coordinators, editors, animators, storyboard artists, gaffers, grips, sound recordists, sound designers, boom operators, special FX artists, programmers, web designers, art directors, costume designers, hair/makeup, wardrobe, craft services, PAs, casting directors, post-house supervisors, office coordinators, film teachers, interns, etc.

Workshops

Membership companies, theatre groups, film collectives, improv troupes, community theatres, casting-director workshops, agent workshops, actor-training workshops, and other collaborative efforts and group-based opportunities. Notices in this category may call for a wide variety of talent, including actors, singers, dancers, musicians, writers, directors, filmmakers, etc., to join an ongoing organization or participate in a short-term project or workshop. Note: All workshop fees, membership dues, participation charges, and other commitments -- including any mandatory ticket sales or purchases -- must be specifically stated in each notice.

Writers

Jobs for writers and calls for scripts (plays and screenplays) for stage, film, TV/video, and multimedia projects, film festivals, writing competitions, etc.Note: Any submission fees must be clearly indicated in the notice, along with any submission deadlines and possible prizes. Also, the listing should note whether scripts will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) is provided along with the submission.

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