Your Backstage Profile
Once you've signed up and started your subscription you're ready to build your talent profile. To find your profile, click on 'My Account' in the upper right corner of the screen, and select 'Edit Profile' from the dropdown.
To begin creating your profile, you'll first need to answer whether the profile is for someone under 16 years of age.
Clicking on No, Over 16 will bring up an Age Confirmation modal where you will need to enter your date of birth.
Clicking on Yes, Under 16 will bring up a Parental Consent Form which must be filled out by the parent or guardian of the child in question, as Backstage does not allow for the creation of profiles for children under the age of 16 without their parent or guardian's consent.
Once these things have been taken care of, you'll be able taken to the Basic Details form where you will fill out your profile with all the necessary particulars. This includes your stage name, professional/working title, your profile URL (also known as a vanity url) which is a unique internet address you can use to direct people to your profile easily, your primary headshot (don't worry, you can easily change this photo later), and a few other odds and ends such as your age range, gender, professional title, and location.
Now, your basic profile will be generated and the real fun will begin.
When completed, your profile can end up looking something like this:
These buttons appear in the upper right corner of the profile and allow for connecting with other users.
Save - allows a person to favorite your profile, which will serve as a bookmark and allow someone to easily find your profile in the future.
Contact - sends the owner of the profile a message.
Invite - allows you to be invited by a job creator to apply for one of their roles.
Under the Name section you will see your Backstage URL:
By clicking on the blue chain link icon next to your vanity URL you can copy that URL so you can send it to people, or paste it in documents or emails.
If you are in the Preview Profile mode, along the top of the page you’ll notice the edit bar. This appears only if you are the owner of the account for whose profile you’re currently viewing.
Clicking the Edit Contact Info button will take you to your Account Settings where you can edit your contact information, change your payment info, view your subscription details, etc. Clicking on Edit Profile will take you to the Edit Profile page where you will see pencil icons appearing in each section of your profile. Clicking on one of these pencil icons will cause a small pop up window to appear allowing you to edit the section indicated. Click on the Save button in that pop up window to apply the changes.
To edit your Stage Name, URL, Professional Title, or Location, click on the pencil icon below your name for the following screen to appear.
To turn off edit mode, simply click the blue Preview Profile button that has taken the place of the Edit Profile button you just clicked.
Your Details tab is the first screen you will be taken to on your profile. This section contains details on your Appearance, Union Membership, Skills, Credits, Representation, Education and Training, etc.
Clicking the blue pencil next to a section's heading (i.e. Appearance, Skills, Union Membership, etc) will open a new window where you can edit that section's information.
Edit your Gender Identification, Age Range, Ethnicities, Height & Weight, Body Type, and Hair & Eye Color.
Select acting unions you are a member of, if any.
Add and edit specific skills and talents. You can learn more about adding skills here.
Add any relevant links such as a personal website, a YouTube channel, press you may have received, etc.
Add, edit, and sort your credits.
A. Clicking the blue up and down arrows brings up a window allowing you to drag and drop the credit Production Type categories to the order you'd like them to appear on your profile.
B. Clicking the blue plus sign brings up a window that allows you to add a new credit. There you can input the Production Type, Role, Director/Production Company, Location and Date.
C. Clicking the blue pencil icon allows you to edit details of credits you've already added.
D. Clicking and sliding the blue compass arrows allows you to drag and drop the order your credits appear under that Production Type heading.
E. Clicking the blue circled x will remove that credit.
Add and edit talent agents or managers, if any.
Education and Training
Add or edit schools attended, acting programs, classes, workshops, and years studied.
License and Passport
Make note of your eligibility to drive and travel.
The Media Tab, as its name implies, stores all your media. This includes Photos, Videos, Audio, and Resumes & Documents.
Located just beneath the Media tab you can filter your media by type using the icons pictured above.
Clicking the blue + sign next to headings (i.e. Photos, Videos, Audio, Resumes & Documents) will allow you to add more media.
Note that media added to your profile will appear by default on your draft applications.
Here you can add, sort, and edit your photos on your profile.
A. Clicking the blue + sign will allow you to add a photo already in your Media Locker or upload a new photo from your computer.
B. The red star icon determines which headshot is your primary headshot. When selected, this headshot will appear largest in your profile. You can click the star on a photo to make it your primary headshot.
C. Clicking the pencil icon will bring up a window allowing you to edit the thumbnail image of that photo.
D. Clicking the circled X will remove the photo from your profile, but it will remain in your Media Locker.
E. Clicking on the compass arrows will allow you to drag and drop your photos to reposition them as you like.
Your first photo will always be your primary headshot, and the first 12 after that will automatically appear on the details page of your profile.
Videos and Audio
There are two options by which to add video and/or audio to your profile. The first is to add it from the 3rd party sites YouTube or Vimeo (video) and Soundcloud (audio). The second is do a direct media upload from your device.
Uploading from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud
Please note that before using this method to add media to your profile, video and audio must be first uploaded to either YouTube or Vimeo (video) or SoundCloud (audio). They must be set to Public and allow for embedding on other sites (i.e. set to Public).
To perform the upload, click the + button next to either the Video or Audio heading to add the new demo reels. The import process is fairly straightforward and you should see the following window.
To import new media, copy and paste the URL of the video or audio into the Import text field and click "Import". Once imported, the media will appear in the list above. Click the check box in the top left corner of the uploaded media, and then click the blue 'Add Selected Assets' button and your new reel will be added to your profile.
Direct Media Uploads
Subscribers are also able to upload files directly from their own devices to their profiles. There is a 2 GB limit on files and 10 minutes of allowable footage per upload. If a person tries to upload footage longer than 10 minutes in length, the upload will complete when it reaches the 10 minute mark and leave off the portion beyond that.
The following are the supported file formats:
Video: `'.avi', '.mpg', '.mp4', '.ogg', '.hevc', '.mov', '.m4v', '.webm', '.3gp', '.3g2', '.mkv'`
Audio: `'.ogg', 'm4a', '.mp3', '.flac', '.aac', '.wav'`
To be able to do the direct media upload, you must have an active subscription to Backstage. If you attempt to do it without a subscription, you will be greeted with a pop up window explaining that you need the subscription. Please note that you can always upload using the YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud options.
To perform the upload, go to the Media section of Edit Profile, scroll down to Videos or Audio, depending on what you are looking to upload. After clicking on the + icon, you will see the following pop up window:
You will see that there is an option called "Upload New." That is what is used for direct media uploads. When you click on it, you will see your device file directory:
You will now select the video and click Open. You can now watch the upload in progress and see confirmation of the successful upload when it is done.
Now add the asset and the media will appear under the appropriate section.
Please note that the ability to play the media can be delayed. Refreshing the screen will fix that and the media will be able to be played.
The process is complete. You will also be sent an email either confirming a successful or failed upload.
Once the media is uploaded via either method, you can view and play the media associated with the profile by either clicking on the thumbnail or the play button to the right.
Resumes & Documents
Documents are uploaded and added in the same manner as photos and direct uploads. Documents are normally hidden from other users (since they contain personal contact information). However, if you apply to a casting call, the Casting Director will be able to view your documents as you do. Clicking on your document will download it to your computer.
*NOTE: The Highlights tab will be invisible unless you have an entry. To create your first entry, click on the blue 'Edit Profile' button at the top of the window.
You can use this section of your profile to share information about your career, or just about yourself in general. Add as many or as few entries as you want. You can even give each entry a date to create a timeline of your career highlights or achievements.
Click the blue "Add a Highlight" button to add a new highlight.
Once added, you can edit a highlight by clicking the blue pencil icon or remove a highlight by clicking the blue x.
And that's a wrap on creating and editing your profile. We wish you the best of luck and happy submitting!