If you are looking to find talent for your project, you will want to post a casting notice on Backstage. Your listing can include a plot synopsis, a full breakdown of the characters you're casting for, media assets (such as script sides, your company logo, promotional posters, your directing reel, etc.), links, audition details, and other key project details. You can post a listing with Backstage for cast and crew, to look for new talent to represent, to hire writers and staff, to hire performers looking for survival jobs, and more. To begin the process you would want to click on the "Post a Job" button.
Posting the Job
1. Production Details
Under this section you will enter the Title of Production, Production Type, Production Company, Production Personnel, Production Description, Union Status, Compensation & Union Contract Details, and Listing Expiration Date.
*Note about Compensation
Under the "Will you be paying talent?" heading you will be asked to to choose 1 of 4 different pay levels. The following are the options:
- No Pay
- Deferred Pay (which is possible future pay)
- Stipend (pays below minimum wage)
- Professional Pay (pays at or above legal minimum wage)
If you choose Stipend or Professional pay, additional numerical-pay-rate/frequency/currency fields will appear, which are optional. If you want to put in a single number instead of a range, you can fill in either the maximum or minimum field without having to fill in both. More detailed information can still be written out in the free-form compensation/contract text field.
Enter a "Role Name" for each position you're hiring for. This can be a specific character name like "Arlo Pear," or a general term like Actors, Singers, Dancers, Interns, Writer, etc. You would next select the "Role Type." Use the gender, age, and ethnicity options to correctly tag the role for enhanced discoverability. Then fill in the "Role Description" to describe the character you're casting or job you're hiring for.
You can also set media requirements to limit your response to only applicants that have photos, video, or audio assets on their profiles. This can dramatically limit the response, so we recommend starting out by only choosing Photos (you'll still get to see video and audio reels anyway, when the talent has those assets available). We automatically set the most popular options for you as defaults.
3. Dates & Locations
Here you will note when and where the rehearsals and productions will take place for the project.
Below this you will note where you are seeking talent from as well as where auditions would be held should there be any. You would also note any special submission or audition instructions that the talent would need to be aware of.
To provide information regarding auditions, you would click on "Add Audition Details." That will bring up the window below where you would state where the audition will be held, the audition type (open call or by appointment) and the time and date of same.
4. Submission Settings
Here you will note if you want to accept submissions. This is the most common choice. Not accepting submissions would most often be used if you are holding an open call and are looking for talent to just show up. When accepting submissions you will select if and how often you would like to receive notifications of new applicants and to what email you would like those notifications sent. You can also choose if you only want to be notified of local and in-state submissions.
Finally, you can select the default view of how applications are viewed in your Application Manager. The options are Grid, List. Video Reels, or Audio Reels.
5. Additional Materials
This is the place to provide a link to your production website and where you can make your listing stand out by attaching media assets (script sides, a company logo, video reels, audio clips, etc.).
This is the final step. Here you will select your options and the accompanying payment. Once you have settled on this, click on "Review My Order & Checkout" and you will be taken to the checkout screen where you will complete the order. Once your order is completed, your notice is live and your casting process begins!
For more information for about casting on Backstage, please feel free to look at our User Guide for Creators.