Back Stage FAQ - Answers to 10 of Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
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1. What is Back Stage?
Back Stage is the actor's resource-a brand that aims to give actors all the information they need to succeed. In practical terms, it is actually three products: two newspapers and a website. Back Stage East is a newspaper based in New York City. Back Stage West is a Los Angeles-centered newspaper. Both are sold on area newsstands, as well as nationwide by subscription.
BackStage.com is the website that encapsulates information from both newspapers as well as having its own unique content.
Back Stage also oversees the publication of Call Sheet (aka Ross Reports and its website, RossReports.com). Call Sheet is published every two months. Call Sheet is available on select newsstands and bookstores as well as by subscription.
2. What are the differences between Back Stage in print and online? How are they the same?
First and foremost for our readers, both in print and online we publish casting calls and production listings, especially for New York City and Los Angeles. Both also include some news, features, columns, and theatre reviews.
With the three products, we strive to use the strengths of each medium to their best advantage. In the newspapers, we publish longer stories, such as features and analysis of current events. We publish over a dozen weekly columns-many of which never appear on the website. We have classified ads, and many more display ads than can possibly fit on the web. Back Stage East and West are best described as publications to curl up with on a Sunday or take with you on the subway-stories you can savor.
BackStage.com delivers updated news and casting throughout the day. Plus, BackStage.com offers casting from all over the country-many not available in print. Every week, we publish dozens of notices from areas like Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver and many more.
Most importantly, web subscribers get free access to our incredible Headshot and Demo Reel Database. With that, you can store your resume, several headshots and audio or video reel-for no extra charge! (Included in the price of membership.)
BackStage.com has two weblogs and a dynamic message board. We have web-only features and columns. Plus, we have a Career Advice section with literally hundreds of articles and resource lists on a variety of topics, from auditions to voiceovers. Finally, we have a Products and Services directory, which allows you to access a wide range of photographers, classes, and more. Put simply, BackStage.com has the information when you need it-in web time.
Each has distinct advantages. Together they're even better!
3. How do I subscribe to Back Stage?
Back Stage offers a variety of affordable deals for subscribers. You can buy a combination of print and online, print only (East or West), or online by itself. You can also choose varying lengths for your subscription: With the newspapers, we offer a six-month, year, or two-year subscription. For online, we offer prepaid six-month or yearly subscription, or month-to-month.
Click here to discover the various ways you can sign up for Back Stage - and save!
4. When is the website updated?
Every weekday. However, different portions of the website are updated on different schedules. Note: You must be a Backstage.com subscriber to access the casting notices and editorial archives.
Casting is updated three times a day-usually at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., East Coast time (NYC). News stories are added throughout the day, as needed. Weblogs are updated several times a day-frequency varies. Theatre reviews are updated once a day.
A new feature story appears every weekday at approximately 3 p.m./ET. Each of the three columns are updated once a week: First Person on Monday, The Working Actor on Wednesday and The Craft on Friday, all of which about 3 p.m./ET.
Production listings are updated every Thursday at 1 p.m./ET. Back Stage Bulletins and Scam Alerts are updated as stories become available.
5. How do I place a casting notice?
Back Stage accepts casting notices from all parts of the United States. For areas outside of New York City and Los Angeles, submitting a casting notice is free. (Within NYC and Los Angeles, there is a small fee; however, your ad will also appear in our newspaper.)
Note: Back Stage aims to provide actors with as much information about acting jobs as possible. Therefore, we may contact you to ensure that your information is complete and accurate.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Casting, please Click here.
To go to the casting homepage, please Click here.
6. How do I advertise with Back Stage, either in print or on the web?
Back Stage offers a number of cost-effective opportunities for advertisers in New York, Los Angeles and across the country. Please Click here to visit our Advertising Opportunities page, which describes the many plans and costs of advertising with Back Stage.
7. Does BackStage.com offer any email newsletters?
Yes. We offer two. We offer Weekends, which is a free weekly email that showcases the best of the news, features and columns from the previous week, as well as a few casting notices. You can select either (or both) the East Coast or West Coast edition. To sign up for Weekends, Click here.
Then, members can sign up for Casting Alerts, which is a daily or weekly email that includes links to new notices that fit you! You can create and save your own personalized casting alerts that will automatically email you when casting notices meet your specific search criteria.
8. How can I change my email address at which I receive the Casting Alert newsletter? Or unsubscribe?
In either case, simply follow the instructions at the bottom of the email you've received. Every e-newsletter contains unsubscribe info at the bottom of the email. Note: Discontinuing an email subscription will not cancel your BackStage.com membership. If you need to update the email address for your entire account or for a particular Casting Alert, Notice, or Resume, please Click here.
9. How do I advertise, get a new listing, or update an existing listing on RossReports.com or Ross Reports in print?
For help with listings, call Back Stage/Call Sheet editorial at 323-525-2321. To advertise in Call Sheet, visit www.backstage.com/bso/bso-media-kit/contact-us.shtml.
10. How can I contact the editorial, casting, or advertising departments?
To contact Backstage editorial, casting or advertising departments, please see the Contact Us page.
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