Search Help: "I'm Seeing Casting Notices That Don't Fit My Profile"
Back Stage uses an advanced search algorithm to find you casting/job notices that match your exact needs along with notices that MIGHT also be of interest to you – even though they’re not an exact match – including notices that contain tags that are very similar to your search settings, along with projects that might possibly be interested in an application from you even though you don’t exactly match any of the character/job descriptions listed in the notice.
This search algorithm uses the search filters/options you’ve chosen (job categories, gender, age ranges, etc.) combined with some “fuzzy logic” to try and find you the best range of notices.
The more search filters/options you’ve chosen, the better your search results will be.
However, because the Back Stage search engine also uses some “fuzzy” search parameters to make sure that you don’t miss out on additional opportunities that MIGHT fit your needs, you will receive some “false positive” search results – casting/job notices that just aren’t right for you – which you’ll want to ignore.
But we feel that it’s safer to have some extra notices sent to you that don’t exactly fit your profile – rather than limit you to only seeing 100% exact matches – just in case some of these additional notices MIGHT be of interest.
That said, we are working hard to make sure that all of our casting/job notices are properly tagged, so that the vast majority of the notices you receive will be appropriate for your needs.
If you think that something may be wrong with your search – if you’re receiving too many or too few casting notices in your Saved Search results and Casting Alert emails – then we’ll be happy to look at your search parameters to help you refine and expand your search so that you’ll receive better results.
Check out the following links for Casting/Job Search tips and tricks.
-- Luke Crowe, National Casting Editor, Back Stage