How to Embed Audio & Video Players on Your Multimedia Resume
You can add audio and video files to your Multimedia Resumes on BackStage.com.
Adding media files to your resume is great way to show off your talent and attract the attention of casting directors. And unlike other casting websites that nickel-and-dime actors by charging for every media file, Back Stage subscribers can include multiple media items on their resumes for no extra cost and no hidden fees.
There are three methods available for including audio and video on your resume: You can upload, embed, or link to the files. We highly recommend our "Embedded Media" option, because embedding your audio and video items provides the nicest presentation and greatest level of control.
See below for details on all three options, plus instructions for using the "embed" options from YouTube, Video, and MySpace to easily add your media from those sites onto your Back Stage Multimedia Resume:
EMBEDDING AUDIO & VIDEO FILES
1) Visit the website where you're currently showcasing your media. Then look for an option called something like "embed" or "share" to find the code needed to embed your media on other websites. You can use the embed code from hundreds of popular websites to add audio and video players and other widgets (like your Facebook "badges") to the Audio/Video section of your Back Stage Multimedia Resume. Once you find the embed code, copy it.
2) If you don't already have your media files hosted on a website that provides "embed code," then we recommend uploading your video files to a free high-quality video site like YouTube or Vimeo, and upload your audio files to your Artist profile on MySpace. These sites will provide you with a wide range of uploading and embedding options, and their embedded media players offer fast, high-quality playback. After uploading your files to a site like YouTube, find the embed code for each media item and copy it.
3) Visit your Manage My Resumes page on BackStage.com. Click on the Edit/Wrench button next to the resume you'd like to update. Then click on the Audio/Video tab and paste your embed code into the New Embedded Media Item box. Assign the media item a name and "Display Order" number and click the Add button. You'll now see your media item nicely displayed on your Back Stage Multimedia Resume, ready for fast and easy playback by casting directors! Click here to see an example of videos embedded on a Back Stage Resume.
Click the Embed button located under the video on YouTube. Choose your "customization" options. Copy the code provided in the expanded YouTube embedding box. Paste the code into the "embeded media item" box on your Back Stage Multimedia Resume. Watch the following video for additional tips:
Click on the button labeled "embed" that appears on your video when your cursor is hovering over the video screen. A screen will pop up with the Vimeo embed code. Copy and paste the code into the "embeded media item" box on your Back Stage Multimedia Resume. Watch the following video for additional tips:
When viewing your music player on MySpace, click on the title of a song. This will bring you to the song's page. Find the embed button below the song player, and click it. Copy the embed code and paste into the "embeded media item" box on your Back Stage Multimedia Resume.
UPLOADING AUDIO & VIDEO FILES DIRECTLY TO BACK STAGE
1) Instead of (or in addition to) using the Embedded Media options listed above, you can also upload your files directly to your resume. This is a convenient option, but you'll need to make sure that you're using a file type that's compatible with BackStage.com, and the file will need to stay within Back Stage's file-size limits (15MB per file). Back Stage's uploading options work best with small audio files in the MP3 format, but you can also upload a variety of other audio and video file types (aac, .avi, .m4a, .m4v, .mov, .mp3, .mp4, mpeg, .mpg, .mpg4, .ogg, .qt, .ram, .rm, .rv, .wav, .wma, and .wmv). You'll also need to make sure that you've given your file a "web friendly" name (special characters like # and % can break the file during the upload process). Click here for help with naming, uploading, and managing your audio and video files.
2) To upload audio and video files into your Back Stage media account for use on your Back Stage Multimedia Resumes, simply go to the Audio/Video tab in your resume editor, choose the New Audio or Video File option and then click the Choose File button to upload a file from your computer's hard drive into your Back Stage media account.
3) As part of the upload process, you'll be able to assign each file a "Display Name," which is the name that will be displayed on your resume for the media item; the file's Display Name will be automatically linked to the actual media file. When casting director's click on the link, it'll open your video or audio file in a pop-up window. You can also assign a "Display Order" number to each media file; this will determine the order in which your files are displayed on your resume. Once you've uploaded your files, you'll be able to easily select them from the drop-down menu in your resume editor, so you can attach each media item to one or multiple resumes within your account.
LINKING TO MEDIA ON OTHER SITES
Use the Links tab in your resume editor to link to additional media files on other websites. You can also use the Links option to link to any other website or webpage you want. For instance, you could link to one of your videos on YouTube; or link to your YouTube "Channel" that showcases all of your videos; link to film and theatre reviews and articles that mention you; link to your personal website or your resume on other casting websites; link to your reel on SpeedReels.com; link to your profile pages on Facebook and Linkedin and IMDb; etc.
The Links tab in the Resume Editor system is an easy way to quickly connect your Back Stage Multimedia Resume to all of your other pages on the Internet that you want to share with casting directors.
However, keep in mind that these are simple hyperlinks — you'll want to use the "embed" options described at the beginning of this article instead, whenever a website provides media-embedding code compatible with BackStage.com, since the Embedded Media options provide the best way of showcasing your audio and video files on your BackStage.com resume within slick media-player modules that don't require casting directors to open up additional websites or pop-up windows. With the Embedded Media option, your audio and video files can be played back right on your resume with a single click.
For additional Multimedia Resume tips and tricks — including help with uploading headshots/photos and documents (.pdf, .doc, .rtf., and .txt files), reording your acting credits, and more, visit www.backstage.blogs.com/the411faq/resume_help.
Do you need a new reel of your own? Visit the Audio & Video Reels category of YellowPages.BackStage.com to find companies in your area that offer reel shooting and editing services.