Reality TV Casting - iPhone App FAQ
Back Stage's Reality TV Casting app provides you with access to casting notices for reality TV shows, game shows, talk shows, competitions, and more. The listings are updated daily, and the app is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. You can download the app from the iTunes App Store at www.tinyurl.com/RealityCastingApp.
You can use the app to browse through casting notices for projects calling for submissions from real people, models, and performers in Los Angeles, New York, and across the U.S. You can run keyword searches to narrow down the results; and quickly star the items you're interested in so you can find them again later in the app's Favorites screen. Plus, the app provides access to news articles and advice columns from Back Stage, and links to hundreds of additional casting notices via Back Stage's Twitter.com/Casting_Notice feed, so you'll always know about the latest auditions and casting opportunities available.
For more details, please see the FAQ below:
1) HOW DOES THIS APP WORK?
With Back Stage's Reality TV Casting app you'll be find out about lots of new casting opportunities while you're on the go. Casting details for reality shows, game shows, talk shows, talent competitions, music videos, and more — including casting notices and audition details for major TV projects and reality pilots from all of the most popular TV networks.
Whenever a project is calling for submissions or holding open auditions, the project's casting notice will appear in the Casting section of this app. You can view all of the newest casting notices in New York, Los Angeles, and National categories of the app, and then apply to the projects you're interested in. You can also star the casting notices you like to add them to your Favorites folder on the app, so you can keep track of the projects you're applying to or hope to audition for.
Plus, this app includes a Resources section where you can read Back Stage advice columns (insightful interviews with casting directors, producers, directors, agents, and other entertainment industry professionals); view entertainment industry, casting, and reality TV news; and interact with Back Stage's popular "Casting_Notice" Twitter tweets, which include links to hundreds of additional casting calls.
2) WHAT REALITY CASTING NOTICES DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE?
Every day, Back Stage's casting editors add new casting notices to BackStage.com and the Reality TV Casting app. And old casting notices are automatically removed from the database every day too, as soon as the project stops accepting submissions or the auditions wrap up.
You can find all of Back Stage's current reality-television casting notices in the Reality TV category on BackStage.com, at Twitter.com/RealityTVCast and in Back Stage's new Reality TV Casting iPhone app.
3) HOW DO I FIND INFO IN THE CASTING NOTICES?
After clicking on the New York, Los Angeles, or National option on the main Casting page of this app, you'll see a list of all available casting notices for that area, with the newest casting calls listed at the top. Click on the headline that you think look interested, and then the full casting notice will open up. When reading Back Stage's casting notices you'll be able to quickly find the information you need by remembering the following:
a) The first part of the casting notice lists the project details, including who's casting, the name of the production, the personnel involved, and the approximate rehearsal and performance/shooting dates (if known).
b) The middle part of the casting notice contains the character/job breakdown (available roles are in bold), including exactly what type of talent the production is looking for. Hopefully they're looking for someone like you!
c) The final part of the casting notice begins with the audition and submission info that will let you know how to apply to the project (key audition info is in italics, when available), followed by relevant links and extra info, and ending with the pay details. If you feel you're right for the project (if you match the description in the casting notice or know you can play the part), then you can use the instructions in the last paragraph of the casting notice to apply to or audition for the project.
4) HOW DO I APPLY TO PROJECTS?
Every casting notice is different. Often projects will simply ask you to email them your photos and details about yourself (a lot of times this is abbreviated in the casting notices as "email pix & resumes to," followed by the project's email address); other times they'll need you to send them your materials via regular mail or visit their website to fill out a form on their site; sometimes you'll have to attend a live audition (aka "open call"); and sometimes you'll have to visit another website (like BackStage.com or RealityWanted.com) to apply to the project through an online submission system.
The final paragraph in every Back Stage casting notice will always tell you what you need to do: If an email address or mailing address or phone number is available, it will be listed in the last paragraph of the casting notice. If you'll have to attend auditions in order to be considered for the project, then the audition dates, times, and locations will be listed. If you'll need to visit another website to apply, then the web address link will be listed in this paragraph too. Plus, you'll often find additional submission or audition instructions in this paragraph of the casting notice as well.
To apply to projects using email, we recommend uploading a good photo to your iPhone ahead of time, so you'll be able to quickly attach the photo to your email applications. A professional headshot or comp card is often preferable for projects that involve acting, modeling, or performing. However, most reality projects will be happy with a regular snapshot that shows the real you. So feel free to take a picture of yourself using your iPhone's camera, and then email it to the projects that you think you'll be best for. Just remember to include at least some basic information about yourself (such as your name and contact details) and a couple of sentences explaining why you think you'll be great for the project, along with all of information and materials requested by the project in the casting notice.
5) HOW WILL CASTING DIRECTORS CONTACT ME?
After you apply to the project using the instructions in the casting notice, the casting directors that are working on the project will review your submission. You probably won't hear back from them unless they need more information or would like to bring you in for an audition. If they want to invite you to an audition, then they'll contact you using the contact information you've provided them in your submission. Most casting directors will contact you by email or phone if they want to audition or cast you.
You should only submit to each project once, and only submit to projects that you're right for. You should not visit the casting directors' offices or call the production companies unless they specifically request you to. Note: Thousands of people apply to every project, but only a few people are cast in each show, so you'll probably need to apply to a lot of projects to increase your chances of getting cast in something. You probably will not hear back from most casting directors, and patience is important. But thousands of people do get cast in projects every year, so if you keep trying the next person that gets cast could be you. Good luck!
6) DO I HAVE TO PAY TO AUDITION?
You should never have to pay to audition for a project, interview for a job, or get cast. However, in some cases you may be legitimately asked to pay a fee to apply to certain types of projects: For instance, some contests and competitions may charge an entry fee; groups and workshops often charge a participation fee; sometimes dance auditions might require that you pay a small fee to attend a dance class or choreography session before an audition; and some modeling agencies might ask you to purchase new photos for your modeling portfolio. However, these are special cases and if these fees are required or might be required then they'll be listed in the casting notice so that you'll know ahead of time and can make your decision as to whether or not it's worth applying to the project.
If a project surprises you with a hidden fee that was not revealed in their casting notice, or they seem to be trying to sell you something unexpected, then it could be a bait-and-switch scam for a fake project and you should refuse to pay. Additionally, beware of companies that ask you to wire them money; many scams involve the use of wire transfers to trick people out of their money. Note: Some websites require a subscription in order to view casting notices on their sites and use their online submission options; if you know that the site is trustworthy (like BackStage.com), then this is okay; but make sure you do your research before deciding to pay for anything.
7) WHO GETS CAST?
Lots of people get cast in projects every day thanks to Back Stage, the world's leading casting resource since 1960. We even write an article highlighting one of our readers getting cast every week. To see recent examples, visit www.backstage.com/success. If you get cast in a project thanks to Back Stage, tell us your story and we'll consider writing a "Who Got the Part" success story article about you, too. We'd love to tell your story. Be considered for the weekly column by emailing your casting success story to casting [at] backstage.com; in the subject line of the email write "I Got the Part" and your name and the state you live.
8) HOW CAN I FIND EVEN MORE CASTING NOTICES?
This Reality TV Casting app contains all of the reality television casting notices from BackStage.com plus additional casting notices from some of Back Stage's other casting categories. However, if you want even more casting info – including casting notices and production listings for major movies and TV shows, indie films, theater, Broadway musicals, and calls for actors, dancers, singers, comedians, and variety performers across the U.S. – then you'll want to subscribe to Back Stage at www.backstage.com/subscribe.
The Back Stage website includes all of the casting notices from this iPhone app, plus hundreds of additional casting notices, an online Multimedia Resume Talent Database (which is searched by casting directors looking for talent for their projects), easy online submission options, and much more. You can also subscribe to Back Stage's Espresso e-newsletter for FREE at www.backstage.com/newsletter to receive daily news updates for actors and a selection of free casting notices.
9) HOW DO I REPORT SCAMS & PROBLEMS?
The Back Stage Casting Department reviews every casting notice and quickly removes scams and spam, so you should find that most of the casting notices in this app are the most trustworthy and accurate casting notices anywhere. However, if you run into any scams, spam, suspicious casting notices, or other problems with particular casting notices (incorrect email addresses, broken links, etc.) please report the issue ASAP to the Back Stage Casting Department at www.backstage.com/castinghelp.
If you need report a technical problem regarding the iPhone app itself, then please visit www.backstage.com/bso/about-us/contact-us.jsp for app assistance.
10) DO I NEED A BACK STAGE SUBSCRIPTION TO USE THE APP?
If you purchase the app (currently it's only $2.99 on the iTunes app store) then you'll get full access to all of the reality TV casting notices in the app, including all of the new reality casting notices that are added every week. You'll see the full submission details in each reality casting notice, and you'll just need to follow the instructions in each notice to apply. Many of the casting notices will include direct contact details, such as a mailing address, email address, or audition location, so you'll be able to apply right away. So you do not have to have a BackStage.com in order to use the main sections of the app.
However, some of the casting notices might only be accepting submissions through other websites (like RealityWanted.com), in which case a link will be provided in the casting notice, bringing you to the application page on the other site. In these cases, you may need to create an account on the website where the applications are being accepted. Also, if you click on the casting links in the Twitter section of the app, then you'll see more details about these additional casting notices as well; however, the Twitter links will lead you to the original casting notices on BackStage.com, where you will need a BackStage.com subscription in order to view and apply to the full casting notices.
11) HOW DO I CAST MY PROJECTS WITH BACK STAGE?
If you're casting a project, and you'd like to your casting notice to appear in Back Stage, then please visit www.BackStage.com/FindTalent and click on the "Post a Notice" button. If your casting notice is approved by Back Stage's editors, then it will appear on BackStage.com, and might also appear in Back Stage's weekly newspaper, digital editions, e-newsletters, social-network feeds, etc.
If your project is reality-based, then it should be posted into Back Stage's Reality TV casting category, and then it will automatically be included in Back Stage's Twitter.com/RealityTVCast feed and in Back Stage's Reality TV Casting iPhone app.
12) How can I report an error or bug, offer feedback, or get more assistance?
Contact Back Stage at www.backstage.com/castinghelp or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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