FAQs

Our FAQs contains information, tips and technical suppport for performers, advertisers and agents.

1. FAQs/Help for performers

1.1 Membership

1.1.1 Why become a member?

1.1.2 How much does it cost to join?

1.1.3 Are there any criteria for becoming a member?

1.1.4 How do I cancel my payments?

1.1.5 How do I remove my profile from The Stage Castings?

1.1.6 How do I keep track of my payments?

1.2 Managing my profile

1.2.1 How do I create a profile?

1.2.2 How do I edit information on my profile?

1.2.3 How do I change my profile picture, upload more photos or delete photos?

1.2.4 How do I upload a showreel or voicereel to my profile?

1.2.5 What is a 'playing age range'?

1.2.6 I've forgotten my username and password

1.2.7 I want to change my password/email address

1.2.8 How can I appear in the Performer Directory?

1.2.9 How do I manage the communications that I receive?

1.3 Applying for castings and auditions

1.3.1 How do I apply for an opportunity?

1.3.2 What is The Stage Castings' video audition technology?

1.3.3 How do I record and submit a video performance using The Stage Castings?

1.4 Tips and advice for performers

1.4.1 Tips for creating a brilliant performer profile and cover message

1.4.2 Tips for recording a bespoke video audition with The Stage Castings

1.4.3 Industry advice and useful resources

1.5 Stay safe and know your rights

1.5.1 The Stage Castings moderation process

1.5.2 Making a complaint

1.5.3 Paid and unpaid roles - understanding the differences

1.5.4 Age limit

1.5.5 Stay safe at auditions

1.6 Pure Solo

1.6.1 Can I use the video recording facility on my iPad?

1.6.2 I am using a Notebook computer and I can't get the recording elements to work

1.6.3 Are there minimum requirements to use the recorder?

1.6.4 The quality of my video recording is poor

1.6.5 Is the service legal?

1.6.6 What can I do with my recordings?

1.6.7 I'm getting the error message "No Video from your selected camera"

1.6.8 When I come to mix my recording, it seems to be out of sync with the backing track

1.6.9 Why can I hear the backing playing twice?

1.6.10 How else can I improve my recordings?

1.6.11 Can I use an external video camera rather than a built in web cam?

2. FAQs/Help for casting professionals

2.1 Why use The Stage Castings

2.2 Start using The Stage Castings today

2.2.1 Sign up

2.2.2 Post a casting breakdown

2.3 Request and receive bespoke video performances with The Stage Castings

2.4 Managing your castings and applications

2.4.1 How to submit your casting to agents only

2.4.2 How to make a shortlist

2.4.3 How to contact a performer

2.4.4 Can I find talent without posting a job?

2.4.5 I've forgotten my username and password

2.4.6 I want to change my email address or password

2.5 Is your opportunity paid or unpaid?

3. FAQs for agents

3.1 What is The Stage Castings?

3.2 How can The Stage Castings help me find work for my clients?

3.3 Will I receive information about paid roles and non-paid roles?

3.4 How do I register as an agent?

3.5 How do I receive breakdowns from casting professionals through The Stage Castings?

3.6 How do I recommend my client for a role?

3.7 What happens after my client has applied for a role?

3.8 I've forgotten my username and password

3.9 I want to change my password/email

4. Terms and conditions

1. FAQs/Help for performers
1.1 Membership
Why become a member?

The Stage Castings is an online casting service that uses cutting-edge technology to help you find quality auditions and demonstrate your talent.

Watch our video to learn more about The Stage Castings

You can choose from two membership types: BASIC (free) and FULL.

As a full member, your profile appears to casting professionals in the Performer Directory, you can apply for paid work and you can submit bespoke video auditions for roles. You can try full membership completely free for 1 month.

Compare the benefits of BASIC and FULL membership:

full basic
Apply for paid jobs
Apply for unpaid opportunities
Submit specifically requested video performances
Appear in the Performer Directory
Receive instant email alerts

It takes just a few minutes to create a profile, choose your membership and start applying for opportunities. Join The Stage Castings now!

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How much does it cost to join?

There are two membership types: BASIC and FULL. Watch our quick video on how to choose the membership type that's right for you.

Full membership provides exclusive benefits that you can't access with basic membership, and you can try it completely free for 1 month.

full basic
£10 + VAT per month
or
£100 + VAT per year
FREE

Join The Stage Castings now and try full membership completely free for 1 month.

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Are there any criteria for becoming a member?

The only criteria for becoming a member of The Stage Castings is that you are 16 years or over. You will need a headshot photograph of yourself in order create a profile.

Read our tips on what makes a great headshot

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How do I cancel my payments?

Sign in to The Stage Castings. In the navigation bar, click on 'My profile'. In the right hand corner of your profile you will see information about your payment type. Click the link 'My payment details', which will take you to your Payment Account. At the bottom of this page you'll see the words 'Cancel my full membership'. Click this link and follow the instructions.

Cancelling your payments for full membership means that you will become a basic member. Your profile will remain on the site but you will lose access to information about paid work, you won't be able to apply with a bespoke video audition and you'll no longer appear in the performer directory.

If you wish to remove your profile entirely from the service, follow these instructions.

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How do I remove my profile from The Stage Castings?

You can request your profile to be removed from The Stage Castings service by emailing castingshelp@thestage.co.uk.

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How do I keep track of my payments?

Sign in to The Stage Castings. In the navigation bar, click on 'My profile'. In the billings section of your profile you'll be able to view your billing history, which includes details of every payment you have made to the service and access to an invoice for each payment.

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1.2 Managing my profile
How do I create a profile?

It's extremely easy to create a performer profile on The Stage Castings. Just follow the steps, providing the information requested.

Create my profile now

If you want to know exactly what it involves, our instructional video will lead you through the process.

It is obligatory to upload a headshot photograph of yourself to your profile. Read our tips on what makes a great headshot.

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How do I edit the information on my profile?

You can control and edit any information on your profile. Simply sign in to The Stage Castings and hover over 'My profile' in the navigation bar. This will reveal an 'Edit profile' link that you can follow.

Alternatively, view your profile and click the link 'Edit my profile' which appears beside your name.

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How do I change my profile picture, upload more photos or delete photos?

You can manage the photographs that appear on your profile. First of all, sign in to The Stage Castings and hover over 'My profile' in the navigation bar. This will reveal an 'Edit profile' link that you can follow. Next, select the 'My Photos' tab.

It is mandatory to have one headshot photograph on your profile at all times. If you wish to change your headshot then you must first upload your new headshot from your computer. Select 'Add photos' and follow the instructions. You can then choose which image to use as your headshot.

You can upload as many photos as you wish. Beside each photo you have the option to delete it from your profile.

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How do I upload a showreel or voicereel to my profile?

You can upload a showreel or voicereel to your profile as part of the final step in creating your profile. The 'Media' tab allows you to provide links to any other online profiles you may wish to share, your personal website and your demo tapes. If you've already completed your profile and want to add a showreel or voicereel, hover over 'My profile' in the navigation and select 'Edit profile'.

To share a showreel, you simply need to paste the url of the page where your video is hosted.

You can upload audio files to our system, which supports MP3, MP4, WAV and WMA file formats.

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What is a 'playing age range'?

You can specify your playing age range on your performer profile. Casting professionals will most likely be looking for performers within a certain age range, and they can use the 'age range' filter on The Stage Castings to search our Performer Directory for performers who match their requirements.

Your playing age is the age you look, and it's likely to be very similar to your actual age. However, you may feel that you can play slightly younger or slightly older than your actual age, which is why you can select a range of ages. We have limited the playing age range to a period of 15 years, to ensure that your range is realistic.

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I've forgotten my username and password

To sign in, you need to provide the email address that you supplied when creating your profile and your password.

If you've forgotten your password, follow this link: Forgotten password

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I want to change my email address or password

To change your email address, or provide a new password to access your account, first go to 'Edit my profile'. You can reach this section of the site once you are signed in to The Stage Castings. In the navigation bar you'll see 'My profile' – hover over this and click 'Edit profile'.

Next, select the 'My details' tab. Here you can change your email address or type in a new password. Click 'Update' to save the changes you make.

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How can I appear in the Performer Directory?

Appearing in the Performer Directory means that casting professionals can view your profile and contact you with any opportunities they may have. To ensure you're visible to any potential employers browsing our site, you'll need to be a full member.

If you haven't yet created a profile then you'll need to do this first of all. Then, when you come to select your membership type, choose one of the full membership payment types. If you're a first time full member, you can enjoy a 1 month free trial with all the benefits - including entry in the Performer Directory.

Create my profile now

If you're currently a basic member, simply sign in to The Stage Castings and click 'Upgrade' within the navigation bar. It takes just a few minutes to become a full member.

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How do I manage the communications that I receive?


Email alerts
You can choose whether to receive instant email alerts about opportunities that match your preferences on The Stage Castings. To do this simply sign in to The Stage Castings and hover over 'My profile' in the navigation bar. This will reveal an 'Edit profile' link that you can follow. Select the 'Work sought' tab – here you have the option to choose to receive our email alerts.


Changing the types of roles you receive information about
The types of roles that you receive emails about is based upon the type of work you're interested in, the location you wish to work in and your gender. You can change your preferences about type of work and location on the 'Work sought' tab, as detailed above.


The Stage Castings newsletter and information from The Stage
You can determine whether to receive The Stage Castings Newsletter, and any communications from The Stage or third parties on the 'My details' tab.

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1.3 Applying for castings and auditions
How do I apply for an opportunity?

You can find opportunities by following the 'Find a casting' link in the navigation bar. Use the filters on the left hand side to find castings that match your preferences. You must be a full member of The Stage Castings to apply for paid roles. If you're a basic member, log in to your account to upgrade to full membership now. If you're not yet a member, you can sign up here.

You can click on the title of an opportunity for more information about it. 'Apply' will take you through to a page on which you can write a covering message that will be submitted to the casting professional, along with your profile. When you're happy with your covering message, click apply and your submission will be sent to the advertiser.

At this point you may be asked to submit an optional bespoke video performance along with your application, if the advertiser has decided they would like to receive this. Find out more about submitting a video performance.

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What is The Stage Castings video audition technology?

The Stage Castings features video audition technology, powered by Pure Solo, that you won't find available on any other online casting service. The technology allows you to record a video of yourself using your computer's recording functionality and submits it for a role through our service.

You may be asked to record a speech, skill or song. If it's a song, then the casting professional can choose a backing track from our extensive library of songs. When you perform the song, the lyrics will appear on your screen in time with the music. Alternatively, you can record an unaccompanied song against a 'blank track'. If they want you to perform a speech then they may provide a script or piece of text that they wish you to perform. It's entirely optional for the casting professional to request a video audition from you or not.

You must be a full member of The Stage Castings in order to submit video recordings for a role. There is a small charge for purchasing a backing track, usually about 99p. Once you have purchased it, you can use it as often as you wish. A 'blank' track is free.

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How do I record and submit a bespoke video performance using The Stage Castings?

You will first of all need to apply for a role. Read our FAQ about how to apply for a role. Read our FAQ about how to apply for a role.

Our instructional video will take you through every step of recording a video, or you can read on for an overview of the process.

Once you have applied for a casting, you may be asked to record a bespoke video audition. It’s not obligatory to submit one, but it is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the role.

If you’re asked to record a video, you’ll be taken to this page, explaining how to do it.

Recording an unaccompanied song, skill or monologue?
You will record over a ‘blank track’. The casting professional may provide text or lyrics for you to use in the audition that you can print out or view whilst you’re making your recording. It’s free to record using a blank track.

Recording a song with a backing track?
The casting professional will select a song or songs from our library of backing tracks. They’ll appear in the left hand column. Select the track you wish to perform. There is a charge for each track – approximately 99p. Once you have purchased the track it is yours to record with as much as you wish. Once you’ve selected the track, press 'Pay & Record.'

You’ll then be able to make your recording. Here’s an example of what the page looks like when you’re recording against a backing track. Follow the instructions to make your recording.

When you’ve finished your recording, you can play it back. You can record the track as many times as you wish until you get a version that you’re happy with. If you do choose to record the track again, you will lose the previous version. You can also adjust the settings of the audio – read our tips on what you can do here

Once you're happy with the results, save the video.

Finally, you can submit your video and choose what level of privacy you want for your video.

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1.4 Tips and advice for performers
Tips for creating a brilliant performer profile and cover message

Your profile is not a static CV. Make sure you keep it up-to-date with all your latest credits and experience.

Follow these tips to make your profile and cover messages stand out form the crowd:
  • Skills and experience
    Be honest and accurate about your skills and experience. If you claim on your profile to be able to do an accent, for example, you must be able and willing to demonstrate it proficiently at an audition.
  • Credits
    Ensure your credits are up-to-date with all your latest roles and experience.
  • Photographs
    Your headshot photograph can be colour or black and white. It should be professionally shot, cropped to your shoulders and really look like you. You can upload several photos of yourself to your Stage Castings profile, so use the opportunity to show some variety in your pictures: have a mix of black and white and colour shots, include a full length photo of yourself and chose some different poses or looks.
  • Media
    The 'Media' tab of your profile allows you to share links to other online profiles you may have and upload any audio or video files. If you're an Equity or Spotlight member, you can mention that here. In addition, if you have any other digital platforms – such as a personal website or social media profiles - you can link to them here. The decision to share this information is yours, but it's recommended to only link to these profiles if you're comfortable with prospective employers looking at the content of them.
  • Cover message
    When you write your cover message with an application, you needn't replicate everything that's on your profile, as the casting professional can see it too. Keep your message succinct, highlighting the experience and skills you have that are specifically relevant to the role. Check your spelling and grammar before you submit your application.
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Tips for recording a bespoke video audition with The Stage Castings

Do read the instructions provided by the advertiser very carefully before you make your recording.
Do choose a well-lit space in which to make your recording so your computer's camera can get the best possible results.
Do ensure you have a tidy, uncluttered background behind you when you make your recording.
Don't use a microphone when you make your video recording. Our system is optimised to get the very best results using your computer's built-in microphone.
Do plug headphones into your computer when making your recording. This will improve the quality of your recording by separating the sound going into your computer from the sound coming out. If you're recording to a backing track, you'll need to listen through the headphones to hear the music. If you're recording without a backing track you don't actually need to use the headphones. Just leave them plugged into your computer.
Do consider buying extension leads for your microphone and headphones. This will allow you more space to move around in front of the computer's camera.
Do adjust the 'mic' and 'backing track' levels on your recording screen so they are just tipping into the red.

Do watch back your performance and make any adjustments to it on the mix page.

  1. "Adjust Audio Levels" - using these sliders you can adjust the relative volumes of your performance and the backing track until you are happy with the mix.
  2. "Adjust Your Timing" - occasionally your computer can struggle to process the recording signal efficiently which can mean that your performance is slightly out of time with the backing track when you play it back. You can adjust this by moving your performance earlier or later using the slider provided. If at any time you wish to go back to how it was originally, you can press 'Reset'
  3. If you are hearing an echo or can hear the backing track playing twice, this is probably because the mic has picked up a lot of the backing and is playing it back with a slight delay. By clicking the check box you will mute the backing track and solve the issue.
  4. "Reverb" - you can add reverb (an echo sound to your voice) to your performance to make it sound more studio-like by using the slider. The further to the right you go, the more reverb will be applied.

don't submit your recording until you're completely happy with it. You can record your performance as many times as you like until you get a take you're happy with.

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Industry advice and useful resources

Education and training

Search The Stage's listings of performing arts industry training and catch up with the latest education news from our expert, Susan Elkin. thestage.co.uk/training/

Find out about opportunities for funding your training through The Stage's exceptional scholarships programme The Stage Scholarships

Suppliers and services

The Stage Directory of suppliers and services is a fantastic free online resource for performers. Whether you're looking for a photographer, a rehearsal room or an accountant, the directory will help you find businesses, services or products to enhance your performance activities. In addition you can use our location finder to ensure you find the right suppliers where you need them. http://directory.thestage.co.uk/

Industry insight

Read the latest industry insights and observations from our entertainment experts in our online columns.

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1.5 Stay safe and know your rights
The Stage Castings' moderation procedure

Performer profiles

When a performer creates a profile on The Stage Castings it will immediately be live on the service. It will be visible to advertisers if the performer applies for a role and visible in the Performer Directory if the performer becomes a full member.

The Stage Castings reviews all new profiles created on the site, but as indicated above, this happens after the profile has been created. If we see any inappropriate or offensive photos or content on a profile then we can choose to flag this with the performer and their profile will not be visible again until they have changed the content. The Stage Castings reserves the right to ban repeat offenders from using the service.

Auditions and castings

When an advertiser posts a casting breakdown it will be immediately live on the service. The Stage Castings reviews all new casting breakdowns on the site. If we see any inappropriate, offensive or misleading content in a casting then we can choose to flag this with the advertiser and their casting will not be visible again until they have changed the content. The Stage Castings reserves the right to ban repeat offenders from using the service.

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Making a complaint

If you see any inappropriate, offensive or misleading content on The Stage Castings, whether on a performer profile or in a casting breakdown, please let us know. There is a ‘Report abuse’ link at the bottom of most pages of The Stage Castings’ website. Follow this link to describe the nature of the abuse. We will review all complaints that we receive. Alternatively, contact us on complaints@thestage.co.uk

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Paid, low paid and unpaid roles - understanding the differences

The Stage Castings provides information about paid work and low paid/unpaid opportunities. Paid work is defined as work for which you are paid at least the National Minimum Wage. You do not have to be a paying member of The Stage Castings to apply for unpaid or low paid roles, whereas you do have to be a paying member to apply for paid work.

We share information about low paid and unpaid roles because we appreciate that they can aid a performer’s development. In a recent survey we conducted, 89.6% of respondents said they felt there was a value in undertaking unpaid or low paid opportunities.

Understanding the classifications

When an advertiser posts a casting, they are asked to choose the nature of the opportunity from the following categories:

Low paid/no paid categories:
Voluntary Intern Charity Profit share Expenses only

In order to describe the opportunity as anything other than 'Paid', the advertiser must be satisfied that the individual undertaking the role is not entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Simply labelling an individual who would undertake a role as, say, a volunteer or intern, does not necessarily mean that they are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

The advertiser must be sure that the individual does not fall into either of the following categories:

  1. Employee

    This is someone who works under a contract of employment. A contract of employment is an agreement between an employer and employee and is the basis of the employment relationship.It does not have to be in writing to exist – a verbal agreement is sufficient. There are 3 key ingredients which need to be present in an employment contract/relationship. These are:

    • The individual is required to carry out the work personally. They therefore cannot agree to do the work, but then send someone along in their place to undertake the role; and
    • The [production company] is obliged to offer work to the individual and, when offered work by the [company], the individual is obliged to take the work (and if they refuse, they would be disciplined) - and the company must, of course, pay the individual in return if they carry out the role; and
    • The [company] must exercise at least some control over the individual in how they perform the role; the individual must obey their orders and directions.

    There are also a large number of other factors to be taken into account in deciding whether or not they will be regarded as employees, such as: how are they paid - "wages" or a "fee" (wages points towards employment, fees towards non employment); does the individual provide their own equipment to do the work (such as clothing, hats, props.. even their own dog!) - if they do, they are less likely to be employees; whether they can be disciplined under the [company's] normal disciplinary rules and procedures that they have for their employees and can the individual raise grievances under the company's own internal procedures; do they get contractual holiday and sick pay in the same way as for "other" employees of the [company]; do they get benefits other than pay; how are they registered for tax; will they be "part of" the [production company's] business, and are there any restrictions on working elsewhere.

  2. Worker

    This is someone who, although not an employee, they nevertheless work under any other type of contract (ie, not a contract of employment) where:

    • The individual must carry out the work personally (the same as in (1) above); and
    • The [production company] is obliged to offer work to the individual and, when offered work by the [company], the individual is obliged to take the work, (and the company must, of course, pay the individual in return if they carry out the role) (the same as in (1) above); and
    • The "employer" (the [production company], for example), is not a client or customer of a business being carried on by that individual (ie, the person who is doing the role isn't doing so as part of a business they are running).

    As can be seen, a key difference between being an "employee" and a "worker" is the absence of the need for the [production company] to be able to control the individual - but remember that even if you are confident that the individual is not an employee, they could still be a worker and therefore entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage.

    If performing the role means that you would fall into either of the two categories above, then it must be described as 'Paid' work and you are entitled to receive at least the National Minimum wage.

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Age limit

You must be 16 years or over to join The Stage Castings.

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Stay safe at auditions

Genuine auditions do not charge performers to attend.

Do not go to a non-business address on your own for an audition or meeting. If you must, tell someone where you're going.

If you have any concerns about a casting or audition you’ve attended through The Stage Castings, contact us on info@thestage.co.uk

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1.6 Pure Solo
Can I use the video recording facility on my iPad?

Certain elements of the recording process are done in the Flash format and unfortunately Apple iOS devices do not support Flash.

I am using a Notebook computer and I can't get the recording elements to work

Many Notebook computers have a basic feature set and are therefore unable to cope with the demands of the recording platform. If this an issue, try using the service on a laptop or desktop computer.

Are there minimum requirements to use the recorder?

Because of the technical complexity of the recording platform - recording video whilst playing video - there are minimum technical requirements as follows:

Windows 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks Microsoft® Windows® XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista® (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit), or Windows Server 2012 (64 bit) Internet Explorer 8.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11 512MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
Mac OS Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8 Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17, Google Chrome, or Opera 11 512MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
Flash Flash player 11.1 and above

The quality of my video recording is poor

If you are videoing in low light conditions then your camera will use up much of its energy trying to focus, resulting in a poor or grainy video. Try to make sure you record in a well lit room with no direct light behind you - just as you would when taking any kind of picture. More tips on making a great video

Is the service legal?

Pure Solo has negotiated the required agreements with the labels and publishers in order for you to legally record the songs within The Stage Castings. Any royalty or third party payments are taken care of and we do our utmost to make sure that anyone who should be paid, is paid.

What can I do with my recordings?

Recordings made within The Stage Castings service are cleared only for use within the service. If you wish to use them outside of the service - for example in any commercial sense - then you are responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions and paying any royalties that may or may not be due to rights holders.

I'm getting the error message "No Video from your selected camera"

If you have open any other program that uses your camera (for example Skype, FaceTime etc) then The Stage Castings recorder will not be able to access it. Please turn off any other software which may be using the camera and try again. If you are using Chrome, please ensure that you click the 'Allow' button in the bar just below the Navigation Bar.

When I come to mix my recording, it seems to be out of sync with the backing track

Occasionally, if your computer is short on CPU resource (that is, processing power/capability) at the time of recording, your recording can be out of sync with the backing track. Closing any unnecessary applications running on your computer may help to avoid this.

If the problem occurs, you can fix it by using the Timing bar in the mix page. Pressing the - sign will make your voice play back sooner in relation to the backing and the + will make it later in relation to the backing. Try making these adjustments until you are happy that your recording is in sync with the backing. If you lose where you are, then pressing the Reset button will take you back to where you started.

Why can I hear the backing playing twice?

If your speakers were loud when you made your recording or your mic was nearby, then the mic will pick up the backing and you may hear it during playback. You can try to fix this by experimenting with the timing bar or, if you can't make that work then you can check the 'Mute the Backing Track' box.

How else can I improve my recordings?

You can add reverberation to your recordings using the reverb slider in the mix page. The further to the right you slide it, the more reverb will be applied.

Can I use an external video camera rather than a built in web cam?

If you would rather use an external video camera, please make sure that the camera is plugged in BEFORE you load The Stage Castings recorder. Then, select your video camera from the camera drop down menu at the left side of the recorder. Also, don't forget to shut down any other programs that may be using the camera.

2. FAQs/Help for casting professionals
2.1 Why cast your project with The Stage Castings?

The Stage Castings will help you find talent faster and is completely free for you to use. The system integrates video audition technology, meaning that you can receive bespoke video auditions from applicants, demonstrating the skills you want to see. Combined with the performers CV, photos and multimedia clips, our ground-breaking technology will ensure you only bring the very best talent into the audition room.


Online video castings in 4 simple steps:

  • Post a casting breakdown on The Stage Castings.
  • Request an optional video audition from applicants – specify a speech, skill or song. For a sung performance, you can choose from our library of over 2,000 backing tracks, or you can request an unaccompanied performance.
  • Receive performers' submissions – cover letter, experience, skills, qualifications, photos, clips and video auditions.
  • Shortlist the most suitable candidates for the role.

    To cast a project with The Stage Castings, contact your dedicated Account Manager Aaron McGregor on 0207 939 8497 or email aaron@thestage.co.uk.

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2.2 Start using The Stage Castings today

Watch our video for detailed instructions on how to sign up, post a casting and manage your applications. Alternatively follow the guidance below.

Sign up

You will need to sign up to The Stage Castings as an advertiser in order to post a casting breakdown. We require just a few basic details about you or your company. Any personal or contact information you provide will not be visible to performers – all they will see about you when you post a casting is your company name. We simply need this information in case we need to get in touch with you

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Post a casting breakdown

Once you have logged in to The Stage Castings, select 'Post a casting' from the navigation bar.

There are four simple steps you will then follow:

  • Provide details about the production
  • Add role-specific information
  • (Optional) Request a bespoke video performance
  • Preview and post your casting

Watch our video for more detail on how to post a casting.

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2.3 Request and receive bespoke video performances with The Stage Castings

Requesting a bespoke video audition from applicants means that you can see whether they have the skills and talent you require, making your screening process much more efficient. Once you've provided information about the role you're casting, you'll automatically be given the chance to request videos. Our system integrates with the video function on the performer's computer, so it's incredibly easy for them to make their recording. It's optional, however, so you can post a casting on the service without requesting a video performance.


If you wish to receive an accompanied song, you can choose a backing track from our library of music. When a performer sings against a backing track, the lyrics will appear to them in time with the music on their screen. Performers have to pay a small amount to purchase a backing track – usually about 99p.


If you wish to receive an unaccompanied song, skill or monologue, the performer will make their recording against a blank track. You can paste any text or script that you want the performer to use along with your video request.


Whatever kind of video you request, you can provide additional instructions to performers about what you want them to do in the video.


Take a look at our video to see the steps in the process of requesting video performances for your casting.

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2.4 Managing your castings and applications

You can manage your castings and applications from your Dashboard. To find your dashboard, log in to The Stage Castings and click on the 'My Dashboard' link in the navigation bar. Watch our video or read on for more guidance.

From this page you can:

  • Post a new casting or close an existing casting
  • Edit existing adverts and roles
  • View applications for each role
  • View our database of suitable performers for each role

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How to submit your casting to agents only

If you’re casting a paid job you can choose whether to make your casting available directly to all performers registered on The Stage Castings, or solely to agents who use The Stage Castings. If your position is not a paid job then it will automatically be shared directly with performers.

You’ll be required to select which option you prefer, whilst you’re providing information about the role you’re casting. If you choose to post your casting to agents only, you can then decide whether to post it to all the agents registered on our site or to make your own selection from them. Selecting agents-only means that an email will be triggered to agents which they can then forward to suitable clients. Their clients will apply for the role directly (and they must be paying subscribers to The Stage Castings in order to do so) and you will be told which agent referred them for the job.

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How to make a shortlist

When you view a performer's application for a role, you have the option to add them to a shortlist of candidates.

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How to contact a performer

You'll find contact details for the performer under the 'Contact' tab of their profile.

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Can I find talent without posting a job?

You can search our Performer Directory of talent, but you will need to have registered in order to contact a performer.

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I’ve forgotten my username and password

To sign in, you need to provide the email address that you supplied when creating your profile and your password.

If you've forgotten your password, follow this link: Forgotten password

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I want to change my email address or password

To change your email address, or provide a new password to access your account, sign in to The Stage Castings. In the navigation bar you'll see 'My Dashboard' – hover over this and click 'Edit my details'. Here you can change your email address or type in a new password. Click 'Update' to save the changes you make.

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2.5 Is your opportunity paid, low paid or unpaid?

The Stage Castings provides information about paid work, low paid and unpaid opportunities. Paid work is defined as work for which you are paid the at least the National Minimum Wage. Performers do not need to be paying members of The Stage Castings to apply for low paid or unpaid roles, whereas they must be paying members to apply for paid work.

We share information about low paid and unpaid roles because we appreciate that they can aid a performer's development. In a recent survey we conducted, 89.6% of respondents said they felt there was a value in undertaking unpaid or low paid opportunities.

Choosing an appropriate classification

You will be asked to choose the nature of your opportunity from the following categories:

Low paid/no paid categories:
Voluntary Intern Charity Profit share Expenses only

To describe your opportunity as 'Paid' you must be certain that the individual undertaking the role falls into the category of 'Employee' or 'Worker'. If they do, they are entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage.

If you select one of the other five categories, which may indicate low or no pay, you are saying that you are satisfied that the individual undertaking the role is not entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Simply labelling an individual who would undertake a role as, say, a volunteer or intern, does not necessarily mean that they are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

  1. Employee

    This is someone who works under a contract of employment. A contract of employment is an agreement between an employer and employee and is the basis of the employment relationship.It does not have to be in writing to exist – a verbal agreement is sufficient. There are 3 key ingredients which need to be present in an employment contract/relationship. These are:

    • The individual is required to carry out the work personally. They therefore cannot agree to do the work, but then send someone along in their place to undertake the role; and
    • The [production company] is obliged to offer work to the individual and, when offered work by the [company], the individual is obliged to take the work (and if they refuse, they would be disciplined) - and the company must, of course, pay the individual in return if they carry out the role; and
    • The [company] must exercise at least some control over the individual in how they perform the role; the individual must obey their orders and directions.

    There are also a large number of other factors to be taken into account in deciding whether or not they will be regarded as employees, such as: how are they paid - "wages" or a "fee" (wages points towards employment, fees towards non employment); does the individual provide their own equipment to do the work (such as clothing, hats, props.. even their own dog!) - if they do, they are less likely to be employees; whether they can be disciplined under the [company's] normal disciplinary rules and procedures that they have for their employees and can the individual raise grievances under the company's own internal procedures; do they get contractual holiday and sick pay in the same way as for "other" employees of the [company]; do they get benefits other than pay; how are they registered for tax; will they be "part of" the [production company's] business, and are there any restrictions on working elsewhere.

  2. Worker

    This is someone who, although not an employee, they nevertheless work under any other type of contract (ie, not a contract of employment) where:

    • The individual must carry out the work personally (the same as in (1) above); and
    • The [production company] is obliged to offer work to the individual and, when offered work by the [company], the individual is obliged to take the work, (and the company must, of course, pay the individual in return if they carry out the role) (the same as in (1) above); and
    • The "employer" (the [production company], for example), is not a client or customer of a business being carried on by that individual (ie, the person who is doing the role isn't doing so as part of a business they are running).

    As can be seen, a key difference between being an "employee" and a "worker" is the absence of the need for the [production company] to be able to control the individual - but remember that even if you are confident that the individual is not an employee, they could still be a worker and therefore entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage.

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3. FAQs/Help for agents
3.1 What is The Stage Castings?

The Stage Castings is an online casting service that helps performers find quality auditions and demonstrate their talent to casting professionals. The system integrates video audition technology, meaning that performers can record and submit bespoke video auditions with their applications. This improves the efficiency of the casting process and, combined with the performer profile, photos and multimedia clips, the service ensures that your client will stand out form the crowd.

Performers must join The Stage Castings in order to apply for opportunities. We share information about paying and low/no paying opportunities. Performers must be paying subscribers to the service to apply for paid roles, however, they needn't be paying subscribers to apply for low/no paid opportunities. There is no charge to casting professionals and agents for using the service.

3.2 How can The Stage Castings help me find work for my clients?

You will need to register for free as an agent with The Stage Castings. When casting professionals place breakdowns on the service, they can choose whether the information is sent to performers, or to agents only. If they wish to send it to agents, they can either send it to all registered agents or select which specific agents they would like to receive the information. If you are selected, you will receive emails notifying you of all new castings. You can then send these emails to any suitable clients. When a client applies for a role, they are obliged to state which agent has referred them to the opportunity and that information will be shared with the casting professional.

3.3 Will I receive information about paid roles and non-paid roles?

No. You will only receive information from us about paid roles and your client will need to be a paying member of The Stage Castings in order to apply for the role. That information will be shared with the casting professional.

3.4 How do I register as an agent?

Follow the link on the homepage to the agent registration page. You will simply need to provide some contact details in order to register.

3.5 How do I receive breakdowns from casting professionals through The Stage Castings?

Once you have registered as an agent, you will receive an instant email notification when a casting professional has chosen to share details of an 'agents only' casting with you.

3.6 How do I recommend my client for a role?

When you receive an email notification about a role that could be of interest to one of your clients, forward the information to them. It is up to the performer to follow the application process, signing up to The Stage Castings if they are not already a member, and submitting a bespoke video audition if one has been requested.

When the performer clicks on the link in the email you have forwarded them, it is mandatory, as part of the application process, for the performer to identify the agent who has referred them for the role.

3.7 What happens after my client has applied for a role?

The casting professional will receive the performer's application and, if they wish to take it further, they can contact the performer using the contact details the performer provided as part of the sign up process.

We ask performers to provide the name and contact details of their agent, if they have representation, at the outset of the sign up process.

3.8 I've forgotten my username and password

To sign in, you need to provide the email address that you supplied when registering.

If you've forgotten your password, follow this link: Forgotten password

3.9 I want to change my password/email

To change the email address or password for your account, sign in to The Stage Castings. From there you'll be able to view and edit your profile, which allows you to supply a new email address or password.

4. Terms and conditions

View our full terms and conditions