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Stonehenge Casting is back up!

After a lot of hard work, we are pleased to announce that Stonehenge Casting is up and running with on some new, more robust servers.

Plus, we’ve taken the opportunity to upgrade the site to version 0.4.

We’ll be having a number of posts about the improvements and how the features of particular interest to both producers and actors.

Stonehenge Casting: How to Submit to a Project

If you’ve been following the announcements, you know that:

  1. We’ve just upgraded Stonehenge Casting to version 0.3, and
  2. That means that, if you have an actor/performer profile on the site, you’ll want to make some updates.

We’re going page by page in your profile and feature by feature. You can get the full list in the original announcement.

If you went through the previous articles, you’ll have taken care of a number of updates to your profile and even checked how your profile appears to prospective employers.

One of the new features for this version is the Project module, which you will see as a tab when you log in.

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Once you click on the tab, you’ll see all the projects producers that are currently open — which you will be able to sort through.

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If you recall the preferences you entered into your new Project & Preferences page, you might be wondering if you’ll eventually be able to sort by those criteria. Our plan is to add that functionality in a future update.

In any case, once you click on a project title, its detail page will come up:

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Here you should see the information you need to decide whether or not the project is a right fit, including the payscale and production dates.

In some cases, a producer may send you a private link to a project (not unlike a link to a private YouTube video). Please follow the producer’s instructions regarding the privacy of the link.

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For a private project link, you will likely need to paste the link into your browser, potentially logging into Stonehenge again for the detail page to come up correctly.

In either case, if you decide the project is one you’d like to submit for, go ahead and click the submit button at the bottom of the detail page:

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Once you do, the role field will pop up. In the case of multiple roles mentioned in the casting notice (consider how many we had for the Broken Continent), this is where you’d want to specify which roles you’d like to be considered for.

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Once you have entered that information, go ahead and click the “Submit” button again. You should get a “completed” message like this:

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Your profile will now appear in the producer’s submission folder. Easy for you, even easier for producers to review.

No promises that you’ll be called in to audition or get the part: in that way, Stonehenge online is just like the in-person auditions. We do hope you all break an electronic leg, though.

 

 

Unplanned Site Outage affecting Stonehenge Casting

We’ve recently learned our hosting company which we use for Stonehenge is experiencing an outage, meaning users will not be able to reach the site.

The silver lining here is that this is precisely why we have our blog with a separate hosting company.

We will advise you via this blog and our Twitter (@jabbernews) when service is restored.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

UPDATE, 2:00pm ET: Our hosting company has confirmed they are experiencing a large DDoS attack. It has not been resolved yet.

UPDATE, 5:00pm ET: Our hosting company confirmed that they had resolved the problem and servers were coming back online. We’ve confirmed Stonehenge is back (though it might be responding a bit slower than usual).

Stonehenge Casting: Update Your Attachments and Links

If you’ve been following the announcements, you know that:

  1. We’ve just upgraded Stonehenge Casting to version 0.3, and
  2. That means that, if you have an actor/performer profile on the site, you’ll want to make some updates.

We’re going page by page in your profile and feature by feature. You can get the full list in the original announcement.

If you went through the previous article, you saved updates to the Union Status and Availability page and then continued past the Special Information page (where no new updates were made with version 0.3).

If not, you’ll want to click on the profile tab after you’ve logged in:

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And then select “Attachments and Links” from the right-hand navigation column

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Either method, you should then see the Attachments and Links  page, formerly known just as “Attachments.”

There’s several different enhancements here.

1. Improved Headshot and Resume uploads

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Based on feedback from many actors, we’ve improved the upload system so you can see the upload progress. The headshot and resume are also no longer required fields.

You still need to click “Save” for the new headshot or resume to be saved to your profile, so don’t forget to do that.

Two things to note with the new system. First, if you do not have any headshot or resume uploaded, your profile will not show up by default in producer searches. As stated elsewhere, when you’re first setting up a profile on Stonehenge, we understand if you don’t have a properly sized headshot or resume file ready to upload, but don’t delay!

Second, whatever the name of your source file, headshot or resume, the name of the file will be standardized to our system.

2. New personal website link

For those of you that have a personal actor website, you can place the link here. Note, that this is separate from whether you have a demo reel. For the demo reel link, be sure to put the direct link, whether that link takes producers to the specific page on your personal website where the demo video is embedded or elsewhere (e.g. a YouTube or Vimeo page).

3. New IMDb link

For those of you who want to flaunt your many IMDb credits, put your IMDb page link here.

Please note we have no official opinion as to whether listing an IMDb page helps you or hinders you — we simply know that both actors and producers have asked for it.

Once you’re satisfied by your updates, click “Save” and you should be finished updating your profile. Yay!

After you’ve reveled in your updates, however, you may want to check out how your profile appears to prospective employers and learn how to submit to a project  — both new features for version 0.3 of Stonehenge.

Stonehenge Casting: Validate your Union Status (if you’re union)

If you’ve been following the announcements, you know that:

  1. We’ve just upgraded Stonehenge Casting to version 0.3, and
  2. That means that, if you have an actor/performer profile on the site, you’ll want to make some updates.

We’re going page by page in your profile and feature by feature. You can get the full list in the original announcement.

If you went through the previous article, you saved updates to the Appearance page.

If not, you’ll want to click on the profile tab after you’ve logged in:

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And then select “Union Status & Availability” from the right-hand navigation column

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Either method, you should then see the Union Status & Availability  page, formerly known as “Roles and Availability.”

The “Roles” field has been effectively replaced by the new “Projects and Preferences” page. If you haven’t already updated your information there, please take some time and add your information to that page.

The big change here is added a mechanism to validate union membership for members of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity. With the upgrade to version 0.3, union membership for all profiles has been removed. Therefore, if you’re a member in good standing of either union, you will need to re-enter your membership for it to show up in searches on Stonehenge.

Navigate to this page, check the relevant boxes and enter your membership number, eight digits for SAG-AFTRA and six digits for Equity. Add a zero (“0”) to the beginning of your number if you’re a long-standing member (from our previous research, some of you are).

This feature was one of the most highly requested from employers, especially the team working on casting for House of Cards. It expedites the Station 12 clearance process for SAG-AFTRA performers greatly.

Once you’re satisfied by your updates, click “Save and Continue” and you should go to Special Information

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We haven’t added or modified any fields on this page, so as long as you don’t have anything to add, you can go ahead and go continue to “Attachments and Links.”

Stonehenge Casting: Update Appearance

If you’ve been following the announcements, you know that:

  1. We’ve just upgraded Stonehenge Casting to version 0.3, and
  2. That means that, if you have an actor/performer profile on the site, you’ll want to make some updates.

We’re going page by page in your profile and feature by feature. You can get the full list in the original announcement.

If you went through the previous article, you saved updates to the Contact Information page.

If not, you’ll want to click on the profile tab after you’ve logged in:

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And then select “Appearance” from the right-hand navigation column

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Either method, you should then see the Appearance page, formerly known as the “Physical Information.”

There’s only one new setting on this page, located at the bottom.

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The default to “Other Appearance Information?” is “No.” Select “Yes” if you wish to include additional information about your appearance not covered in the questions above. For example, if you have any scars, tattoos, wigs, extensions, prosthetic limbs, etc. In case you are wondering, yes, actors have asked about being able to have a place to mention each of those items (and more) in some area of the site. Employers have also asked for an ability to more easily search for some, but not all of those items.

When you select “yes,” a text box will appear and you will be able to add all the relevant information detailing the aforementioned scars, tattoos, wigs, extensions, or prosthetic limbs.

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Once you’re satisfied by your updates, click “Save and Continue” and you should go to Union Status and Availability.

Stonehenge Casting: Update your Contact Information

If you’ve been following the announcements, you know that:

  1. We’ve just upgraded Stonehenge Casting to version 0.3, and
  2. That means that, if you have an actor/performer profile on the site, you’ll want to make some updates.

We’re going page by page in your profile and feature by feature. You can get the full list in the original announcement.

If you went through the previous article, you saved updates to the Projects and Preferences page.

If not, you’ll want to click on the profile tab after you’ve logged in:

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And then select “Contact Information” from the right-hand navigation column

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Either method, you should then see the Contact Information page, which has four (4) new settings to check and update. We’ll go through each change in turn.

1. ZIP Code

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To help producers find you –and to help you find projects closer to you– Stonehenge now supports searching by ZIP code. You’ll find it’s now a required field.

You can enter your ZIP code and the site will auto-fill your City and State OR fill in your City and State and the site will auto-fill your ZIP code. Note for some larger cities that cover multiple ZIP codes, you may need to adjust your ZIP code (i.e., if you enter “New York, NY as your city and state, you may need to adjust your specific New York City ZIP code).

2. Masking your full address

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You’re able to include your street address to help conscientious producers expedite payroll and related paperwork, but there’s no reason to share more contact information than needed. Therefore, all actors have “Mask Full Address” checked by default. While checked, producers will not be able to see your street address or your specific ZIP code. You are still searchable by producers, however (producers being able to fine you being one of the prime reasons you have a profile on Stonehenge, after all).

3. Contact Preference

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If you have an agent, you can specify whether you should be contacted first or the agent. We know that some performers are happy to schedule auditions and learn details, leaving agents to handle rates and contracts if an offer is made. Other performers prefer all arrangements to go through their agents first. This allows you that control.

4. Mask Contact Information

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If you have an agent and you would like them contacted first, you can further mask your contact information so that potential employers must contact your agent (i.e., that’s the only contact information prospective employers will see on Stonehenge).

Note that you can’t mask your contact information unless you have both the agent information populated and you’ve selected they are to be contacted first.

Once you’re satisfied by your updates, click “Save and Continue” and you should go to Appearance.

 

Stonehenge Casting: Personalize your new Projects and Preferences page

If you’ve been following the announcements, you know that:

  1. We’ve just upgraded Stonehenge Casting to version 0.3, and
  2. That means that, if you have an actor/performer profile on the site, you’ll want to make some updates.

We’re going page by page in your profile and feature by feature. You can get the full list in the original announcement.

If you went through the previous article, you saved updates to the Basic Information page.

If not, you’ll want to click on the profile tab after you’ve logged in:

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And then select “Projects and Preferences” from the right-hand navigation column

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Either method, you should then see the Projects and Preferences page, which has three sections.

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The first is the “Logline.” Just as any film, from The Godfather to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes can be summarized in one sentence, this is your opportunity to summarize yourself.

(We do not recommend saying “Perfect for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes sequels.” That franchise is unlikely to be re-booted, for one thing.)

You are limited to 200 characters: slightly more than a tweet. While this is an optional field, it may set you apart from other actors in the eyes of potential employers. Be short, positive, and to the point.

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The next section is Types of Work. As the section title indicates, select all the checkboxes for all the types of performance work you’re looking for. If you’re unsure, click on the help icon for a more detailed description.

Your preferences will aid potential employers in looking for you and, with future updates to the site, will allow you to sort through projects as well.

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Finally, we come to Payscale. Select all the checkboxes for the payscales you would be willing to work for, bearing in mind:

  1. Most of the payscales have wide pay ranges
  2. Naturally, you will decide on submitting for and accepting jobs on a case-by-case basis

While the payscales are general, actors have found it useful during the in-person Stonehenge auditions.

One of the things you’ll notice is that while there are options for “Pro-bono” work and “Deferred Pay,” there is not an option for “credit and copy.” If you want to work strictly for free, there are other sites where you can find those casting notices.

We expect you’ll find the widest pay ranges within the “Low Pay” and “Commercial/Market Rates” categories. When submitting to a project, you should always feel free to ask the producer for details. If you’re not satisfied with their answer, you may not wish to submit yourself for consideration. Any producer posting on Stonehenge knows we stress these points with actors.

We’ve broken up both the SAG-AFTRA and the Equity (AEA) into two broad categories. Essentially, one category includes agreements that have established minimums while others allow for more flexibility (including some SAG-AFTRA agreements we know allow for deferred pay).

A big part of Stonehenge is letting potential employers find the performers they need easier. We’re happy to add this page to help you as well. Once you’ve made your selection, click “Save and Continue” and you should go to your Contact Information.

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