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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.

Stonehenge Casting: Make sure you’re searchable as an actor

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.

For this article, we want to touch on a small but important addition, making sure you’re searchable as an actor.

Here’s what you do. First, go to your profile:

Updating your actor profile

Updating your actor profile

From there you should be on your Basic Information page.

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Actor Profile: Basic Information page

It’s relatively unchanged except for one key question you see circled in yellow below.

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Actor Basic Information: New “Searchable as Actor” field

For pretty much all of you, it should be defaulted to “Yes” — and if not, you’ll want to change the radio button from “No” to “Yes” and then click the “Save and Continue” button at the bottom of the page.

So why might you not want to be searchable as an actor?

For one, you may have registered on the site as a producer. Remember, any user on the site can wear multiple hats — and we do have some actor/producers — or even some producers who don’t mind making a cameo now and then. But if you don’t act regularly, this is the easiest way to make sure you don’t show up in searches.

Secondly, in future updates to the site, you’ll be able to specify additional skills. Many of you are actors and singers and dancers, for example. But not all performers act. We’ve heard from them and the employers who want to hire them — and that will become easier through Stonehenge in the coming months.

As with many of these changes, we’ll be contacting users whom we think need to make a change in their profiles.

If you want to check back at all the changes, you can refer to the original announcement about version 0.3.

If not, and if you’ve already clicked “Save and Continue,” you should have moved on to the next page, the new Projects & Preferences page.

Stonehenge Casting: Site Upgraded to Version 0.3

As mentioned in a post from last week and a post from this weekend, Stonehenge Casting has been down to upgrade the site to version 0.3. We are happy to announce we are back up and running.

We’ve made a lot of little and not so little changes to the site. You can see this immediately with the expanded FAQ.

If you have an actor/performer profile on the site, there are several updates you will want to make to show up in searches.

We will break this into several different articles for each feature or page in the actor/performer profile. Here’s what you’ll want to do in the next few days:

  1. Make sure you’re searchable as an actor (assuming you are an actor)
  2. Personalize the new Projects and Preferences page to what you’re looking for
  3. Update your Contact Information, especially your ZIP code
  4. Add details as needed to your Appearance page
  5. Validate your Union Status (if you’re union)
  6. Update details for your Attachments and Links (if you don’t have a headshot and resume, you won’t show up in searches!)
  7. See what your Actor Profile page looks like to producers
  8. Learn how to Submit to a Project

If you have other questions not answered on the pages or in the FAQ, please feel free to Contact Us.

As always, we love to hear feedback. Did you see the update you wanted in this version? What do you want us to include next? Let us know!

Stonehenge Casting: Site down for Upgrade to Version 0.3

As previously mentioned here (as well as via Twitter and our Facebook page), Stonehenge Casting is offline starting now, Saturday, July 12th at 11pm until Sunday, July 13th at 11am Eastern in order to upgrade to version o.3.

Please do not try and log onto to the site at this time.

You will be notified on all our usual channels when the upgrade is complete.

UPDATE, Sunday 11:45am: We have encountered difficulties and will post updates as soon as possible.

 

Stonehenge Casting: Version 0.3 to go Live Sunday, July 13th, at 11am Eastern

We’re happy to announce we’ve completed our testing and the new version of Stonehenge Casting is set to go live on Sunday, July 13th at 11am Eastern. To do that, we’re going to need to take the site down this coming Saturday evening, starting at 11pm.

We ask that all of you log off from the website prior to Saturday at 11pm. If you try and log in between then and Sunday at 11am, you may experience issues

If you have an actor/performer profile on Stonehenge Casting, the changes mean you will need to update your profile.

We’ll be listing all the major changes, but it includes:

  • A new “Projects and Preferences” section
  • New fields in the “Appearance” section (currently named “Physical Information”)
  • New fields in the “Attachments and Links” section (currently named “Attachments”)

We also have some new production companies joining the pilot. From hearing about their projects, we’re confident many of you will look forward to their casting notices.

Stonehenge Casting: Planned Site Outage for v0.2 Complete

We’re happy to report that version 0.2 of Stonehenge Casting has been successfully completed.

Actors and producers are welcome to log back in for all the casting-related enjoyment they can handle.

Actors, if you don’t see much changed, that’s because this site update was mainly for the benefit of producers, to be able to search, sort, and export your profiles better.

However, now might be an excellent time to update your profile, say, to update your availability or get those measurements you haven’t added yet (future wardrobe people will thank you).

Remember, for site updates and other planned outages, we’ll be communicating that here on the Team J blog — as well as our Twitter feed and Facebook page. And yes, unplanned outages will get onto these channels too — though we’re hoping that’s fairly rare.

Stonehenge Casting Launched!

We are very proud to announce the launch of Stonehenge Casting: an online service that, much like the original Stonehenge auditions, connects actors to producers.

In fact, it’s fair to say we’re as happy as a beamish boy galumphing through the Tulgey Wood.

You see, it didn’t take us too long in the history of Henges to realize that while our in-person event was something special, it didn’t fill all a producer’s casting needs.

So, we set about designing a site that, just like Stonehenge auditions, was a little bit different than its peers.

One point was driven home during last year’s casting of The Broken Continent: we needed a way to manage the dizzying amount of submissions coming in. And if we went to the trouble of devising a system that worked for us, well, you know we’d want to share.

So, in case you haven’t gone galumphing off yourself to Stonehenge Casting, know that this here blog (along with our Twitter feed and the Stonehenge Casting Facebook Page) will be the site of official announcements on site updates, site outages, and other related news. (In part because, in the case of an unexpected site outage, this here blog is on separate hosting — we got some IT peeps here at Team J HQ!).

Version 0.1 has:

  • Universal account creation for actors and producers (because hey, some actors produce and vice versa).
  • Basic Actor Profile (by basic, we mean six pages of details)
  • Basic Casting Director Profile (limited to a beta group of producer at the moment, send us a note to be notified when it opens up!)
  • Insanely granular actor search, including by Date Last Updated and Profile completeness
  • Folder management system
  • Export functions (to create call lists, schedules, etc.)
  • A sense of lightness knowing you don’t have to invest in more filing cabinets for hard copy resumes.

Okay, we can’t be sure of the last one — and we know you’ll want some hard copies of some people’s resumes at some times. But when it comes to paperwork, digital is so the way to go.

Oh, and just to prove that we’re trying to make it easier for casting professionals to collect and manage their submissions, we’re very happy to be supporting Kimberly Skyrme Casting and their casting for this web series that’s been in the news recently.

As before, see you at the Henge!

P.S. No, this isn’t an April Fools’ hoax: You’re thinking of Google’s usual shenanigans.

Team J Website 3.0 Launched!

We are proud to debut the new, shiny, Web 2.0-friendly version of the Team J website.

This new format makes it much easier for us to update content, add sections, and integrate with our other sites (like Jabberwocky Audio Theater) as well as that them thar social media a few of you appear to use.

For those of you truly interested, this would be version 3.0 of the Team J web site. Version 1.0 premiered in 2005 with the founding of Team Jabberwocky and the conviction that we didn’t want to organize Stonehenge solely by email (as had, incredibly, been the case for Stonehenge I).

Version 2.0 debuted in March 2006 and was designed by Kakupacal. The fun, playful site perfectly captured Team J’s ethos and lasted until May this year, when we used the occasion of discontinuing Stonehenge to take down the main site until now.

We should note that the movement to the new WordPress format does mean that many of the links previously listed in this news blog’s entries will be inaccurate. Some pages have been permanently retired. However, we do hope you all find the new site easy to navigate. Let us know what you think!

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