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    Star Search Casting Getting Started Guide

    3 Easy Steps to Launching a Successful Career in the Entertainment or Modeling Industries

    Star Search Casting is rapidly changing the way the industry has traditionally done business. We are the first and most comprehensive site of its kind allowing Agents and Casting Directors, as well as the new talent theyre always looking for, to come together 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at the push of a button. And since our service is free to Casting Directors and Agents, they save money and time, but more importantly, are able to access and preview fresh new talent instantly.

    Getting Started One Simple Step at a Time

    Step #1: Select the Membership Level that Best Reflects Your Commitment & Goals:

    Star Search Casting memberships are amazingly affordable. In addition we provide several levels of participation and various payment options and terms to make it as easy as possible for you. Take the time to review and select the Membership Level that best reflects your commitment to succeeding in the industry and which provides you with the kind of exposure needed to reach your goals.

    Step #2: Complete Your Profile Page and Upload Your Photographs:

    a. We cant stress enough, the importance of photographs. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Your photographs are the first and often only impression many Casting Directors and Talent Scouts will get of you and its imperative that they get a good impression from your photos. Professional photos are not a necessity however we recommend you view our view our sample profiles to get an indication of the quality and type of photographs being used by other Star Search Casting members as well as how others have completed the written portion of their profiles. Depending on your membership level, you can have from 1 to as many as 60 photos on your Personalized Profile Page. We recommend you use both headshots and full body shots, with a variety of different looks.

  • For those with professional photos; Click Here to upload photos plus additional tips!
  • For those using personal photos or to create your own; Click Here for tips and to upload photos!
  • For those desiring to obtain professional photos; Click Here for tips, and Star Search Casting discounts with recommended photographers in your area.

    b. Once you have pictures on your computer or on a disk/CD, simply log onto your account and select the link to Upload Pictures. You will be able to easily browse to the location where your photos are and select them one at a time. Our state of the art software will easily guide you through the process.

    c. Complete the written portion of your Personal Profile.

    d. Commit to a timeline for completion of your Profile and Creating/Uploading your photographs. This is the only step that requires a little effort on your part but it will definitely be worth it.

    Updating your Profile

    From your main account page, you can access all the parts that make up your profile. Notice the link next to the text reading, "View your profile here" (it should look similar to this http://YourName.StarSearchCasting.com). This is the web address of your profile. You can email this link to Casting Directors or anyone who you want to view your profile. If you wish to change this, you have the option under Edit Personal Information.

    1. Now click on Edit Personal Information. Fill out this page as much as possible. The more details you add to your profile the better your chance of being seen by casting directors. All boxes outlined in red are required fields.

    *** Very Important *** When filling out the Biography and Personal Interest sections, a common problem that comes up is when you hit the update button, your information may not be saved because the system has logged you out. If you write your bio online and spend a lot of time, you may be logged out due to inactivity. To avoid this problem, always write the original copy in a word processing program like MS Word. This way you can save it for future use and it is also spell checked automatically. Then when you are done just copy and paste it into the appropriate box. Click the Update button at the bottom of the page once you're finished.

    2. Now click on Specialized Talent/Specialized Modeling categories you can fulfill. Select any of the categories and set the appropriate skill level you can fulfill. Once you are finished click Update and back to personal details.

    3. Follow the same process to enter the rest of your information by selecting Edit your physical attributes, Choose your skills, and Fill in your agent information links. Remember to click the Update button on each page after you have entered your information or it will not be saved. You can always go back and update the pages later by clicking the appropriate link.

    Uploading your Pictures

    If you already have pictures on your computer:

    If you already have your pictures on your computer or CD, uploading them into your profile is rather easy. However, it's very important to have the dimensions of your pictures correct so they appear properly. The ideal picture size is 4 x 5 inches or 288 x 360 pixels. Each picture needs to be less than 100kb as well. Optimally, you should use photo-editing software like FotoCanvas to crop, retouch, and resize pictures.

    1. To upload your pictures select the Pictures link at the top of the page or Upload Pictures from the main account screen.

    2. To upload pictures click on the Browse button. Find the picture you want to upload on your hard drive, CD, or floppy disk and select it.

    3. Click the Update button to upload the picture. The picture will be displayed once it is uploaded.

    4. Repeat this process to upload all of your pictures.

    5. Once you have uploaded all your pictures select your favorite and click Make Primary.

    6. Also make sure at least one of your pictures Shows up in talent search. You may click the Doesn't show up in talent search link to switch the picture to Shows up in talent search for as many of your pictures as you like. For the pictures that you select Shows up in talent search one will randomly be shown as a thumbnail every time a talent search is performed that includes your profile. So it is best to select only your best pictures to Show up in talent search. You can delete pictures and upload new pictures at anytime.

    When you are done adding photos, go to your profile page by clicking Profile near the top of the page. Your profile will be loaded in a separate browser window. Make sure everything looks how you want it. Remember you can always add/remove/replace photos - so if something isn't just right, don't panic. Simply go into your account and remove the picture that you don't want up there. You can then add that or another picture back when you are ready.

    If your pictures look warped or squashed after you upload them it is because the dimensions are off. You can use any picture or photo editor like Adobe Photoshop to resize and adjust your pictures. If you do not have a photo-editing program you can download a free working trial of FotoCanvas.

    Alternatively, you can use Microsoft Paint, which comes free with all versions of Microsoft Windows. To open Microsoft Paint click 'Start' in the lower left of your screen. Then go to 'All Programs' and then to 'Accessories'. You will see 'Paint' listed under Accessories. Load Paint and open your picture with it. Then click 'Image' at the top of Paint and go to 'Attributes'. Here you can resize your picture. Try to get the width around 288 pixels and the height about 360 pixels. Then click 'File' at the top and go to 'Save As'. Select a file name and then use the 'Save as type' pull down below the name to select 'JPEG'. Now that you have resized your picture and saved it as the correct file type (jpg, jpeg) you can upload it into your Star Search Casting profile.

    If you are having trouble, you can also email your pictures to us at Photos@StarSearchCasting.com and we will take care of them. Please provide us with your username, password and make sure your file attachments are less than 2mb. You can send more than one email if you need to break them up.

    If you don't have pictures on your computer:

    If you have a scanner, or know someone who does, you can just scan your photographs and save them as .gif or JPEG files (.jpg). Photos should be about 72 dpi (onscreen resolution) and should be about 288 pixels wide by 360 pixels high. Each picture needs to be less than 100kb as well.

    If you don't have a scanner, or you're not sure if you can scan them to the correct size requirements, the easiest and fastest way to get your pictures uploaded into your profile page is to go to a local Kinko's or Office Depot and ask them to scan your pictures and save them on a disk or directly upload them into your profile right there. This will only take you a few minutes and won't cost much at all. Many places that develop photos can also put your pictures on a disk or CD rather inexpensively. You can then upload them to your profile yourself.

    If scanning and uploading photos on your own or at a Kinko's is not an option for you, you can send your photos to us and we will scan them and upload them into your profile for a nominal fee of $9.95 for up to 4 photos and $14.95 for up to 10 photos (this price simply covers our costs). Please note that if you choose this option, do not send negatives or laser copies - only original photograph prints which should be at minimum 4" x 6". If you choose to send us your pictures, include your full name, username, password, check for $9.95 (for 4 photos) or $14.95 (for up to 20 photos) and mail to the address on our Contact Us page.

    Resume

    1. Click Resume near the top of the page or Edit Resume from the main account page.

    2. Fill-in your information for a category and click Add.

    3. Repeat this process to fill-in your experience in any category.

    4. If you wish to change an entry, make the change and click Save.

    5. Once you are done click Update on the bottom of the page.

    Now your Resume will be complete. To view it, click one of the view buttons near the top center of the page. You can view your Resume as a web page or as a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view a PDF file. If you don't have it you can get it here http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. If you want to print your Resume, it is best to print the PDF version. If you already have, a Resume created that you would like to use, see the Uploading Files section of this guide. Your Resume can be viewed from your profile page by clicking Resume under the larger picture.

    Uploading Audio Clips

    Optionally, you can upload audio clips into your profile. Audio clips can be up to 4MB per file and cost an additional $1.95 a month each. You can add more than one if you wish.

    1. Click Audio near the top of the page or Upload Audio Clips from the main account page.

    2. Enter a name for the file and then click the Browse button to find the file on your computer.

    3. Once you've found the file click Upload to upload it.

    4. To allow other people to download it put a checkmark in the box under Show and click Update.

    This file will be available for download by clicking the "Audio" link under the larger picture on your profile page.

    Uploading Video Clips

    You can add more individuality to your profile by uploading a video clip. Video clips can be up to 6MB and cost an additional $2.95 a month each. You can add more than one if you wish.

    1. Click Video near the top of the page or Upload Video Clips from the main account page.

    2. Enter a name for the file and then click the Browse button to find the file on your computer.

    3. Once you've found the file click Upload to upload it.

    4. To allow other people to download it put a checkmark in the box under Show and click Update.

    This file will be available for download by clicking the Video link under the larger picture on your profile page.

    Uploading Files

    You can upload other small files (3 total, less than 300KB) that you wish to share on your profile. This is perfect if you already have a Resume created that you like, or a script, or anything else.

    1. To upload files click Upload Files near the top of the Resume page or from the main account page.

    2. Enter a name for the file and then click the Browse button to find the file on your computer.

    3. Once you've found the file click Upload to upload it.

    4. To allow other people to download it put a checkmark in the box under Show and click Update.

    This file will be available for download by clicking the Files link under the larger picture on your profile page.

    Viewing your Profile

    Click on the Profile link near the top of the page or View my Profile from the main account page and your profile will be opened in a separate browser window. The web address to your profile page is displayed on the main account screen. It should look similar to this http://YourName.StarSearchCasting.com.

    Changing your Username or Password

    It's a good idea to change your username and password to prevent unauthorized access to your account.

    1. To do this, click on Password near the top of the page or Edit Username and Password from your main account screen.

    2. To change your Username enter a new username in the box and click Update your username.

    3. To change your Password enter new password in both boxes and click Update your password.

    Headshots, Cover Letters and Resumes

    For detailed headshot info, check out our Resume and Headshot guide at http://www.StarSearchCasting.com/html/headshot_guide.php.

    Congratulations

    Your profile should now be completed and will be available for Casting Directors and Agents to view. If you would like to make changes just follow the previous steps at anytime to alter your profile.

    Casting Notices

    The Casting Notices area of our website should be your next stop after you've completed your profile. The most successful people in the entertainment industry are proactive. The casting notices section of the site really allows you to find that audition or part and go after it. It's best to be logged into your account when you view the Casting Notices area so all of the information is available to you.

    Either scroll down and view all casting notices, or select from the list of casting notices the type of productions you wish to view.

    To view the audition detail page for each production click the production title.

    Each Audition detail page contains the production title, deadlines, descriptions, and contact information. Audition contacts are provided here, often with links to web pages and email addresses.

    You can also email this notice to someone by using the email tool at the bottom of the page.

    To navigate through the production titles, click one of the following:

    1. The page number you would like to view;

    2. The single arrow to view each page consecutively;

    3. The double arrow to jump to the last page.

    Search Options

    You can search the casting notices by clicking the New Search button at the bottom of the main Casting Notices page. If you can't see the New Search button, you may not be logged into your account or you haven't filled out your address information in your profile. You can search the casting notices by category, state, radius from where you live, keyword or a combination thereof. Sometimes searching within a radius of where you live may not yield many results. Often it is the case that exact address information is not provided in the casting notice. Try searching just by your state to receive many more results.

    Sort Options

    You can sort casting notices by production title, submission deadline date or by the number of times, a notice has been viewed, by clicking the headings of each column.

    If you know the names of the productions you want to view, you can sort casting notices by production title. Click Production Title to sort in alphabetical order beginning with "A." To reverse the order, click the heading again.

    Click Submit by to sort casting notices by date, beginning with the furthest date from today. Click the heading again to sort by date beginning with today or the date closest to today.

    Click Views to sort casting notices by how many others have looked at the notice. Click the heading once for fewest views first. Click the heading again for most views first.

    Your Basket

    With the Basket feature you can select any notices with an email address that you would like to audition for and email them your profile all at once.

    1. To add a notice to your basket, click add.

    2. To view the contents of your basket, click Basket.

    3. Click Send Profile Link to send an email with your profile link to every Casting Notice in your Basket.

    Posting Casting Notices

    The Post Casting Notice button is for Casting Directors wishing to post legitimate casting notices. All Casting Notices will be moderated before they appear on the site. Talent posting requests for jobs or anything other than casting notices will be deleted and never posted.

    Casting Notice Subscriptions

    1. Click Casting Notices Subscriptions from the main Casting Notices page.

    2. Select the Category or Categories of Casting notices you want to receive (Use the CTRL and SHIFT keys to select more than one).

    3. Select the frequency that you want to be notified of new Casting Notices

    4. Select how you would like to be notified. SMS is used to send notices to your cell phone. All accounts are initially given 5 SMS credits. Additional credits can be purchased by clicking thelink that says Click here to get more. from your main account page. A 10 pack of SMS credits costs $2.95.

    5. Choose the Radius from your home address for which you would like to receive notices.

    6. Choose the States for which you would like to receive notices. (Use the CTRL and SHIFT keys to select more than one).

    7. Click the Subscribe button to begin your subscription.

    We do our best to find as many quality opportunities for our members as possible. New casting notices are posted constantly so check back often. If you have questions or wish to reply to a casting notice, make sure to use the contact information within that particular casting notice.

    Additional Areas of Interest

    Forums

    The Forums are a great place to interact with other members and people in the entertainment industry. To reach the Forums click Forums near the top of the Homepage. If you have, questions about using the forums click the Help link near the top of the Forums page.

    Referrals

    We have gone to great lengths to compile contact information for vital areas of the entertainment industry. From our homepage, click the Referrals drop down menu in the upper right hand corner to access lists of Agents, Casting Directors, Photographers, Industry Books, Headshot Printers, Acting Schools, Production Companies and Unions.

    Q&A

    Check out the Actors and Talent Questions and Answers if you're looking for additional information not found within this guide.



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