2014 Backstage InternBookmark This
New York, NY
For more than 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors to find career advice and casting information.
Started in December 1960 by Ira Eaker and Allen Zwerdling, Backstage quickly became required reading for every young actor who came to New York to cut their teeth. The newspaper's original blue-and-red logo became as synonymous with NYC actors as a class at The Actors Studio.
A Los Angeles edition, Backstage West, was launched in 1994, and Backstage.com came to life in 1997. In late 2008, the two regional newspapers were synthesized into a single national edition, now known simply as Backstage, which is sold across the United States and Canada.
Today, the Backstage brand signifies something greater than simply casting notices: Backstage is a place where actors, singers and dancers can connect with the greater performing arts community.
More importantly, Backstage is where performers can get all the information they need to succeed in the entertainment business. Actors browse through our weekly newspaper, checking updated production listings or reading our periodic spotlights on photography, college programs, acting schools and coaches. Or they check our many interactive online features, from news, reviews, and advice columns to a vibrant message board, weblogs, video, and much more.
And, of course, actors browse through our casting notices.
Backstage takes pride in having the most up-to-date technology, whether you are creating a multimedia resume or viewing casting notices. Upload your resume, post photos, upload a reel — all can be done with the touch of a button.
But none of that technology means anything without the job listings. And we have the best notices in the business.
Backstage publishes between 800 to 1,000 top audition notices each week for every type of performance: film, stage, TV, commercials, multimedia, dance, voiceovers, singing, and more. Included are opportunities for both adults and children. Plus, we offer ads seeking people in related fields, such as stage/film crews, models, musicians, and writers.
Besides performance hubs New York City and Los Angeles, we publish notices for dozens of other cities across the United States and Canada, including Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Vancouver and many more. Simply search by state or province and job type to see what's available in your area.
Note: You do NOT need to be a subscriber to search our listings. To view complete notices, however, requires a Backstage online subscription.
Actors are, unfortunately, highly vulnerable to all kinds of sleazy operators and scam artists. Backstage takes particular pride in trying to prevent that.
We offer every actor our unique Backstage Casting Pledge: We check out all casting notices before we publish them.
We never simply publish a casting notice as submitted. We ask questions, check
-Methodically troubleshooting, testing, and reporting technical issues with the Backstage product
-Relaying screenshots and technical support details, providing in-depth written and verbal explanation of dysfunctional paths, bugs and other errors
-Discovering and implementing work-around operations
-Communicating protocol to Customer Service Representatives
-Liaising between customers experiencing late delivery of the Backstage product and Backstage’s Circulation Management division
-Fielding calls and emails from subscribers and casting directors
-Assisting users with utilizing the options and workflow tools on BackStage.com (e.g: helping talent resize and upload their photos/videos
-See an extensive list of duties entailed here by seeing the table of contents at the Backstage FAQ)
-Walking casting directors and actors through the sign up process
-Orienting new users to the website
-Answering users’ and prospective users’ questions
-Up-selling users on useful enhancement options
-Following up with ex-subscribers to encourage renewals
-Following up with current subscribers to enhance the user experience
-Following up on lead lists to find new subscribers
-Proactively reaching out to and engaging with the community via phone calls & emails
-Tastefully and strategically promoting Backstage, Actorfest and special events (e.g. TRU audition, Fresh Faces, etc.) via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Highlight by creating mentions of Backstage, composing content that raises the visibility of Backstage, building lists of actors, monitoring relevant keywords, reporting copyright infringement, and consolidating the brand by growing followings, fans and friends
-Providing content Backstage sponsored content (on Quora, Yahoo Answers, and third-party message boards used by actors, etc.)
-Community engagement, customer satisfaction, and subscriber retention rates;
Additional responsibilities may include:
-Resolving escalated customer service issues (e.g. coordinating refund efforts for upset customers who have been charged despite having no existent record in our databases) assisting with compiling market data and coordinating events
-Research and outreach projects
-Assisting Backstage's Casting Department (which includes correcting notices, enhancing Casting Department performance by fielding calls for the department and relaying essential information to Casting Editors by isolating pertinent information from incoming e-mails, calls and look-ups in the proprietary database)
RequirementsEducation Level: College Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors.
Computer Skills: Basic Word, Excel, and Outlook skills; understanding of various social networks and automated posting platforms.