Associate Casting Editor / Casting Specialist / Copy Editor
Backstage, the world’s most trusted casting resource, is hiring an Associate Casting Editor for its Brooklyn office.
The Associate Casting Editor will manage casting content (job listings) on the site: Editing the text into Backstage's house style; appropriately categorizing and tagging the content; verifying the details; and eliminating scams.
The Associate Casting Editor will also work with Backstage's clients (directors, producers, casting directors, student filmmakers, etc.) to help them have a great experience using the site.
Individuals with professional casting experience and/or industry connections or training are encouraged to apply, including those with a background working as casting associates or production assistants, as well as former film students, etc.
Experience with proofreading and copy editing is also preferred.
Backstage connects content-creators with the talent needed to take their projects to the next level: Founded in 1960, Backstage is a popular performing-arts news magazine with an advanced suite of online casting tools that have helped thousands of theater-makers & filmmakers find talent for their productions.
- Candidates must possess strong grammar skills, a great attention to detail, an understanding of the entertainment industry (especially in regards to the production and casting processes), and the ability to work with a large volume of material on tight deadlines.
- Backstage's casting editors edit the casting notices (aka "breakdowns") submitted to Backstage by productions to ensure consistency of format and style, improving the readability of the listings for Backstage's readers while helping to craft and tag the casting calls in a way that increases the discoverability of the listings and the quality and quantity of submissions that the projects will receive.
- Backstage's casting editors also communicate with the productions, answering their questions and proactively advising them to help them get the most out of their time casting with Backstage's online tools. Our editors also monitor for potential problems and investigate and eliminate scams.
- Additionally, our editors conduct research and outreach to schools and the entertainment industry, to improve Backstage's products, attract new content, and increase awareness of Backstage in the community.
- Our editors must be effective communicators and great team players with strong interpersonal and time-management skills that can be relied on as self-starters that excel both independently and within the context of a team that spans multiple states across the U.S.
- Edit, update, and approve casting notices (aka casting calls, breakdowns, job listings, audition announcements, etc.) to ensure compliance with Backstage's style guide, improving clarity and readability while ensuring clients receive a strong and appropriate response to their call for talent. This core daily responsibility includes quickly and efficiently working with hundreds of casting notices.
- Identify and eliminate scams.
- Monitor for quality projects that are casting on Backstage.com and make sure that they have a positive experience using Backstage and receive quality submissions.
- Identify and reach out to additional companies and individuals (including indie filmmakers, digital-video producers, film schools, etc.) to encourage them to try Backstage’s casting services.
- Help promote the projects’ casting calls to attract more submissions, and curate talent lists from Backstage’s database to make suggestions to the clients regarding actors that will be a good fit for their roles.
- Follow up with clients to see if they have any feedback or additional casting needs. (Encourage repeat business.)
- Teach producers, directors, casting directors, and film students how to use Backstage’s online casting tools effectively.
- Account support via phone, email, chat, webinars, and in-person meetings in the NYC area.
- Demo Backstage’s online tools to filmmakers and actors at production companies, film schools, theater schools, festivals, and events in NYC.
- Increase the overall number of projects (especially indie films and web series) casting with Backstage in California via research, outreach, networking, lead-gathering, and proactive client support.
- Must possess strong copy editing and grammar skills.
- Must be able to work quickly and efficiently, with a very keen eye for details.
- Should be tech savvy, and good with word processing, data entry, web technology, and, preferably, CRM systems and the casting process.
- Must be an effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills.
- Must be a self-starter with good time-management skills
- Should have strong promotional skills and be adept at building new client relationships.
- Should have an understanding of the needs of indie filmmakers, video-makers, and film students.
- Existing relationships within the entertainment industry (including contacts at film schools and with the indie film and web-series communities) preferred.
- Previous casting, agency, or film/TV/commercial production experience (or casting website experience) a plus, but not required.
- Previous copy editing, proofreading, and data entry experience a plus.
To apply, send your resume, cover letter, and salary range.