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Canadian Casting + Outreach Specialist At Backstage

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Job Description

At Backstage, we're focused on providing the best career platform and marketplace to match performing artists (actors, models, dancers, musicians and more) with talent seekers.

Backstage, the world’s most trusted casting resource, is hiring for a Casting and Entertainment-Industry Outreach & Business Development Specialist in Canada.

The Casting Outreach Specialist will be responsible for introducing Backstage’s online casting tools to casting directors, agents, filmmakers, theater creators, film schools, production companies, ad agencies, brands, actors, performers, and digital-video producers and directors across Canada, with a special focus on Toronto and Vancouver.

Additionally, this position will be responsible for researching and gathering Canadian leads and insights; visiting local universities and prospective clients' offices to demo Backstage's services; and managing clients' accounts to ensure that they understand how to use Backstage.com effectively; as well as ensuring that their casting calls receive a strong response from quality applicants.

The ideal candidate will have existing connections in the entertainment industry, as well as knowledge about the casting needs and processes of film students and industry professionals.

For an example of the tools that the Outreach Specialist will be introducing to the CANADIAN film, TV, theater, advertising, performing arts, and business communities, visit https://www.backstage.com/member-benefits/creators/

Responsibilities

  • Identify and reach out to casting directors, indie filmmakers, production companies, digital-video producers, ad agencies, theater creators, and film students, etc., in Canada, to encourage them to try Backstage’s casting services.
  • Help promote CANADA-based projects’ casting calls to attract more CANADA-based talent-submissions; curate the casting calls to ensure a professional presentation of the materials; 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 CANADIAN clients to see if they have any feedback or additional casting needs. (Encourage repeat business.)
  • Teach indie producers, directors, film students, and casting directors how to use Backstage’s online casting tools effectively. Account support via phone, email, chat, webinars, and in-person meetings focused on the CANADIAN market.
  • Demo Backstage’s online tools to filmmakers and actors at production companies, film schools, theater schools, festivals, and events in CANADA.
  • Increase the overall number of projects casting with Backstage in CANADA.

Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be an effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-starter with good time-management skills.
  • Must have strong promotional skills and be adept at building new client relationships.
  • Business development and marketing experience a plus.
  • Experience pitching to prospective partners preferred.
  • Should have an understanding of the needs of indie filmmakers, video-makers, and other content creators.
  • Existing relationships within the film/TV, acting, and advertising communities preferred.
  • Previous film/video/commercial casting experience a plus.
  • A strong understanding of the CANADIAN market.

Added Bonus

  • A love of film and the performing arts!

Backstage, LLC, is the leading platform in creative talent placement. We are currently composed of two brands: Backstage.com, for actors; and Sonicbids.com, for musicians - with plans to launch additional verticals organically and through acquisition. Nowhere else will you find the same combination of startup energy and entertainment industry creativity atop the solid foundation of an established but small and fast-growing business with decades of success in our industry.

We are a close knit, agile team that is disrupting the creative talent placement industry through technical innovation, product design and a solid business model. At the heart of our success and growth resides a group of hardcore technologists, writers, marketers, and product designers who share a tight bond and believe that collaboration creates a better experience for our users.