ACTORS FAQ's

How much will it cost to join the community?


The platform will be absolutely FREE to upload a video of you performing and a headshot in order to show who you are. If you want to upload up to 10 videos, as many headshots as you like (although casting directors recommend a max of 5) and interact with industry professionals, you’ll need a premium account, which comes to £7.99 a month if you pay annually and £9.99 a month if you’d rather pay monthly.




Which Industry Professionals are using the platform?


Once the platform officially goes live to industry professionals; We have agents from; UNITED agents, Macfarlane Chard and Mclean-Williams ready to showcase their talent and find incredible new actors on Flairbox. The following Casting Directors are also signed up to test the platform; - Aisha Bywaters (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders) - Heather Basten (The Lighthouse, The End of The F*cking World) - Manuel Puro (Moon, Hellboy) - Sophie Pearson - assistant to Des Hamilton (JoJo Rabbit, The King) - Rob Kelly (Pandora, Bulletproof) - Amy Jackson - assistant to Amy Hubbard ((Four Weddings & A Funeral (TV), The Hobbit, Homeland, Isolation Stories)) - Matt Western (Golden Years, Boys Will Be Boys) - Jeremy Zimmermann (Hellboy I & II, Blade II) - Ray Böhm - Assistant to Andy Pryor (Years & Years, Stan & Olly) - Olissa Rogers (Profile, The Protector)




Do I need any qualifications or an agent to join the Flairbox Community?


No. We believe that every talented actor should have the opportunity to be seen, whether they have worked, been to drama school or even know people in the TV & Film industry. If you are good enough, on Flairbox, you will be seen by the very best industry professionals.




How do I know that Flairbox’s ‘Intelligent Casting’ ranking tool is fair?


Intelligent Casting will be based upon consistent interaction from industry professionals on your videos. This includes; Number of views, Length of views, Claps, Favourites and Shortlists. If industry professional’s are consistently enjoying your videos, other industry professionals will start to see you higher up in their searches when they’re casting their next big role. Plus, if they would prefer to view videos based on the most recently uploaded, they can easily turn off the ranking tool and switch to this sorting method instead.




Can I apply for castings?


Castings may be posted on the noticeboard, however, you will not be able to directly apply to these castings. This is to prevent Casting Directors from being inundated with responses. Instead, you can filter the noticeboard to find the castings that match your demographic. You can then upload videos of you performing that match the casting, and if your videos are well received, the casting director will be able to see you near the top of their search and they will message you in order to request a self tape. So no direct applications for castings, instead it's the other way round, let your talent do the talking, and be found and contacted by Industry Professionals for your work.




Will the community be safe for U18’s?


Absolutely, we will have a strict entrance policy and only those industry professionals that pass our tests will be able to watch, interact with and message u18’s. There will also be the option to report any videos that you think may be inappropriate for whatever reason.




What makes Flairbox any different to other Casting Platforms?


Firstly, Flairbox is not JUST a casting platform like the others, it is a video sharing community run by actors, for actors. We were sick of changing our CV, paying for showreel scenes and writing applications for acting jobs, so we created a digital stage where actors can do what they do best, perform. We don't believe that the opportunity to be seen by industry professionals should be based on anything other than your ability. Therefore we've developed our 'Intelligent Casting' tool in order to rank actors videos based on how well they are consistently received by the very best Industry Professionals. It doesn't matter where you're from, or what you've done before, if you are good, you will get the opportunity to be seen on Flairbox. See 'How do I know that Flairbox's Intelligent Casting ranking tool is fair?' for details on how the tool works.





CASTING DIRECTORS FAQ's

How much will the platform cost?


The platform is completely FREE for industry professionals.




How do you keep the quality of actors high?


Our Intelligent Casting tool (explained in our intelligent casting tool answer below) ensures that the best actors appear at the top of your search. Therefore, rather than disqualifying actors from the platform based on their credits or training, actors are simply ranked based upon how well their videos are received by our highly vetted list of industry professionals. This hugely increases accessibility, making sure that whatever an actor’s background, if they are of a high quality, they have a platform upon which to be seen by industry professionals.




How do you keep the quality of Industry Professionals high?


We have a very strict vetting process in order to control which industry professionals are allowed to use the platform. Our selection criteria is based on the professional’s concrete industry experience and/or membership of industry bodies and unions (e.g. The Casting Director’s guild).




Can I post castings?


Yes. However, unlike other platforms, actors or their agents cannot specifically submit for your casting unless you select them. You can post castings on the noticeboard and any actor that matches the breakdown for a character will be notified. This allows them to record a clip that fits the brief and if the actor’s work is consistently well received by your fellow professionals, our Intelligent Casting tool will ensure that the actor appears high up the rankings for your search. You can then look as far down the list of actors matching your search filters as you like, or simply turn off the ranking feature in order to manually see as many of the actors fitting the brief as you’d like.




How do I know the platform is secure?


We’re integrating a fully secure private area where your projects, shortlists, favourites and self tapes will all be protected and only accessible by you, or anybody you choose to give access to in order to collaborate on a project (Directors, Producers, Assistants etc). You can also send confidential scripts or material to agents and/or actors securely through our messaging feature.




How does the ‘Intelligent Casting’ tool work?


Intelligent Casting uses AI to rank actors videos based on their ability. The ranking system will be based upon consistent interaction from industry professionals on actor’s videos. This includes; Number of views, Length of views, Claps, Favourites and Shortlists. If industry professionals are consistently enjoying a specific actor’s videos, their videos will start to appear higher up in your search for that demographic.

Having spoken to a huge number of industry professionals and looking at current platforms, this has the potential to save you more than 60 hours per role cast, whilst giving you access to up and coming talent that may otherwise have been impossible to find.




How do I contact agents and actors?


Once the platform is finished. You won’t even need to leave the platform in order to manage your conversations with agents and actors. You can also securely send bulk messages through our messaging feature - meaning you’ll no longer need to send every actor’s agent the script, instructions and notes for self tapes one by one. All of your conversations will fall under the specific project automatically, so you won’t need to file all of your emails manually in order to keep them organised.




How will you keep the quality of castings high?


All castings will be paid equity minimum rates as a minimum. We will also have a manual vetting process for any castings being displayed on the noticeboard.





AGENTS FAQ'S

How much will the platform cost?


The platform is completely FREE for industry professionals.




How do you keep the quality of actors high?


Our Intelligent Casting tool (explained in our intelligent casting tool answer below) ensures that the best actors appear at the top of your search. Therefore, rather than disqualifying actors from the platform based on their credits or training, actors are simply ranked based upon how well their videos are received by our highly vetted list of industry professionals. This hugely increases accessibility, making sure that whatever an actor’s background, if they are of a high quality, they have a platform upon which to be seen by industry professionals.




How do you keep the quality of Industry Professionals high?


We have a very strict vetting process in order to control which industry professionals are allowed to use the platform. Our selection criteria is based on the professional’s concrete industry experience and/or membership of industry bodies and unions (e.g. The Casting Director’s guild).




Can I post castings?


Yes. However, unlike other platforms, actors or their agents cannot specifically submit for your casting unless you select them. You can post castings on the noticeboard and any actor that matches the breakdown for a character will be notified. This allows them to record a clip that fits the brief and if the actor’s work is consistently well received by your fellow professionals, our Intelligent Casting tool will ensure that the actor appears high up the rankings for your search. You can then look as far down the list of actors matching your search filters as you like, or simply turn off the ranking feature in order to manually see as many of the actors fitting the brief as you’d like.




How do I know the platform is secure?


We’re integrating a fully secure private area where your projects, shortlists, favourites and self tapes will all be protected and only accessible by you, or anybody you choose to give access to in order to collaborate on a project (Directors, Producers, Assistants etc). You can also send confidential scripts or material to agents and/or actors securely through our messaging feature.




How does the ‘Intelligent Casting’ tool work?


Intelligent Casting uses AI to rank actors videos based on their ability. The ranking system will be based upon consistent interaction from industry professionals on actor’s videos. This includes; Number of views, Length of views, Claps, Favourites and Shortlists. If industry professionals are consistently enjoying a specific actor’s videos, their videos will start to appear higher up in your search for that demographic.

Having spoken to a huge number of industry professionals and looking at current platforms, this has the potential to save you more than 60 hours per role cast, whilst giving you access to up and coming talent that may otherwise have been impossible to find.




How do I contact agents and actors?


Once the platform is finished. You won’t even need to leave the platform in order to manage your conversations with agents and actors. You can also securely send bulk messages through our messaging feature - meaning you’ll no longer need to send every actor’s agent the script, instructions and notes for self tapes one by one. All of your conversations will fall under the specific project automatically, so you won’t need to file all of your emails manually in order to keep them organised.




How will you keep the quality of castings high?


All castings will be paid equity minimum rates as a minimum. We will also have a manual vetting process for any castings being displayed on the noticeboard.