Editing a Young Performer's Spotlight Profile
What you need to know to make the most of a young performer's profile and get cast.
Spotlight is a casting platform that all leading, professional casting directors use to cast their productions, be it a TV drama, a feature film or West End show. They send their casting breakdowns (i.e. job post requirements) out to agents, who will then suggest their suitable clients for the role/s. They can also search our database to find performers by the details provided on their profiles. Therefore, making sure your profile is up to date and has all your details is very important.
Agents all work differently, so it is best to have a chat with yours first to see if they prefer to edit your CV or are happy for you both to work on it. Agents have vast experience in knowing what details casting directors are interested in seeing, so it is always best to seek their advice in the first instance - before editing your/your child’s CV.
What information do I need to keep up to date on my profile?
Everything! All the details that are listed on your Spotlight profile are important as casting directors can search via skills, appearance, credits, accents etc. Children are constantly changing; therefore, it is best to make sure that the height, weight, hair length/colour and playing-age range are always up to date.
How confident do I/does my child need to be in a skill to list it on their profile?
If you are going to an audition or to the set of a film, you need to be able to confidently and competently produce the skills listed on your profile as you may be asked to perform it. For example, if you list that you can play the piano, you need to be at a level where you can confidently play with or without sheet music. If you have only taken one or two lessons, we would not advise listing this as a skill.
How do I know what photo to upload to my/my child’s profile?
Photos should always be checked by an agent first before uploading to Spotlight. The most important thing about headshots and gallery photos are that they look exactly like the child, so it's crucial that they have a photo on their Spotlight profile that looks the way they do currently, so the casting director immediately recognises them when they are attending a casting.
How many photos can we upload to Spotlight?
Our advice is to keep it to 3 or 4 maximum – they should be professional and natural. If a child wears glasses all the time then they should definitely display a photo of them wearing glasses on their profile.
Should I upload a black and white version of my photos or use colour instead?
Black and white photos used to be popular, however, times are changing. Casting directors do like to see colour photos so that they can get an accurate picture of what you/your child looks like. You can upload black and white photos if you wish, but colour is better.
What are ‘credits’ and what information should we provide?
Credits are the professional jobs that you/your child have completed. If a project is currently being filmed or in post-production, do not list this as a credit. Instead put it in the ‘currently appearing’ section.
As our young performers don’t always have professional credits to list when they are first starting out in the industry, it may be best to leave this blank or speak to your agent. See if they would be happy with you listing amateur dramatic work instead.
What is a ‘showreel’ and should I upload one?
A showreel is an edited video that shows clips of any work you/your child has appeared in, either on TV or screen. There is space to upload up to 5 minutes of video for your showreel, however, 2 minutes is plenty.
Showreels have become very popular, allowing a casting director see what a child looks like on camera before they see them for an audition. They aren't a necessity though, so please do not go and spend hundreds of pounds on one! We would suggest editing together a showreel only if you have done professional filmed work. Please do not upload any home video footage. A casting director can always ask for a self-tape to be sent to them, if they require a video.
How do I edit my CV once I log on to Spotlight?
Once you have agreed with your agent that you will make amendments to your/your child's profile, simply log on to your account. Then navigate to the tab named ‘Update my CV’. From here you can then edit any of the details on the CV (except media, which is on a different tab).
Once you have finished editing, please ensure that you click ‘Publish Changes’ and then ‘Yes, I’m Finished’. Otherwise, it will not complete the changes you have made and they won’t get published.
Need some more advice?
If you have any queries about your CV or about editing it, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful customer service team who will be happy to guide you through this over the phone (020 7437 7631) or by email ([email protected]).