Find out the latest updates and changes we’re working on to make your Spotlight experience even better

As part of our dedication to supporting you as you use Spotlight, we continually work to improve Spotlight.com and how you can use it. If you’d like to keep updated with the changes we’re making then check this page regularly as it’s where we post the latest updates.

Here are the latest updates we’ve made to Spotlight:

Ethnicity or Heritage Filter Now Available

Date: 22 March 2024

Our latest Performer Search filter, Ethnicity or Heritage, is now live, making it easier for casting professionals to find performers that match specific cultural requirements for their projects.

As well as using the filter in Performer Search, they can also filter their submissions by this profile feature. If a performer has added this to their profile and chosen to hide this on their public profile, they will still appear in specific searches conducted by casting professionals.

As we get all of our members used to this new update, we recommend using both the new ‘Ethnicity or Heritage’ filter and the ‘Appearance’ field to ensure performers appear in relevant searches.

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Talent Scout Filters Added

Date: 11 December 2023

As we continue to improve our Talent Scout feature, agents and personal managers can now find talent who are looking for representation by using our new filters: gender, playing age and location.

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Rich-Text Added to Breakdowns

Date: 28 September 2023
We’ve now introduced a ‘Rich-Text’ to our Breakdowns. This gives casting directors the ability to: – Highlight key parts of the breakdown.
– Link out to reference videos easily.
– Set clear instructions.
– Stress the importance of must have characteristics.
– Clearly mark out usage fees per territory and other essential agreement info.

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Introducing Talent Scout

Updated: September 2023

Talent Scout allows self-represented performers to flag if they’re looking for representation. Agents will be able to search for these performers and contact them directly. The feature is aimed at making the process more efficient and streamlined for all. This feature is only available to self-represented talent.

How does it work?

  • Sign in to your Spotlight account
  • Click on the ‘Talent Scout’ option
  • You’ll now see a list of self-represented performers who have identified that they are seeking representation
  • Click on the ‘Contact form’ to get in touch with them directly.

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Geo-Targeted Breakdowns – Casting Locally

Date: 28 June 2023

We have introduced a new “Local Hire” flag to breakdowns so you can more easily see when a production is casting locally. If a Casting Director has selected this option then a production location will need to be specified. If the local hire flag is selected, then a client location filter will be auto-applied on your ‘suggest clients’ page to give you a snapshot of the clients who fit the brief. This filter can easily be removed by clicking the ‘x’ to reveal the rest of your clients. Casting directors will also be able to specify what type of audition they will be holding: Online, Self-Tape, or In-Person. This will give you a better idea of who can realistically make it to the in-person castings based on their location.

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SEPA is Live

Date: 7 June 2023

Performers in European countries can now make a payment directly from their banks in monthly instalments via SEPA. This means that new customers no longer have to pay an annual fee upfront and can instead choose a more flexible method of payment.

For more information please email agents@spotlight.com

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Rich Text added to ‘Messages to Shortlist’

Date: 16 May

Casting directors can now include line spacing, italics, underlining and hyperlinks to the messages they send from a shortlist of performers, making them easier to read.

Example:

We are continuing to improve this feature and welcome feedback – email us at agents@spotlight.com

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Filter Jobs by Age Range

Date: 25 April

You can now filter the breakdowns you see in your Jobs Feed by AGE RANGE and set a permanent Jobs Feed filter ensuring you see only the most relevant projects for your agency client list.

To adjust and set your filters:

  • go to your master filter settings
  • select ‘Playing Age’.

Please note that you will still receive roles outside of your desired playing age range if contained within the same breakdown.

Example: