Welcome to Breakdown Services, the #1 choice for casting! This quick start guide will show you how to view submissions, schedule auditions, request self tapes, and more! For additional information, click here for our Knowledge Base. Now that you have your username and password, make sure to keep it handy in case you need to call us with questions at (310)-276-9166.

 

If you haven't yet received your login information or would like more detailed information about posting your first Breakdown and getting started, click here. 



Viewing Your Submissions


Once your Breakdown has been posted, you will be able to view and “Select” the Actors in order to move to the next step -- Scheduling auditions or requesting self tapes.. 

 

 1) From your Current Projects home page, click on the title of the project you want to view.



 2) Click on the character listed to see who has submitted. The number under "Unviewed" is the total number of new Actors you have not viewed yet.



3) Now go through and select the Actors you would like to audition. Mark your selections by assigning them a number from 1-6. Once you click on a number, the Actor is moved to the “Selected” folder, ready to be scheduled into an audition. 



For more detailed information on viewing and selecting your submissions click here.



Scheduling Actors for In-Person Auditions


1) Once you’ve selected your Actors, you can set up an in-person audition. Start by clicking Schedules in the menu bar, then select Create Audition. 



2) Set up the schedule by selecting the date, the start time and end time. The time zone will automatically be updated to the Actor's location. Then choose how you wish the Actors to be scheduled. The Room feature is used to allow auditions to overlap and is not visible to the Actors. When you have completed the form click Create Schedule on the bottom right.



3) As you can see, the Actors scheduled are in the Working Schedule on the left. The Actors on the right are in Available Talent. This means they can be scheduled if you'd like. Use the Move button to move the Actor into a different time slot if a time change is needed.  



4) Once you're happy with the schedule, click on the Create Notification button to draft a note to send to everyone. For more detailed information on scheduling your Actors for auditions click here



Please note: You are always able to go back and make changes to your schedule. For more detailed information on editing a schedule, click here



Requesting Self Tape Auditions


1) Another method to audition Actors is to request self-tapes through Eco Cast. To begin, locate Eco Cast in the header and select Start New.



2) Create a new Eco Cast and use the By Role option to bring the selected Actors from the Breakdown into the Eco Cast. Select Continue to Details Page to move to the next step. For more detailed information about creating an Eco Cast, click here.



3) Check off individual Actors in the Eco Cast, or Select all Actors. Then click Invite to Eco Cast to enter the self-taping instructions and attach the sides. For more detailed information about inviting your Actors to an Eco Cast, click here.



Please note: You will not be notified when an Actor has submitted a self-tape to Eco Cast. You have to regularly check the website to see this information. For more information on how to view Eco Cast audition tapes, click here.



Scheduling Actors for Eco Cast Live Auditions


1) Eco Cast Live takes live auditions to a virtual platform. Go to Schedules up at the top then look for the Eco Cast Live Audition option in the drop down menu. If you don't have this you can contact our support staff to turn it on for you.



2) Set up the schedule  just as you would a traditional in-person audition by selecting the date, the start time and end time, then how you wish the Actors to be scheduled.  When you have completed the form click Create Schedule on the bottom right. 



3) View your schedule then click Create Notification. Where you would traditionally enter the audition location, we have automatically filled it in with the button Actors will click to join the remote audition room. 



4) Click the Eco Cast Live Session button to start the audition where you can video chat with the Actors and be able to record the audition takes. For additional information on running an Eco Cast Live session, click here .




Creating and Sending Sides 


1) With our Create Sides feature, you can create and edit sides from your script to distribute to your Actors. Start by clicking this feature in the header.



2) Upload your script and the system will extract the roles and scenes from the script, so you can choose the specific scene or scenes and mark them up digitally. For more information on creating and distributing sides click here




Contacting Actors Through cMail


1) cMail is the internal messaging system in Breakdown Express. This is your way of communicating with the Actor prior to casting them for the role. From your submission page, click on any of the blue icons to view the Actor's profile. The send cMail option will be on the top right corner.




2) Title the subject then type in your message. Below you can select the option to allow recipients to reply. When you're ready to send click the Send Message button.



Please note: There is no exchange of personal contact with the Actor before they have been cast for the role. This is a violation of our terms of service and will result in the disabling of your account. For more detailed information on how to message your Actors, click here


3) When you receive a cMail message from the Actor you will also be able view and organize those messages however you choose. Replies to your message will arrive attached to the original in your My Messages folder.  For more detailed information on receiving messages, click here.



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