Too lazy to specify playing ages

  • Albert Clack

    Actor

    Am I the only one getting fed up with the apparently increasing tendency of people posting casting calls under 'opportunities' to leave the playing age boxes blank?

    It means you have to go into each post to find out whether it might suit your age, and obviously the answer is usually that it doesn't.

    It must be counter-productive for the advertisers, because I for one have more or less given up bothering to look at posts with blank ages - and nothing I ever do is unique!

    • 5th Jul 2012
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  • Sue Parker-Nutley

    Actor

    I completely agree with you. They should not be able to press "enter" or whatever they have to do, without specifying ages. It's up to CCP to ensure this doesn't happen.

    Oh, and by the way, we are ALL unique! x

    Sue

    • 4th Jul 2012
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  • Demetri Turin

    Actor

    I too agree with you but I have a casting age between 37-48 and I find it frustrating that on CCP I can only apply for jobs under the age of 40, while on Spotlight and other sights I can apply under my fall age range.

    Keep well.

    • 4th Jul 2012
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  • Catherine Stobbs

    Actor

    Character: John

    Gender: Both

    I have a good feeling I probably won't be the correct gender to play John!!!

    These should be mandatory fields before the casting is published.

    • 4th Jul 2012
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  • Tony Burden

    Actor

    I agree Catherine, the Gender section makes me chuckle

    • 4th Jul 2012
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  • Victoria Riley

    Actor

    Yes, I agree. Very frustrating. I particularly agree with you, Demetri. Having to specify an EXACT playing age on CCP is extremely limiting and counter-productive. We should always be able to give our playing age as a range. I specify mine as 32 on here, but really it's 30-35. I'm often excluded from things which I would be perfectly suitable for!

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  • Heather Rome

    Actor

    In response to Demetri regarding limited playing age range on CCP. I have a similar problem as my range is early 40s to early 50s and posts either tend to specify up to 45/47 or 50 and over.

    If you want to play an age slightly higher or lower than what you have input on CCP, change the age to what is asked for, wait 24 hours for the change to be accepted and then apply. If you are pressed for time prepare your application letter in advance and save somewhere else on your computer on a Word doc, etc. Only rarely is there a post where one day will mean the post is so over-sobscribed that it disappears in 24 hours. And don't forget to change your age back if that is the "magic number" that seems to allow you to apply for most jobs.

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  • User Deleted

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    It is frustrating.

    I am 37 but I state my playing age as 35 (which I think I can still pull off). This allows me to apply for jobs that state a lower or upper limit of 35 and that tends to give me the greater number of jobs to view/consider.

    :)

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  • Demetri Turin

    Actor

    We need a rebellion in the ranks to make CCP see that their casting age system is unfair. After all, as I said, if Spotlight and other are being fair, then CCP is making money out of us, slightly unfairly. There was a lot of fairs there?

    • 5th Jul 2012
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  • Sue Parker-Nutley

    Actor

    I thought CCP were supposed to vet these comments before they were put on the forum. If that is the case, why don't they comment here, on this forum, about the age range anomaly?

    I lay down the gauntlet.

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  • Toni Brooks

    Actor

    I've asked them because they didn't allow something I posted yet they're allowing this. They're just up the road from me so maybe I'll pop in some time.

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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    Yes the playing age thing is frustrating. Because it means you can miss out on an urgent casting you will still be suitable for because it is 1 year above your specified 'playing age'. Casting Directors don't always give you 24hrs to apply.

    We pay for this service - so the system should allow us to apply for ALL suitable roles.

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  • Tony Burden

    Actor

    Excuse my ignorance, but am I to understand that Spotlight allows you to apply for roles outside your range.

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  • Sue Parker-Nutley

    Actor

    No, Tony, not outside your range. You can just specify wider age ranges on Spotlight, not just your playing age, as on CCP.

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  • Tony Burden

    Actor

    So you could still miss out on a role by one year.

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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    No rebellian. CCP is great, but this age thing is an issue. Sometimes I've changed my age from 35 to 36 to apply for something. Then next day there may be an urgent casting for playing age 35 so I miss out.

    You must be able to empathise with what we are saying?

    Surely you could make reverting back to your normal playing age instant?

    • 5th Jul 2012
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  • Demetri Turin

    Actor

    And so it begins. We olde gits fight back...hee hee

    • 5th Jul 2012
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  • Sue Parker-Nutley

    Actor

    Tony - When you are able to access Spotlight, you will see what I mean about the age ranges that you can select. Yes, of course, you could miss by one year, but you can select a range of 30 years if you so desire on Spotlight.

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  • Tony Burden

    Actor

    I have a spotlight profile ready, so I do understand thank you Sue

    • 5th Jul 2012
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  • Mark Lisseman

    Actor

    I have to agree. In an attempt to be 'clever' I have set my age at 40. My thinking is that /usually/ employers would think in units of 5 - so I cover 30-40 (or 35-40) and also 40-50 (or 40-45). But yes, it is very frustrating to see a 41-year old wanted…

    Oh - and recently I saw a posting for a 'Male Actress'! Also I didn't know what to make of this (for a husband and wife):

    male and female of A, B demographics.

    white, mixed race male .

    white, mixed race male or black female.

    I applied anyway (strangely, the email alert only came through this morning - I saw the ad yesterday)

    • 5th Jul 2012
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