Help Topics

How does it work?
Is it necessary to signup?
Posting a job?
How is TalentAction used?
Is there a charge for using site?
Do you need to download videos in order to watch them?
What is not permitted on this site?
I have a site (with demo/reel), how can I use TalentAction?
My work (demo/reel) is on DVD – how do I get it on the site?
Can I post an ad?
How long does it take for a post or changes to appear on site?
How long/size can a video be?
Explain Full vs. Low pay scale?
How long does a post remain on site?
Can you have more than one TalentAction link/site page?
How to find your post on listing page?
How do I receive responses from my post?
How do I reply to a post?
Can I see/get details on a post that has been removed?
General tips? (Safety, Reel, Images as a movie, Transferring video from DVD, Press Release/Kit)
Troubleshooting? (Test Email, Performance, Uploading, Post, Photo, Link, Video, Audio, Password, Replies)
Can I upload any other type of content besides video?
Can I edit or delete my post?
Can I renew my active post/link?
Does TalentAction offer phone support?
I saw a post/had an experience that I need to say something about?
What to do about response abuse?
Security?
Protect your creative material?
What kind of camera do I use for filming?
What about lighting?
What about using a scene partner?
How will I know what to record?
Recording tips?
General instructions for uploading video?
Adding an image to your listing?
Accepted video formats?
Recording devices?
Video compression?
What is flag/blacklist?
What is considered spam?
What is a scam?
How to avoid a scam?
How to report fraud?
Forum section; how to post or reply?

How does it work?
TalentAction brings you the 21st century's save time, no-hassle way to be seen, and vet potential candidates.

We spend 1/3 of our lives working; and a considerable amount of that time is spent interviewing, hiring, promoting, etc.

Fulfill your industry needs within this highly concentrated entertainment community. Ranging from every facet, comprised of all types from entry level to award winning to execs.

POSTING: simply post it on the site (process is immediate), and then wait for your returns. You have the option for replies the traditional manner (via email) or you can request for that audition, pitch, interview… be in the form of a video submission.

You'll have the ability to see or be seen at any time from anywhere via online; then meet only when/if it is necessary.

SUBMISSIONS: video submissions are presented on an attractive and professional backdrop that includes your video, image and text. Unlike posting a profile page or even having your own website, you may only have one link. Therefore trying to manipulate your profile/demo for different submissions is very difficult, to say the least confusing.

You stack the deck against yourself with a one-size-fits-all presentation on a profile page or website. Each recipient can be very different in what they are looking for; therefore your submissions should reflect that.

With talentaction.com each submission you make will have its own site page and link, making each unique. You give out the link that is particular to the submission. All of your submissions will be chronologically listed in your own easy to manage database in order by: post title, category, date, time, view count, etc.

Additionally, your site page has a built in control mechanism for your material, in that submissions expire in 7 days. Until now, you could only hope that your piece/work had been properly handled, or worse, where it might end up.

This system acts as a safeguard for your piece/work, in that it is reserved for limited viewing and not viewable for longer than needed. Giving plenty of time for recipient to review. If you think recipient needs more time, simply go to My Account - Renew.

There is also a site page that offers long-term presence (6 months). Simply go to Home, click on one of the posting pages and there will be a link to the long-term (demo/reel) posting page.

VIEWING VIDEOS: there is no need to download. All videos are held in the "cloud" (online) so videos are accessed instantly from a direct stream viewable via Adobe Flash Player (viewers should have a recent version). It estimated that 95-98% of web users have a Flash player installed on their computer. Flash is currently the most compatible video format, requiring the least amount of file space and bandwidth.

All you need to get started is: a video recording device (for video submission), a computer and the Internet.

TalentAction provides an additional service for you. In that you/your company can also obtain business. New business is always healthy for a company. Posting an Ad or Video Ad on talentaction.com will provide you with optimum and targeted exposure. (see Can I post an ad?)

TalentAction is revolutionizing the way the industry works. Welcome aboard.      Top of page

Is it necessary to signup?
No need to signup. But in order to utilize all functions provided (posting etc.), you will need to create a user account.

Q: New to TalentAction.com?
A: In order to take full advantage of all services provided by TalentAction.com (manage your posts, promote you/your business, etc.), you first need a user account (email and password only - no personal info; see Create new account).

Q: What is a user account?
A: User account allows you to manage your posts from your own personal database. So that creating, receiving, editing, deleting or renewing your post is possible. You can manage your posts by title, category, date, time, view count, etc. (see My Account). Additionally, (coming soon) any replies you make to postings, you will have a similar database containing all contacts made in the last 90 days.

Q: Do I need a user account?
A: No. But your access to the site will be limited. If you intend on replying or posting, then it is necessary.

Q: How long does an account last for?
A: For as long as you use it. Or otherwise delete it.

Q: I think I might already have an account?
A: If you have posted or replied in the past, then you already have an account. Go to Login or Forgot password.

Q: When or how will I receive my password if I have forgotten it?
A: TalentAction does not maintain your password. A temporary password will be sent to you via email. Your original will be replaced with the temporary; at which time you can change to your own unique. As email is generally not considered entirely secure, you are encouraged to change your password immediately.

Q: What happens to my old account info if I change it?
A: It is replaced with your new details. You can change your account details as often as needed. If you want to re-direct your (post) replies to an email other than what's on your account; simply do a temporary change, then change back.

Q: What happens to my account info if I delete it?
A: It is permanently removed. If you have any current/active posts running, they will stay posted until they expire. Any unwanted posts should be removed before deleting account (go to My Account and delete).      Top of page

Posting a job?
It is FREE to post a job or gig. It must be PAID, legal and specific to payment; that must be mentioned (monetary compensation only). If TBN/DOE (negotiation of fair and practical compensation), then state whether pay will be full or low (see Explain Full vs. Low pay scale?). Always abide by wage and EEO laws. Job posters are responsible for compliance with applicable local, state, and federal employment laws, including discrimination laws.

Job posting is reserved for jobs/gigs only, and not for the use of: placing ads/solicits, announcements etc., or a platform for expressing discontent, concern, advice or an injustice by an existing or previous post or experience.

For anything other than monetary compensation, that is, IF YOU WISH TO SOLICIT: who you are, what you do, propose, have, need or provide... see Post Ad. The job section is not the place to find/put things, deal, collaborate, etc.

Posting is permitted 24/7 and immediately listed. No Duplicate/Same post within a (3) day period - only one category per unique posting. To re-post the same post, you must wait (3) days for when that post expires. You will receive an email just before post is set to expire; that is when you may repost that same job again. You can also find out when or what time you posted your original, by going to My Account where those details will be provided. Please remove post if position is filled before (3) day expiration. Otherwise you will continue to receive responses.

POINTERS:
One or two lines are not a complete description for a job post. You won't get adequate response with inadequate details. Requesting sensitive material without providing the necessary assurance to whom or where user's material will be going is unreasonable. Create that professional comfort level; provide sufficient details. Or please don't post.

Note: acknowledgement given to respondents for "submission received"... is always a welcomed professional courtesy. Example: "Thank you for your interest. Your submission has been received. If your qualifications and experience correspond with the needs of the position, you will be contacted".

POLICY PROHIBITS:
No Pay, Unfair/Unrealistic Pay, Deferred, Credit, Copy, Meals, Travel, Expenses, Experience, Exposure, Equipment/Kit or Finders Fees, Bonuses, Contingencies (If or When: financing; budget; sold/picked up, you find, etc.), Straight Commissions, Barter/Trade, On Spec, Stipend, Interns, Volunteers, Rent/Sell/Buy, Bids (send rates, best offer etc.), Partnerships, Percentage, Proposals, Back End, Profits, Options, Points, ROI, etc. is not acceptable.

Seeking Investor/Funds, New talent/Clients/Representation, Scripts, Help, Placement/Employ/Booking/Casting/Call Services, Open Calls (with intent to recruit, sell services, workshops, etc.), filling Rosters for Future/Per project/Upcoming work… NOT ACCEPTED.

Posting same post multiple times under a different title is prohibited. No unauthorized use of music, material, copyrighted or legally-protected works (including, without limitation: a company or individuals info etc., photographs, works of art, or images on or in websites, television, movies, or other media) other than works wholly-owned by you; for legal reasons.

In addition: no request for new projects or to attach, enrollments, memberships, subscriptions, recruiting, job fairs, showcases, competitions, contests, LINKS (to other sites: in order to submit, show other postings/listings, to network, solicit or signup/register/recruit, etc.). No post jousting/rants/raves (posting a response to a post), or rallying (posting to support a cause, injustice, etc.) and no offers of optional/similar services to TalentAction.

No posting agent/service/intermediary (that posts on others behalf), info harvesting, pyramid/ponzi schemes, escort/personal services etc., multi-level marketing etc., referral or business opportunities, those that require up-front monies/fees or usage of their in-house or off-property (3rd party) services in order for prospects to work.

NOTICE:
If you see a posting that you feel you need to say something about… please do not post a reply (Re:). This kind of post only discourages users, as it changes the atmosphere and drives potential employers away. If you feel an opinion is warranted, respond directly to poster via "contact" provided.

Violation of any of the above can result in your post being flagged. A "community watch" system empowers users to help identify violators of rules/terms. Furthermore, violators could be "Blacklisted". That is, all of your future posts will be denied (see What is a flag/ blacklist?).      Top of page

How is TalentAction used?
Simply put, TalentAction provides you the ability to see or be seen without actually being there; made possible online.

TalentAction also provides those wishing to advertise the perfect platform in which to do so.

If you audition, pitch, interview, advertise, fill jobs, make acquisitions or provide content, services, etc. in the entertainment industry, then TalentAction can be of help to you. (see Recording tips?)

You must be at least 18 yrs old. If under, you may have a parent/guardian act on your behalf. (see Terms)      Top of page

Is there a charge for using site?
It is FREE to Post Jobs and Find Jobs. There is no fee for using the job/gig posting service. A post can be listed in one of four sections (crew, talent, writing, other). One selection only for this posting section.

There is a nominal fee for using the solicit type posting services. A post can be listed in four sections (crew, talent, writing, other) of which you choose; one or all four. A charged is applied for each selection.

There is a nominal fee for using the site page services. A post can be listed in one of four sections (audition, pitch, interview, other) of which you choose. One selection only for this posting section.      Top of page

Do you need to download videos in order to watch them?
No need to download. All videos are held in the "cloud" (online) so you watch videos instantly from a direct stream viewable via Adobe Flash Player (make sure you have a recent version).

POINT: it estimated that 95-98% of web users have a Flash player installed on their computer. Flash is currently the most compatible video format, requiring the least amount of file space and bandwidth.      Top of page

What is not permitted on this site?
Policy prohibits false advertisement/representation, scams, fraud, content of any kind that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other personal or proprietary rights; OR CONTAIN LIBELOUS, DEFAMATORY, OR OTHERWISE UNLAWFUL MATERIAL.

No harvesting or collecting email addresses or other contact information of TalentAction.com users or the website by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications. Additionally, no use of automated scripts to collect information from the website or for any other purpose. You may not use the website in any unlawful manner or in any other manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair TalentAction.com and its users. (see Terms)      Top of page

I have a site (with demo/reel), how can I use TalentAction?
If you currently have a web site that contains your demo/reel, it’s probably setup in full (general) version and not specific to anyone. You stack the deck against yourself with a one-size-fits-all presentation. Each recipient can be very different in what they are looking for; therefore your submissions should reflect that.

You can utilize TalentAction.com (go to Home page) for short and specific (speed reel) versions for submissions. Each would have its own link/site page making it unique and easy to manage, specific to whom, where, etc. Those recipients with further interest can then be referred to your site with your full body of work. (see Recording tips - Reel?)

Note: short and specific (speed reel) versions expire in (7) days. This is a control mechanism for your material. Until now, you could only hope that your piece/work had been properly handled, or worse, where it might end up. This way, recipients have limited viewing. If you care to keep the short version active beyond seven days, go to My Account - Renew for an itemized list of all of your submissions.      Top of page

My work (demo/reel) is on DVD – how do I get it on the site?
If you currently have no presence on the Internet, and desire to have that luxury, but your work is on DVD; there is a way.

TRANSFERRING VIDEO FROM DVD: if you have dubbed video from your recorder to a DVD burner then to a DVD, you can load the DVD onto your computer and then use DVD ripping software available on the Internet to transfer the video to a format that can be uploaded. DVD ripping software can be found doing a search for "DVD ripping software".

REMEMBER: the maximum file size is 500MB (5 mins.) for demo/reel and 200MB (mins.) for short versions (speed reels), so when converting your piece, keep this in mind. (see How long/size can a video be?)      Top of page

Can I post an ad?
Yes, in the Post Ad or Video Ad section.

NOTE: make sure to check all details and testing of your post in the preview section during posting. TalentAction does not preview, edit, etc. any post (during posting stage). It is your responsibility to do so. Posts are not subject to scrutiny until they are posted.

VIDEO AD: the most effective ads are entertaining, memorable, engaging and well crafted; not to be confused with high production value. A high-end production doesn’t necessarily drive the message; content and proper setting usually does.

POLICY PROHIBITS: false advertisement, scams, fraud, unlawful, info harvesting, pyramid/ponzi schemes, multi-level marketing, etc. No unauthorized use of music, material, copyrighted or legally-protected works (including, without limitation: a company or individuals info etc., photographs, works of art, or images published on or in websites, television, movies, or other media) other than works wholly-owned by you; for legal reasons.

Violators could be "Blacklisted". That is, all of your future posts will be denied. (see What is flag/blacklist?)      Top of page

How long does it take for a post or changes to appear on site?
All posts and changes are immediate.      Top of page

How long/size can a video be?
There are two uploading sections:

1. Up to 2 minutes (200 MB) for: Audition, Pitch, Interview and Video Ad.
2. Up to 5 minutes (500 MB) for a demo/reel; (go to one of the video posting pages, you’ll find link to demo/reel page).

IMPORTANT: make sure to keep your piece as short in length as possible. It is recommended that you COMPRESS your piece, no matter the size (especially if it exceeds size limits). The smaller your file is, the less time to upload, and quicker viewing. You can search free software on the Internet for "Compress" and "Encode" video. (see Video compression?)

Please note, the longer and/or higher quality your video is, the more compression will be required to fit within requirements. You can compress your video by using your computer’s movie editor, etc. Note: Encode changes format (i.e. to flv, etc.).

FORMATS: flv, avi, mpeg, mpg, mpe, dat (vcd), vob (dvd), wmv, asf, asx, mp4, mov, 3gp, 3g2, 3gpp, dv, qt, rm, rmvb, etc.

UPLOADING: processing time varies greatly depending on the format of your original video, file size, upload traffic, your ISP and your computer. On average, you can figure somewhere around 3 minutes for every 20 MB.      Top of page

Explain Full vs. Low pay scale?

  • FULL: Industry standards. Pros as a rule can make hundreds or even thousands of dollars per day for their services.
  • LOW: Below Industry Standards. Generally reserved for entry level or the up-and-coming.

The above is a guide and may not always be the rule.

When in doubt, you probably need to post Low Pay. Please abide by minimum wage, eeo, applicable local, state and federal employment laws, including discrimination laws.      Top of page

How long does a post remain on site?
The following:

  • Jobs for (3) days (from the day you post).
  • Audition/Pitch/Interview (7) days (from the day you post or renew).
  • Ads and Video Ads (7) days (from the day you post or renew).
  • Long-term presence, post remains on site for (180) days (from the day you post or renew).

VIDEOS: you may want to inform recipient that your video expires in 7 days (see My Account). This is a control mechanism for your material. Until now, you could only hope that your piece/work had been properly handled, or worse, where it might end up. This acts as a safeguard for your piece/work, in that it is reserved for limited viewing and not viewable for longer than needed. Giving plenty of time for recipient to review.

RECIPIENT: if you have requested video submission, and at any point you believe you won’t view a particular piece (or need longer viewing time) before it expires, please notify submitter so that they can reload piece..

NOTE: all videos show date of expiration at bottom left corner.      Top of page

Can you have more than one TalentAction link/site page?
Yes. It makes sense to make each of your video submissions unique, with it’s own specific link and page. It would become very challenging trying to manipulate a single site page to accommodate all of your recipients.

See My Account for an itemized list of your submissions, in a layout that makes managing simple.      Top of page

How to find your post on listing page?
Make sure you’re looking in the correct category (Jobs vs. Ads). Make sure you’re looking under correct date (starts the day you posted). Also make sure that it has not expired or been flagged. If it has expired it would be (3 days for Jobs, 7 days for ads) after initial post. If it were flagged, you would have received an email stating so.

In your email, click on your assigned link and you should see your post, or go to My Account.      Top of page

How do I receive responses from my post?
NOTE: during the posting process, make sure you do the "test email" (in the second step of posting) to make sure your email is receiving.

RESPONSES: there is a "contact" button on your posted page. You’ll receive responses via your (hidden) email designation associated with your account. Your email address is not visible to any respondents. If you want to use a different email (temporarily change) from the one that is on your account, go to My Account – "change account info".

In some of your replies you may experience cases of spam, etc. TalentAction takes precautions in preventing this from happening. If you receive... it is recommended that you include any such unwanted emails to your email blacklist/spam.

COMMUNICATION: with a respondent should be as concise and informative as possible. Mention Talentaction.com; state your name/company, nature of your reply, etc. Users respond to many posts, being clear and specific will help them identify who you are when you get back to them.

TIP: particularly for hiring, something seldom given but very much appreciated; acknowledgement given to respondents for "submission received" is always a welcomed professional courtesy. Example: "Thank you for your interest. Your submission has been received. If your qualifications, experience, etc. correspond with our needs, you will be contacted".

IMPORTANT: don’t respond to money solicitations, lotteries, transfers, offers, etc. or anything other than what your post was for. Not limited to supposed contact from TalentAction, who will never contact you via a reply to a posting. (see "What is a scam?")      Top of page

How do I reply to a post?
Click "contact" on posted page and respond accordingly. Replies are forwarded on to poster. Your email address will be visible to them. Prohibited responses are: profanity, obscenities, scam, spam, flooding post with indiscriminate replies (must be for what is requested), no contact from other commercial interests, services, or vying to offer better/optional or similar services to Talentaction.com. These actions destroy opportunities by driving users away.

    DO NOT REPLY FOR:

  • If you are not qualified.
  • Other than what is requested (offer another service or skill, etc.).
  • If you are under the age of 18 yrs. Must have parent/guardian (see Terms).

Posters may receive many responses. Make sure to mention that you are responding to their post on talentaction.com.

NOTICE: If you see a posting that you need to say something about... please DO NOT POST A REPLY. Respond directly to poster via "contact" button only. Post jousting/rants/raves (posting a response to a post), or rallying (posting to support a cause, injustice, etc.) only only discourages users, as it changes the atmosphere...

Violators run the risk of being added to a "Blacklist"; that is your future responses, and possibly postings will be denied.

If you get blacklisted you will not be notified, so you will not know. Your replies will simply not transfer to poster.

If you feel a post is in violation (see What is flag?). If you feel that a fraudulent act has occurred, (see How to report fraud?).      Top of page

Can I see/get details on a post that has been removed?
No. TalentAction does not maintain that information. Once a post is removed, all details associated with it are deleted.      Top of page

General tips? (Safety, Reel, Images as a movie, Transferring video from DVD, Press Release/Kit)
SAFETY:
1. Deal locally whenever possible, where you have the option of meeting in person.
2. Always maintain an ability to meet in the company of others (i.e. in an active office, public meeting place, etc.).
3. Take a form of communication (cell phone, etc.).
4. Tell people you know where you are going.
5. Possibly have someone accompany you.
6. Don’t respond to money solicitations, transfers, offers, etc.
7. If it doesn’t feel right... trust your instincts.

TalentAction is not involved with any post, transaction, deal, etc. and does not/will not endorse any such.

PUTTING TOGETHER A REEL:
TalentAction allows for up to 5 minutes (500 MB) for a demo/reel. If your piece exceeds size limits, check the Internet for sites on "compression". (see General instructions for uploading video?)

Make it relevant. Make it good. Make it short. A demo reel (aka demo tape, show reel, etc) is a video or audio presentation designed to showcase your talents to a potential employer, financier, etc. Depending on your area of experience and what you are applying for, your reel may include examples of your camerawork, editing, graphics, sound mixing, acting, etc.

Breakdown for demo reel should include what you actually did (produce, direct, write, score, etc.) in details, as it is shown. Include this on the frame before the sequence and again in the breakdown.

Never take credit for someone else's work, even implicitly. Sometimes your demo will include segments in which a number of people were involved - make it clear what your role was.

Don't assume that because you supplied your name, contact info, etc. in an email, letter, etc. that this is enough - you must assume that the reel will be watched by someone who doesn't have any other information about you; display these details in your piece.

It's important to match the content to what you're applying for. Use TalentAction to make multiple short (speed reel) versions of your demo so you can provide a piece that’s specific to what you’re vying for. Then follow up if there is interest with you’re full version (site, interactive format such as DVD, etc.).

Don't include any substandard work. You need to know the standards your recipient is looking for and your demo should flawlessly achieve it. One dodgy shot or edit could ruin your chances. If you don't have enough material, you need to work at getting it.

Thirty-second rule: it’s imperative that you understand; you have 30 seconds to make your impression!

This is how it typically works: your link to your piece is clicked, and then recipient presses play. Your best-case scenario is that recipient is still watching after 30 seconds, at which time video is stopped and placed in the "Maybe" file. If recipient hasn't seen anything that stands out from the other contenders, or if there is the slightest hint of any substandard work, your video goes straight in the "No thanks" file. No second chances. This is not an exaggeration - it is the reality of the industry in which you are seeking to work and this is a good time to get used to the ruthless rules which dominate.

Realize that 30 seconds isn't as bad as it sounds. After all, 30 seconds is the standard length of most television commercials. Make the first 30 seconds a TV-style commercial in which the product is you. Make this self-contained so that recipient gains a good understanding of your abilities, experience, intentions, etc. At the conclusion of the commercial, invite recipient to refer to your full version.

Conclusion: don’t get caught up with music/soundtracks; put your best work first; make it clear in email, letter, etc. what you’re vying for and make your reel demonstrate that; include a title card at beginning and end with your name, email, etc.; show work that proves what you did and include pertinent details on title card; don’t rush to get your reel out the door and lose sight of how it should look; make it clear what they’ll be looking at; keep everything clean and simple; well presented still images can be as effective as moving pictures if you really don’t have anything to put on a reel.

IMAGES AS A MOVIE:
Here are a few steps to convert JPEG images into videos by using Windows Movie Maker.

1. From your desktop, click the "Start" button.
2. Select "Programs".
3. Then "Windows Movie Maker".
4. Drag or import the image files to the "Collection Window".
5. Drag the file down to the "Time Line" pane at the bottom.
6. Edit the images until they appear the way you prefer.
7. At the top, select "File" and "Save Movie File".
8. Under the movie selection, select "My computer".
9. Click the "Next" button.
10. Name the movie, and a place to save it (desktop, etc.) click the "Next" button.
11. Follow the instructions until your file is successfully saved.

Once you've completed these steps, your movie will be ready to be uploaded to talentaction.com.

TRANSFERRING VIDEO FROM DVD:
If you have dubbed video from your recorder to a DVD burner then to a DVD you can load the DVD onto your computer and then use DVD ripping software available on the Internet to transfer the video to a format that can be uploaded. DVD ripping software can be found doing a search for "DVD ripping software".

PRESS RELEASE/KIT:
Traditionally, a press release should be a one-page (double-spaced) document that tells your story, in order to interest the media, etc. Unlike a letter, there is no salutation, nor is it personalized or written to a particular person. It is a general document you use for the different media.

Press Release Tips: Only give headlines; the teasers. Don't inundate with information. You want to create interest by grabbing their attention.

Press Kit Tips: Frills, etc. do not make a public relations campaign. Your kit can be as basic as a trip to the stationary store. A good median priced two-pocket folder, that includes copies of any articles or interviews you have appeared in etc., a fact sheet, a short bio about you and your company, a press release, and any visuals or photos that you believe are important.

That is your press kit. After sending press release, make a follow-up call. If asked for a kit, send one, but only to those who have requested it.

Be selective. Modify your press kit to fit the media that you're sending to. Be discerning in who you send the kits to and the materials you include. This should pay off in the long run.      Top of page

Troubleshooting? (Test Email, Performance, Uploading, Post, Photo, Link, Video, Audio, Password, Replies)
TEST EMAIL:
This test ensures your email transmits, so that you may receive your replies to your post. If you do not receive Test Email, please check your spam, bulk, or junk mail folders. If you find the email there, your ISP, spam blocker or filter software is diverting email. You will need to correct this to ensure correspondence gets to you. Do not proceed with posting until you determine what is preventing this email.

Also below, (see Can’t remember my email/password) in case you’ve inadvertently recorded an incorrect email when creating or changing your account.

PERFORMANCE:
Moving between or viewing pages, videos, etc. can be slowed if you don’t regularly clear your browser history. For optimum site performance, clear your browser history/cache in Tools: (Internet Options or Clear Recent History...); then reopen.

Browser: we recommend the latest version of: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari.

Video player: you will need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. It estimated that 95-98% of web users have a Flash player installed on their computer. Flash is currently the most compatible video format, requiring the least amount of file space and bandwidth.

TROUBLE UPLOADING:
Please make sure any firewall software you may have is allowing the connection to our server. If you're on a corporate or school network the connection may be blocked. You might want to check with your network administrator (or ISP) to find out what restrictions your network (or service) may be under.

Important: make sure to keep your piece as short in length as possible. If your video meets minimum requirements and still won't upload, there may be a problem with the editing/video compression you're using. (see General instructions for uploading video?).

Make sure you have latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Most web users have it installed on their computer; and it’s free.

I DON’T SEE MY POST LISTED:
You may need to refresh/reload/restart your browser. Make sure to look in the correct section (Jobs or Ads) and proper category. You can also simply activate link (provided in email) or copy/paste to your address bar.

If still having trouble locating post, go to My Account where you will find all details of your post. If no details show and:

1. You did "test email" in second step of posting process and received email confirming test.
2. You received email confirming posting process completed.

If both steps are confirmed, then it is possible that your post was deleted or flagged. Check your email for notification.

MY IMAGE DOES NOT SHOW:
Make sure that your photo was within size requirements (5MB). You may want to go back to the home page to edit and upload your photo again. Please follow Image guidelines in posting section. (see Adding an image to your listing?)

HAVING TROUBLE WITH LINK:
If you are having difficulty activating a link, try (copy/paste) directly into your web address bar, or go to My Account, click on post to see your link in the address bar.

MY VIDEO IS NOT PLAYING PROPERLY:
If you are currently in the preview step, and have not completed the posting process, this is the proper time to identify and possibly correct any issues.

Make sure you have uploaded video in proper method (see General instructions for uploading video?).

If you have followed uploading instructions, then the issue possibly is within your computer.

You may need to check: your editing tools (settings, compression etc.) also make sure you have a secure Internet connection, and Adobe Flash Player (check for latest version).

If you are not in the preview step, and you’ve completed posting process, then you did not check to see if your video played in preview step. There is where issues are solved before completing process.

You can go to My Account – Edit and upload your video again. Make sure you test it in the preview page.

TalentAction does not refund for failures to check all details in preview step prior to posting.

CAN’T VIEW ANY VIDEOS:
In order to view/play any video on this site, you must have a recent version of Adobe Flash Player. Most web users have a Flash player installed on their computer. Flash is currently the most compatible video format. Check Internet for versions.

VIDEO KEEPS STOPPING WHILE VIEWING:
Make sure you have a stable Internet connection. Check with your network administrator or ISP.

If a video doesn't play continuously, it may be due to your connection speed. You'll need a broadband connection with at least 500+Kbps; for the best viewing experience (1 Mbps or above). Check with your Internet service provider.

Another possible reason for choppy video playback is that our servers are experiencing high traffic. If this is the case, there's not much you can do. However, we are continuously optimizing to keep up with demand to improve your experience at talentaction.com.

Occasionally, an incomplete copy of a video can get stuck in your computer’s cache. Clear your browser's cache/history.

I CAN’T HEAR AUDIO IN VIDEO:
To make sure that you hear sound while watching videos, please try the following:

1. Adjust the volume control on your computer and speakers.
2. Adjust the volume control located on the Video Player.

If these steps don't correct the issue, you may want to try opening your Utilities and checking audio settings.

Your system should be relatively up-to-date with at least (500 Kbps) broadband; latest version Browser and Adobe Flash.

Videos on TalentAction are streamed through Adobe Flash player. For the best viewing experience, we suggest you install the latest version then removing any old version you have installed. Check Internet for versions.

CAN’T REMEMBER MY EMAIL/PASSWORD:
Forgot: talentaction.com does not maintain this information. Go to "Forgot Password" in login window.

Trouble: a common mistake that people make is: you may have typed in your password with your "Caps Lock" button on/off. Try retyping your password with "Caps Lock" button on/off. Also check spelling.

If this is your first time logging in, you may have done one of the aforementioned (Caps Lock or spelling) and created your account with misinformation, try the above remedies. Also check your email for "new account" details.

I RESPONDED TO A POST AND EMAIL CAME BACK:
If your reply comes back to you undeliverable, etc., please check the following:

1. Is the post still listed on the site? (The transfer is only valid for as long as the post is active. Once a post expires,     flagged or deleted, replies will bounce back).
2. Did you include a very large file or image in your reply? (Attachments sent cannot exceed 5MB).      Top of page

Can I upload any other type of content besides video?
Posting pages that require videos must have a video. You can add an image to your video page, but you cannot add an image or audio in lieu of a video.

If you are posting an ad, this page only requires an image.

TalentAction.com is designed to host/share videos and handles most formats. Content that does not contain a video stream can't be processed by our system and will be rejected. (see Accepted video file formats?).

You can still qualify these other types of media (audio, images) by inserting a title screen to your audio, or making a video slideshow out of your images. (see General tips)      Top of page

Can I edit or delete my post?
Yes. You can make changes to or remove your post. Go to My Account – Edit.      Top of page

Can I renew my active post/link?
Yes. To maintain an active link for an extended period or to optimize placement of your post, got to My Account. Your link will be identifiable by its Post ID located within link; e.g. (id=13).

Maintaining the same link address can be very important; especially over time. Depending on necessities... users may need to find your post when they need to. Maintain your link(s) for as long as you like. It’s your own unique site page(s). Before your post expires in (7) days or (180) for long-term, go to My Account to keep your same link address.

IMPORTANT: you must renew before expiration or you will need to re-post (of which you’ll be issued a new link).

If you think a recipient, etc. has not seen your piece; you may want to renew just to be safe. Once link expires it is no longer retrievable. Go to My Account to see your view count, this will give you an idea of any response.

NOTICE: your (link) site page is NOT to be used in any 3rd party transactions. Meaning: using your link to post for someone else, lending or selling space, etc. Your link is to be used by you only, for your uploads. Violators will be removed and/or blacklisted.      Top of page

Does TalentAction offer phone support?
No. TalentAction is solely a site-based entity. You should be able to find answers to your questions here in the Help or Terms section.      Top of page

I saw a post/had an experience that I need to say something about?
Job posting is reserved for PAID jobs/gigs only, and not for the use of: a platform for inquiries, alerts, discontent, concern, comments, advice or an injustice by an existing or previous post or experience.

POLICY PROHIBITS: post jousting, rants/raves/rallying. If you have something that you feel you need to say something about... please DO NOT post a reply (Re:). This only discourages users, as it changes the atmosphere... and drives potential employers away. Violators could be "Blacklisted", that is your future posts and/or replies will not be accepted.

If you feel an opinion is warranted, please respond directly to poster via email, or if you feel the post is in violation of policy, flag the posting for removal. (see How do I reply to a post?).      Top of page

What to do about response abuse?
The best thing is to simply ignore them. Or you can set up a block of the sender’s email address through your personal email client. If you feel that you are in danger... immediately contact law enforcement.      Top of page

Security?
Always have good protection for your computer (i.e. spam block, anti-virus, etc.).

TalentAction takes every possible measure in protecting its users. From a FLAG system that immediately removes violative posts, to a BLACKLIST system that denies violative postings, and unwanted replies to posts.

A further step taken to protect privacy is with an algorithmic security system that only allows those individuals you have given your link can see your video. Stopping any creation of false links in hopes of infiltrating private videos.      Top of page

Protect your creative material?
If you are uploading creative content such as: screenplays, teleplays, music videos, etc. it is strongly recommended that you first register your material through the Writers Guild of America, National Creative Registry, United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress, etc. You can/should display this proof of registration within your piece.      Top of page

What kind of camera do I use for filming?
A digital video camera, phone or any other video recording device. (see Recording tips?).

TIP: if you record at best resolution, then transfer directly to your computer, it can result in a tremendously large file size; e.g. for every second (in best resolution) could translate into as much as (3.7MB/sec) or 60 seconds will equal (220MB).

If you take another step of compressing, it will dramatically reduce file size. (see Video compression?).

Some camera phones automatically compress video before transferring to computer.

NOTE: if you are not shooting a Video Ad or uploading your reel, it is not necessary to shoot in high resolution or use high-end cameras. Viewers have grown accustomed to the video quality of the Internet; that is usually far less than perfect.

REMEMBER: it is about the content, and not the camera. You can avoid a lot of file size issues by keeping it short, shoot in lower resolution and/or compress.      Top of page

What about lighting?
Make sure that your area is sufficiently lighted; natural light, the sun or a lamp should be aimed at you against a complimentary background. Make sure there’s no bright light behind you. This will darken your face.       Top of page

What about using a scene partner?
Unless instructed otherwise, have a friend or family member read opposite to you; off camera.       Top of page

How will I know what to record?
TalentAction.com brings you the 21st century’s save time, no-hassle way to be seen without actually being there.

Talent is pitted against a seemingly unforgiving industry... subjected to repeated doses of rejection, uncertainty, disappointment, humiliation, etc. leading to loss of ambition, burn out... and many give up. The advantage for all is now. Once sides; requirements; qualifications, etc. are provided, talent is ready to be seen, via online video submission.

Requestor should supply all details for video submission. See below for sample.

Sometimes a requestor may not exactly ask for a video submission, but within a post there’s usually enough information to gather what is desired. You might want to take it upon yourself to send a video. That’ll impress them.

Note: no video viewed on talentaction.com needs to be downloaded. All videos are held in the “cloud” (online) so videos are watched instantly from a direct stream viewable via Adobe Flash Player (just need recent version).

Below is an actual post sample of a request for actors.

SAMPLE:
We're looking for actors in the LA area who would like to be featured in a cameo type appearance (a tv interview) within a movie. You will be in the scene with the star of the film.

Please follow these audition directions to be considered for the role. Answer the following questions IN THE VIDEO; include a headshot or photo and resume. Keep video under 2 min.

1. What are you currently doing with your career?
2. In a perfect world, what would you currently be doing with your career?
3. What does acting mean to you?
4. Why do you act?
5. What is the inspiration behind your desire to act?
6. Why do you think you would make it in the acting business?

Upload your video to talentaction.com; then send us your link.

Production will take place in Los Angeles, CA. If we desire an in-person meeting, travel expenses to and from Los Angeles to be paid by production company.      Top of page

Recording tips?
TALENT: is subjected to repeated doses of rejection, uncertainty, disappointment, humiliation, etc. leading to loss of ambition, burn out... and many give up. The advantage for all is now. Once sides; requirements; qualifications, etc. are provided, talent is ready to be seen, via online video submission.

CAMERA: your piece does not have to be shot with hi-end equipment or in a professional setting; it’s about the content. Though always enhance your possibilities by creating the proper environment. Use a complimentary backdrop: a wall, sheet, color board, natural setting, etc. with light (natural or lamp) set towards you. (see What about lighting?).

LIGHTING: light should be aimed at you. Make sure there’s no bright light behind you. This will darken your face.

SOUND: don’t position camera too far away; unless you have a microphone near or attached to you.

BACKGROUND: sequester noise (pets, children, etc.). Don’t sit in front of a window or bright light. Remember to tidy up what’s behind you. Make sure to pick a private place with no interruptions.

CLOTHING: even though you’re not meeting face-to-face, dress as though you are. Avoid patterns and the color white; both are distracting. You want focus on your teeth and eyes, not on what you’re wearing.

FRAMING SHOT: prop camera, use tripod or have friend record you – sit/stand tall but not too close, you don’t want to look like a mug shot. And not too far, so you’re lost in the scenery. Stay centered (be close enough that shoulders are in view). Look into the camera lens or just off camera. Speak clearly and concisely. Be conscious of leaning in too close while trying to emphasize a point.

DRY RUN: do so to check lighting, sound and facial expressions (a neutral expression can seem glum onscreen).

FOOTAGE: raw footage transferred directly to your computer can be a tremendously large file. Consider transferring footage to an editing program (most current computers provide) to fine tune; for file reduction (compression) check Internet for free use of compression tools.

You're shooting for your piece to be shown on a small screen, keep in mind shots may look different vs. on a large screen.

EDITING: once you've shot your video, you may need to edit to shorten or to make your piece look more professional... you can utilize editing software tools that comes standard with most systems. Compression of your video is recommended to reduce any file size. This will shorten both your upload and viewers access time. (see Video compression?)

There are a number of FREE sites that offer extensive tips on: acting, writing, technical, etc.

Before you start your piece, make sure at the beginning, along with stating who you are, also mention what you are reading, pitching or applying for.

AUDITION - once you know what casting, etc. seeks... and it’s time to prepare…. speak towards the camera loud and clearly; slate/say your name; do (left-right) profiles; take a beat (a second) then begin. Your piece should be engaging. Don’t loose your audience; and keep it short (under 2 min.). If you need a scene partner, have them read off camera.

PITCH - remember, industry professionals are busy people with limited prospecting time. Think trailer length; about 30 seconds to one minute. Anything more than that, you’re pushing it. It’s best to hit them hard and fast leaving them wanting for more.

Pitching an idea is only part of the journey. If you go in with material appropriate to network, studio, etc. you’re pitching, and you have the talent to execute it (or have the right talent attached), you’re ahead of the crowd. No performance arts, special effects, etc. should persuade an experienced buyer to choose something that is not, at its core, right for them.

If you are uploading creative content such as: screenplays, teleplays, music videos, etc. it is strongly recommended that you protect your creative material by first registering it through the Writers Guild of America, National Creative Registry, or the United States Copyright Office, etc. You can/should display this proof of registration within your piece.

    Pitch Structure Example: (writer in pitch meeting with network execs)

  • I have this idea...
  • I want to do...
  • About this...
  • What happens is...
  • There’ll be plenty of...
  • With lots of...
  • The show will center around...
  • Who thinks...
  • And this leads to...
  • Conclusion: (solidifiers)

  • Actor already has brand recognition...
  • And an international fan base that includes...
  • So this opens doors for foreign rights...

INTERVIEW - after employer supplies you with desired qualifications... and you're ready to prepare, set yourself in a comfortable and professional setting; focus and speak directly towards camera. Your piece should be engaging; it’s not always about the qualifications, so let your personality shine. Don’t lose your Interviewer; keep it conversational and short.

If a creating a general resume/introduction talk about: your education; work experience; achievements; skills; and how you will contribute to employers needs.

Most people’s reading voice is very little like their speaking voice. Don’t say it memorized. Just talk.

Depending on the quality of your camera, lighting, setting, and your ability to add titles or graphics using video editing software, you could produce a top-notch Video Resume. This option is perfect if you have the equipment, the know-how (or know someone who does).

VIDEO AD - quality of messaging is very important. No one really has a handle on how effective the creative part of an ad is until it is released, and even then it might take time to know whether the ad really worked. Which is to say, did it increase sales or awareness. Try creating something outrageous that gets great reaction. Then tie in loosely your message, at the end. On the other-hand, depending on your message... straightforward may work best for you.

The most effective ads are entertaining, memorable, engaging and well crafted; not to be confused with high production value. A high-end production doesn’t necessarily drive the message. Content and proper setting usually does.

REEL - to be most effective reels should be constructed according to request. If you currently have a web site, you can utilize talentaction.com for short and specific versions. Don’t try a one-size-fits-all; make each specific.

You should not include everything you’ve ever worked on. Make it fun to watch, but don’t over do it. Only include your work; that is, what you’ve done. Keep it very short. Recipients that have further interest can then be referred to your full body of work. (see General tips?).

NOTICE: No gratuitous nudity, offensive language, profanity, inappropriate activity, violence, etc. Submissions must be user’s personal and original work. No unauthorized use of music, material, copyrighted or legally-protected works (including, without limitation: a company or individuals info etc., photographs, works of art, or images published on or in websites, television, movies, or other media) other than works wholly-owned by you; for legal reasons.      Top of page

General instructions for uploading video?
Before uploading make sure you follow these uploading instructions in accordance with rules on posting pages.

It is recommended that you keep videos as short as possible, for two reasons:
1. So not to bog down site with long videos (which will only make your upload longer and access for viewers slower).
2. Most viewers will not stay with anything that is too long. Whatever your message, it should be short and to the point.

There are two uploading sections:
1. Up to 2 minutes (200 MB) for: Audition; Pitch; Interview and Video Ad.
2. Up to 5 minutes (500 MB) for a demo/reel (go to one of the posting pages, there will be a link for demo/reel).

Depending on your connection speed, your computer, the size of the video, resolution, format, and upload traffic, it can take anywhere from minutes to over an hour or so to upload a video.

Generally, if you have a high-speed Internet connection you can expect the upload to take somewhere around 3 minutes per 20 MB (or 30 minutes for 200MB). Again keeping the aforementioned variables in mind. (see Video compression?)

If you’re using a consumer grade camera, filming at 640x480 resolution, your piece is short and compressed; upload can be relatively quick.

Additionally, a file in FLV format completes upload process quicker than any other format.

Remember, depending on the number of users, etc. uploading can be like a bottleneck on a busy highway, many lanes merging into one. So congestion can happen.

COMPRESSION: use your video editing tool's compression features to prepare your piece before uploading it to the site. Compressed files reduce the size of the file dramatically, resulting in a faster upload; and improving overall speed of viewing (see Video compression). If you currently don’t have access, there is adequate FREE compression software available on the Internet. Check sites that instruct on how to do this process particular to your format.

POINT: never use your original or master. Make a copy and work from that.

IMPORTANT: while uploading, DO NOT close browser or navigate from page, etc. as you could interrupt video upload and processing. Also make sure you have a secure/uninterupted Internet connection.

ACCEPTED FORMATS: flv, avi, mpeg, mpg, mpe, dat (vcd), vob (dvd), wmv, asf, asx, mp4, mov, 3gp, 3g2, 3gpp, dv, qt, rm, rmvb, etc.

If you don’t think your current video file format is recognized by TalentAction, you may get the best results by converting (encode) to one that is accepted. But first, try to upload your file. You can search free software on the Internet for "Compress" and "Encode" video.      Top of page

Adding an image to your listing?
The system will automatically resize your image for you. If you choose to do your own image modifications, please follow these guidelines. Especially if your image exceeds size limit or is of an irregular size.

    STEPS:

  • Crop your image to square format (scale) in your image editing software.
  • VIDEO POST: adjust size to 1.6 inches by 1.6 inches or 120 pixels by 120 pixels; set resolution to 120 ppi.
  • AD POST: adjust size to 2 inches by 2 inches or 200 pixels by 200 pixels; set resolution to 200 ppi.
  • Save For The Web, as a high (maximum) quality JPEG.

Place image in a file folder and then you can return to talentaction.com to complete your posting. Maximum file size; 5MB.

Note: if your image contains print, and depending on the font size, it could become too small to read. Also, generally, images reduce better (in quality) than they enlarge.

You can change your image/photo as often as you need; see My Account.      Top of page

Accepted video formats?
VIDEO: flv, avi, mpeg, mpg, mpe, dat (vcd), vob (dvd), wmv, asf, asx, mp4, mov, 3gp, 3g2, 3gpp, dv, qt, rm, rmvb, etc.

A file in FLV format loads to site quicker than any other format. TalentAction can accept almost any video format for upload; all videos will be encoded to the site’s standard FLV (Flash Video) format. This format (streaming) allows viewing without download.

It estimated that 95-98% of web users have a Flash player installed on their computer. Flash is currently the most compatible video format, requiring the least amount of file space and bandwidth.

If you don’t think your current video file format is recognized, you may get the best results by converting (encode) to one that is accepted. You can search free software on the Internet for "Compress" and "Encode" video.      Top of page

Recording devices?
If you already have a digital video recorder (one that captures in any of the digital formats), then you're ready to start shooting. Your digital video recorder will need some kind of direct connection to your computer; either to the USB or FireWire ports or by inserting the DVD you've recorded. Once you've transferred the video from the camera, you can upload it to talentaction.com, or bring it into an editing program and/or compression for enhancing. Most computers come with editing software; (i.e. windows Movie Maker, IMovie etc. – see your computer’s Help section).

If you have an older device such as an analog camcorder (one that uses VHS, VHS-C, SVHS-C, 8mm, or Hi8 tape), you can still get your videos onto talentaction.com. It will require an extra step and some additional equipment though, since these camcorders are not usually equipped with computer connections. You'll need to digitize the video with a converter box, which will convert the analog signal from the camcorder to a digital signal that the computer can understand. After the video has been digitized, you can manipulate it further by editing, compressing or encoding it.      Top of page

Video compression?
WHAT IS COMPRESSION:
Compressing video is essentially the process of reducing the quantity of data used to present video.

WHY IS DIGITAL VIDEO COMPRESSED:
Digital video is compressed because it takes up a staggering amount of room in its original form. By compressing (making files smaller) you make it easier to store, upload and view.

Some cameras/phones automatically compress video before transferring to computer.

EXAMPLE:
If you record at best resolution, then transfer video from your camera to your computer it will result in a tremendously large file (without compression); i.e. for every second (in best resolution) can take (3.7MB/sec), or 60 seconds of footage could translate to approximately 220MB. Taking the next step with compression would dramatically reduce your file size.

NOTE:
Bad source material (shaky camera, background noise, etc.) makes for bad compression. Lots of cuts or motion also results in bad compression. Hence, using mounted cameras when shooting live footage helps video quality quite a bit. Whenever possible, use the highest-quality recording mode on your device and then compress the file.

TIP:
It is not necessary to shoot with high-end cameras. Viewers have grown accustomed to the video quality on the Internet, so they are not expecting big production value. Remember, it’s about the content, not necessarily the production value.

IMPORTANT:
You should never make changes to a master (original). Make a copy of master then apply changes to copy. If you don’t have compression tools available, search the Internet for possible free versions.      Top of page

What is flag/blacklist?
During the posting process, TalentAction does not preview, edit, legitimize, endorse, etc. any post. Posts are not subject to scrutiny until after they are posted. Therefore, the flag system is utilized in order to maintain order and integrity.

FLAG: this check and balance system is set in place in attempts to identify postings that violate terms. A "community watch" system empowers users to help identify violators by using this flag system. If a posting violates terms it is automatically removed; immediately. It takes more than one flag (per user) to affect a single posting. Posts that are repeatedly flagged are subject to staff review and additional remedial actions.

BLACKLIST: remedial actions can amount to being "blacklisted" from any future posting, etc. Any violation in the context of below can constitute this action. Notwithstanding, users who violate rules for contacting a poster. (see How do I reply to a post?).

    VIOLATION CATEGORIES:

  • Prohibited – (violates Terms posting guidelines).
  • Inappropriate – (violates Terms language, obscene, offensive guidelines).
  • Scam – (violates Terms business practice guidelines).
  • Miscategorized - (misplaced, wrong category, too commercial/more like ad). JOB POST ONLY.
  • Duplicate Post – (same post listed within a (3) day period, and/or in more than one category). JOB POST ONLY.

To view guidelines for posting process see Posting a job?  Can I post an ad?  Recording tips?.

This control system is not "fail proof" and some might be flagged that may not be in direct violation. Therefore, those individuals can repost.

JOB SECTION: Those flagged in direct violation will need to first: wait 3 days; thoroughly read guidelines/rules; and rectify any infraction before reposting.

TalentAction provides no refund, credit, etc. for any post as a result of being flagged.

Additionally, anyone other than you using your login info, lending, selling of site page, etc. can result in being blacklisted. If you get blacklisted you will not be notified; the system will automatically deny any posting, etc.      Top of page

What is considered spam?
Bulk or indiscriminate replies for other than what the poster requested, with intentions of promoting oneself, services or business, etc. Notwithstanding unqualified, underage respondents, or offers of optional/similar services to talentaction.com.      Top of page

What is a scam?
Generally refers to any type of action that presents fraudulent or wrongful intentions to prospective victims.

POLICY PROHIBITS: false advertising, money exchange, pyramid schemes, info harvesting, those that require up-front monies/fees or usage of their in-house or off-property services (3rd party) in order for prospects to work.      Top of page

How to avoid a scam?
Never divulge financial or sensitive information. TalentAction will never contact any user asking for personal or sensitive information. Ignore any such attempts.

Ask any business, agency or operator for appropriate licenses or certification numbers. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau.

USER: Beware of predators. If it doesn’t feel right... then it probably isn’t. Use common sense. Post should include: who they are, position, requirements, when, where, pay, etc.

TalentAction does not pre-screen any post for origin or legitimacy, etc. It is up to you to take the necessary precautions. Scrutinize every post you respond to. Posts are provided for your convenience and are not an endorsement by talentaction.com.

    Some steps to follow:

  • Always exercise good judgment and professionalism in your dealings.
  • Don’t divulge personal information.
  • Don’t accept promises of lists, placement, representation, etc. in return for an upfront fee.
  • Ask for specifics of their intent, background, experience, etc.
  • Always maintain an ability to meet in the company of others; i.e. in an active office, public meeting place, etc.
  • Above all, trust your instincts.

POSTER: In some of your replies you may experience cases of spam, etc. (i.e. reply is not for what you requested; or reply offers other services, etc.). Precautions are taken to prevent this from happening. If you experience this kind of response, it is recommended that you include any such unwanted inquiries to your email blacklist/spam block.

    Do not reply to offers of:

  • You’ve won a lottery you didn’t enter and are asked to send back money for taxes, etc.
  • You’ve inherited money from a relative you’ve never heard of.
  • A stranger asks you to deposit/mail/wire/transfer money/check.
  • Someone overpays you and asks that the surplus from check/wire, etc. be returned.
  • The IRS sends you unsolicited email.
  • A job offer/opportunity from a person you’ve never met.
  • You’re offered a business deal that will make you rich.
  • Money is needed from someone who needs help, etc.

Above all, if It sounds too good to be true...then it probably is.

TalentAction operates as an online service provider, and will not be held liable as "publisher" of "self published" content submitted by its users.      Top of page

How to report fraud?
If you suspect that you've received a fraudulent email. You may want to report that fraudulent email to the Federal Trade Commission or Internet Fraud Complaint Center.      Top of page

Forum section; how to post or reply?
GROUND RULES FOR INTERACTING WITH OTHERS:

• Be careful. Never share your email address or personal information in the forum. Please be cautious if you chose to contact others offline or ask others to contact you.

• Be nice to each other. This is a community of people who care, and we want to keep things friendly. Personal attacks and name-calling are not permitted. This behavior may result in a warning or removal from the community.

• Be prepared to fight abuse. This is a community of people who care, and we want to keep things friendly. Personal attacks and name-calling are not permitted. This behavior may result in a warning or removal from the community.

GROUND RULES FOR HOW TO MAKE A POST:

• Posts must be made by a person. Nicknames are fine (as long as they're appropriate), but please keep in mind that user nicknames may not be an email address or a URL.

• Posts must be relative in nature. Stay on topic.

• Posts must be easy for others to read. Subject lines may not be in ALL CAPS or contain excessive punctuation. Posts may not contain unnecessary URLs. While you're welcome to post a URL if you have troubleshooting questions related directly to the site, posts with excessive URLs will be removed. Members who post excessive URLs may be removed or blacklisted from the forum.

• Posts must be in appropriate category. This forum is organized by categories, so please chose the appropriate category for your question.

GROUND RULES FOR WHAT NOT TO POST:

• Content. Posts shouldn't contain the following types of materials. If you post these types of content, you or your post may be removed from the forum.

• Spam. In this forum, we're all responsible for keeping the community spam-free. Spam includes, but is not limited to, any promotional, commercial, or adult content, multiple instances of the same post, posts with URLs unrelated to the question, and the transmission of malware, viruses, or anything that may disrupt service or harm others.

• Nudity and sexually explicit material. We don't allow nudity or sexually explicit material. We also don't allow content that drives traffic to commercial pornography sites.

• Violent or bullying behavior. Don't threaten, harass, or bully other users. This includes using profanity to abuse others.

• Hate speech. We don't allow the promotion of hatred toward groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation/gender identity or political affiliation.

• Impersonation. We don't allow impersonation of others or other behavior that is misleading or intended to be misleading.

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