TalentJug is used by "talent", actors, singers, dancers, etc. to find casting calls and hopefully fulfill their dreams of becoming a star. It also offers a place for industry professionals to view profiles posted there. The site contains casting call resources, a blog, a list of current casting calls, a search function, and profiles of the talent.
TalentJug was founded in 2008, but there is no information regarding the owners or history of the application. Online research reveals information about the site that is nearly identical in its phrasing of praise. There are between 2,000-10,000 unique visitors each month.
The interface is very busy and appears to be designed to appeal to younger users. This is based on the homepage with colors very similar to Facebook and a logo with a large sparkling star in it. The information on this site, other than the casting calls, reads like a celebrity gossip magazine. The blog has little information of any value. The free membership does not even let talent see samples of what they get for subscribing.
The basic profile section includes citizenship, willingness to travel for work, languages spoken, and a short bio including website, MySpace page, IMDB page, and other web address. The physical information section asks ethnicity, height, weight, waist size, bust size, cup size (for females), hip size, dress size, hair color, eye color, shoe size, and inseam. The professional information section asks for union affiliations and what areas the talent is willing to work in (theatre, film, television, commercials, other). This section asks about specialized training and special skills. The gallery, audio, and video sections are basic uploads. The resume section includes the ability to upload a resume and indicate work history. All of this is very easy to complete with dropdown menus and fill-in-the-blanks.
Industry professionals can then search the site with filters for type of work, location, gender, and age range. They may also use the advance search and filter based on the other information from the profiles.
Casting calls may be searched by talent. These may be filtered by title, category, role name, role gender, role ethnicity, role age range, country, and city. Free plan users cannot access the details, only the casting call titles, location, and category.
The blog section main page is all celebrity news rather than tips on getting cast. There are categories, however most sections are very celebrity news oriented. For example, the audition tips section is populated with audition videos of Hugh Laurie, Kristen Bell, and Evangeline Lilly. It would seem that the site should offer more advice-based content for talent rather than standard entertainment site information.
The final area, for paid plans only, is the casting call resources section. This lists agencies, coaches, music producers, etc. and indicates how many listings there are for each one, but only subscribers may view the contact information.
The overall site look is shades of dull gray with a logo at the top. The home page is busy with featured talent, latest casting calls, and recent blog posts (all celebrity stories that sound like they are taken from magazines e.g. NeNe Leakes Cast in New Ryan Murphy Pilot! The site as a whole is boring to look at and not terribly informative.
To register, users must provide a first and last name, unique TalentJug URL, set privacy settings, email address, password, gender, date of birth and guardian information if under 18. Also necessary are location - including country, state, and city - and what kind of talent the user has of the following: Actor, Model, Singer, Dancer, Other.
Once registered, the user is taken to the pricing page. The free plan includes two photos and a profile page. The Monthly plan, at $7 per month, includes a feature on the home page, the ability to view casting call details, five photos, 1 video file, 1 audio file, a resume, 20 monthly casting call submissions, and a profile page. The 6 month plan, at $25 per month, offers the rotating feature on the home page, the ability to view casting call details, 25 photos, 3 video uploads, 3 audio uploads, a resume, 50 monthly casting call submissions, and a profile page. The Yearly Plan is offered at $3.75 per month, though elsewhere on the page it says $40/year which would be $3.33 per month. This plan includes the homepage feature, casting call viewing, unlimited photos, unlimited, video uploads, unlimited audio uploads, a resume, unlimited casting call submissions, and a profile page.
This application is one of many for actors. Based on the lack of information about the company, the thin information and advice for talent, and the general feeling of the site, it is not recommended.