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An overview of our services and how they can help you
Presenter Promotions are a unique online resource for anyone working as a presenter or voice artist (or wanting to make it their new career). Likewise we also have a reputation for helping producers and production personnel to find the talent they are looking for.
Yes, we have been here a long time, we set up in 1990, so have plenty of experience, as well as a great reputation, and in that time we have seen unknown artists become house-hold names. We don't claim to be totally resposible for their success, we have just offered a helping hand, with jobs and individual advice. We are a comprehensive resource for newcomers and established artists alike.
Anyone who is currently working (or wants to work) in TV, Radio or the associated industries. We also help Production Companies find the artists they are looking for.
There is no other company like us, (who specialise in just presenters) there has been many who in the past have tried to copy or imitate what we do, however in true style they don't seem to hang around for very long. We do not make claims of earning loads of money, nor do we say you will be on TV next week, indeed our advice is always realistic and achievable for those prepared to work hard in reaching their goals.
Yes, thats what we are here for, to make the industry more aware of you and your talents. By becoming a PREMIUM MEMBER you can also apply for the jobs that appear on our latest jobs pages.
No, we do not represent individual artists or take any commissions from any work you do, our casting services can help get you work and help you get to where you want to be.
You can get a FREE profile on our website at no cost and all of our advice is free too, both via email or over the telephone, but to view and apply for the jobs there is a fee that is chargeable. Please note all conversations and communications are completely confidential and we don't sell or pass on your details to anyone else either.
Yes, we are building a Producers Contact File, which will have lots of production contacts, that you will be able to use for this process.
It may take some time, but as and when its available you will see it on the top menu of this website.
No, its hard work, with hardly any praise. In fact, if you are the sort of person who cannot stand rejection, then don't even start, as this a high competition industry. However, if you are determined, hard working and thick skinned, then there's a good chance you can climb to the next rung of the ladder.
No, not at first, in fact most new-comers keep the day job until they start earning in the industry. Your new career will take some time to build, and you might need to invest money in your new career at the beginning too.
If you become a member of the Presenter Promotions website you can get free access to our Members Advice Area, which is packed with guidance, hints and insider tips to help you get your dream job.
Also we offer a downloadable e-book too and you can see details of this by clicking on the advice link on the top menu of this website.
There are a few, but these days a large majority are short contracts or freelance roles.
If you start to earn money, I recommend you find an accountant to file details with your local tax office and complete a tax return form for you every year. In the UK you will have to complete and return an assessment form and it must sent in by the end of January every year.
Under the Self-Assessment scheme, you must keep full records of income and expenditure and preserve them for five years. During the year, as you earn you should put some of your earnings aside as you will have to make payments of any tax due in two, half-yearly chunks, in January and July. These payments are estimated amounts paid on account with a refund or surcharge made the following year once the actual figures are known.
When you register as self-employed you will be given a tax reference number, so make sure you know yours as this can be helpful in proving to clients that you are properly registered as self-employed with the Inland Revenue. The tax system is somewhat complicated and it can be a minefield if you put a wrong figure into your accounts or a tax return. It would be advisable to obtain the services of an accountant who can advise you further.
I had a page with the words 'Invalid Token' pop up after I had been using the site, what's this about?
This happens when you were either:-
This error may mean any changes you made will need doing again as its likely it didn't save them
Click on the following link: I want to become a member! and follow the instructions on the page.
You were sent these on your first email when you joined, see the image below.
Or Click on the following link: I need a new password and follow the instructions on the page.
When you first joined, your very first email (when joining) has this information, see the image below:-
Click on the following link: I need a new password and follow the instructions on the page.
Go to Logout on the top menu, click once and you will be safely logged out of your account.
Go to the top menu and select Login, this will take you to the LOGIN Page that requires your Username and Password. Once you have entered these, click the Login button and you will be taken straight to your Membership Dashboard. If you haven't got a username yet then please go to the register page first.
As long as you are logged in then the dashboard menu link will be displayed on the top (Main) menu. If not, use the Login option on the top menu and this will always take you back to your Membership Dashboard.
Always log-out at the end of your session when using the Presenter Promotions website. This is a recommended pattern to get used to, as it helps prevent others gaining access to you account.
Go to your Membership Dashboard, then Subscription and then Buy Subscription: Existing Members can up-grade from their free membership to Premium Membership here.
Simply select the plan you require by clicking the desired radio button, and then selecting how you wish to pay for the plan. Then click the ’Subscribe’ button.
You will then get sent to the SUBSCRIPTION SUCCESS page, the Overview will display the plan details, all you need to do is click the ‘Continue’ button.
Yes, theres a guide right HERE that will guide you in using the Saved and Applied-for Jobs features.
You can only do this as a logged in Producer or production person. On the main menu click Talent, then View Talent and scroll the available photos, click on their Image or name to view their profile page.
That's easy choose paypal as your payment choice and when the page opens you will see on the right hand side a link called, "Pay with a credit or debit card". Click this link and a page will open to pay this way. You can see where I have marked with the crosses on the image below:-
No, you cannot change your username. Once you have a username it stays with you!
Go to your Dashboard, then Edit Profile. You will see a link to click on in your User information, next to your username you should click on the Change password/ E-mail link to make the changes you prefer.
Go to your Dashboard, then Edit Profile. You will see a link to click on in your User information. Next to your username you should click on the Change password/ E-mail link to make the changes you prefer.
Only Logged in producers can search and view talent profiles, its a a way to make sure only professional and genuine producers and production personnel are viewing and responding to talent profiles.
You must be a premium member and the most recent 20 members are displayed on this page.
Every week the artist with the most profile views (by logged in producers) is displayed in this special frame. Producers viewing the main view talent page will see your profile photo in a special featured artist frame, to appear here you must be a premium member.
20mb (although I suggest the smaller the better) so it is quick to load when a producer clicks play. Files over this size wil be rejected.
Questions with Answers and In-depth help guides aimed at TALENT appearing on the site
This section of FAQ's has lots more info, but you need to be a logged in member to read them.
I need to complete my profile, but there's some things I am not sure about, is there a guide to adding a profile?
Yes check out this guide called Adding a Talent Profile, it includes everything to do with adding your profile.
You are getting this error message as you need to be a premium member to add Cover Letters.
As a Premium Member you can add up to 4. Always have one selected as ACTIVE, before applying for any job.
As a Premium Member you can add 2 CV's to your profile.
Go to your Membership Dashboard and under the Subscription tab you will find Invoices. Simply select the required document and click print or save as a pdf onto your device.
Appoval Issues: Until your membership is approved you cannot apply for jobs on the website. Dependant on the time of day, if its urgent please drop a text marked 'Need Approval' with your full name and email address to: 07782 224207.
Payment Issues: If you agreed to pay by bank Transfer using internet banking, the admin team cannot appove your membership until the agreed fee arrives in our bank account.
Practical Issues: As a Premium Member you MUST have a Cover Letter and a CV attached to your account, (BOTH MARKED AS ACTIVE) as applications can not go ahead. Add these via your Dashboard, under the Profile Tab.
Gender Issues: If the advert is requesting Female and you are Male (or vice-versa) then this will also prevent application.
Deadline Date Issues: Sometimes a producer may finish a job early as they have found the exact talent they need. The job may still be live on the system, but will reject the application.
First thing to do when you get back to your Dashboard is:-
Any monies paid since June 2016 are to be found on your dashboard, see Subscription and then select invoices. You will see a list of all payments and you have the option to download invoices too. There is a full help guide here about Invoices
Yes, take a look at this My Messages Help guide if you get stuck using it.
Simply go to your Dashboard and under Jobs see the Job Alerts Tab. Complete the required details and you will get updates sent to you. Heres an in-depth guide on how to do this.
Questions with Answers and In-depth Help Guides aimed at Producers and Production Personnel who are using the site
Yes, there is no cost to you, all our operation is totally free to use, including posting unlimited job vacancies and posts to our Industry Events pages too.
You must be a logged in PRODUCER to view profiles, go to Talent on the top menu and select View Talent, you can then scroll through the latest faces, if you want to see more about the artist, click on their photo and it will reveal a full profile page contacting their information.
Want to see more? At the bottom of the View Talent page is a 'View MORE Talent' button, this reveals more talent for you to select and view.
Have a specific need? Use the serch for talent option on the menu, and you will get more tailored results.
Yes, simply click on the Contact button on the relevant profile page and you can send them a casting message or a request for further information. They will reply to you via the internal messaging system and you will be notified when a message arrives for you.
DO NOT use this form to spam, ask for a date or promote any other website, directory or promotional service. The Talent (like you) consider themselves professional. We arrange regular checks and any indication of this behavior will engage a removal process and permanent banning of your membership.
As a general rule, the answer is No, You deal directly with the artist and make all arrangements, including negotiation of fees for the job in question.
My answer to this question is very simple, WOULD YOU? The minimum wage regulations were set up for a reason. Someone who isn't being paid is less likely to give their all for your production. Remember you get what you pay for!
There will always be someone who sees the value of ‘the experience’ as more value than the money, but we all have bills and we have to eat! I would reccommend you offer decent expenses. You cannot expect a presenter to give you their time for free when others are being paid, so a little cash can go a long way.
Yes of course you can, Presenter Promotions recognise the value of good work experience, this is often a very beneficial arrangement, when organised correctly. However this should not be used as a way to circumvent the MINIMUM WAGE policies set out by the government.
Note: As a volunteer there is no contract and therefore can be under no obligation to work certain hours or perform particular duties.
As a general rule of thumb, you will get what you pay for, so good professional talent costs money, but there are always exceptions to the rule.
You can get some guidance here at usefee.tv
See our Help Guide on Posting a Job HERE
You have the same contact details for each artist as I do, so its unlikely I will be able to help you. Remember some may be aboard working or out of contact, maybe even on holiday. It's nice if they respond quickly, (and most will be very quick) but its not always possible. If you are in urgent need and the talent member you are trying to contact is not responding, you may be better off looking for someone else with a similar look or style.
Post your service on our Events Pages, its totally free for you to use and could benefit you and the service you offer and the members of the Presenter Promotions website. Go to the top menu of this website, select Events, then Submit Event
Help and Advice with building your Profile with Presenter Promotions
I have created a full breakdown on how to Add a Talent Profile on the website: This GUIDE should answer all your questions and help you with all you need to add your profile on the website.
You can only add one, although take a premium membership and you can add 6 more using our Weblinks option.
One for free accounts
Three for Premium and more using the Weblinks option.
None for free accounts, but up to SIX on a Premium account.
One for free accounts
Three for Premium accounts
See this in-depth Help Guide about adding Cover Letters to your profile.
Login and go to your Dashboard, and under the Profile tab you will find the View Profile. It displays the profile how a producer would view it, however some of the buttons are disabled on your version, as they are for the producers use only. You can of course use the share options to promote your profile across all your social media platforms
Use the share options to promote your profile across all your social media platforms. You can find these on your View Profile option (under the Profile tab) in your Membership Dashboard. Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn and many more are included.
Follow this simple guide, it will help you with whats needed to add a showreel link.
Yes, in your Dashboard, you will see an icon for Views by Producer, (its also found in the Profile Tab) this reveals all views, by name, number and frequency. See our Help Guide for this element here.
When I look at 'Producer Views' on my profile, I notice that a name comes up called Name Confidential, who is this?
Name Confidential will be displayed when a producer has viewed your profile who ISN'T logged in.
If your CV wil not upload, check the file name (of the CV) like the image below and edit it so it doesn't have any special characters like brackets or spaces.
In depth help in making an application.
Go to your Dashboard and on the Jobs tab you wil see My Saved/Applied Jobs this area will show all jobs you have both saved and applied for.
If you don’t want to attach your CV on any application go to the active CV, go to Edit and where its marked Active, select No on the radio buttons, then save. Remember to go back and make one of your CV's Active again after sending the application otherwise the next application (and any that follow it) will also NOT include your CV. So be aware of this.
This way of contacting producers only works if they have viewed your profile (so have expressed an interest in you). Useful if you want to keep in touch and update a producer of new information that might be useful for the future.
a) Log in and go to your DASHBOARD
b) Select the VIEWS BY PRODUCER icon and this will show all producers who have viewed your profile.
c) By selecting the company name it will open a company details page with a contact option for that producer.
d) Click the CONTACT BUTTON and it will open a message page that will enable you to send a direct message to the producer/employer.
Questions and Answers for those who are placing FREE job adverts on the site
I have created a full breakdown on how to add a FREE job posting to the website: This GUIDE should answer all your questions and help you post the perfect job vacancy for optimum results.
GUIDELINES ON RE-PUBLISHING A PREVIOUS VACANCY: This is very easy to do, it can be done with a couple of clicks. Even if you want to keep all the text the same, you must change the expiry date BEFORE you republish, otherwise the ad will go live and display the original deadline date. To do this click the Pencil icon in the Manage column in My Job Listings.
To republish your vacancy go to your Dashboard, then Jobs and Talent and then select My Job Listings. This will display ALL of the jobs you have posted on the website.
On the far right you will see a column called: Manage, select the pencil icon to edit the vacancy, make any changes you feel are needed, but don't forget to change the Application Deadline, save the job and then click re-publish and you are done.
I have found the Talent I need and need to know how do I finish a job posting early (before its deadline date)?
Go to your Dashboard, then Jobs and Talent and then select My Job Listings. This will display ALL of the jobs you have posted on the website.
Finish a Job Early: If you have found the perfect person or need to finish the casting before yore deadline date go to the Managecolumn in My Job Listings and click the warning triangle icon. This will stop further applications.
Delete a Job: If you want to remove a job from the website and from your Job Listings, click the cross X icon in the Manage column in My Job Listings.
Go to your Dashboard, then Jobs and Talent and then select My Job Listings. This will display ALL of the jobs you have posted on the website.
Go to the column called: Manage, select the Edit job icon (looks like a pencil). This will open the edit page and you can adjust according to your needs. Once you are ready click Save and you are done. As long as the Job was still live on the website theres no need to re-publish as changes you make will show up the moment you save job.
If not, you must change the expiry date BEFORE you republish, otherwise the ad will go live and display the original deadline date. To do this click the Pencil icon in the Manage column in My Job Listings.
On the far right you will see a column called: Manage, selecect the pencil icon to edit the vacancy, make any changes you feel are needed, but don't forget to change the Application Deadline, save the job and then click re-publish and you are done.
Questions and Amswers for anyone placing a FREE Event or related Service on our Events pages
It is ideal for anyone who runs service aimed at Presenters or Voices, so if you run presenter training you can list your training days, or maybe you are a photographer offering a special deal for head shots? Or maybe you offer CV writing, Etc. Etc. ALL postings are FREE and there is no charge to list on our events page.
Yes its totally free, and is an ideal platform if your target market is Presenters and voices. The talent on Presenter Promotions is keen and enthusiastic and receptive to all things that can help them in their career. So if you offer something that they might like - post it on here today!
It’s very easy, simply click on EVENTS on the top menu, and select SUBMIT EVENT OR click on the Add an Event button on the main page, which will bring up a form to complete.
See this step by step help guide, it should answer most of your questions.