True Hollywood Story

Extra Action, Extra Adventure, Extra Glamour and Extra Mystery the  EXTRAS  ALERTS  True Hollywood Story has none of those exciting things, only background casting data made in Hollywood.

Hello Background Actors, I am Chris Bond and this is  EXTRAS  ALERTS  my solution to a uniquely complex problem and here is a simplified summary, not the whole story and not technical, just a very short briefing of why  EXTRAS  ALERTS.

Some years ago my wife started doing background work, it was about the same time the casting companies started posting more and more casting notices on social media. Without a doubt constantly checking social media posts was better than constantly calling voice message lines but this was still far from perfect. The actual user experience went something like this,

“Every time the phone made noise my wife would have to immediately check it and the vast majority of the time the casting notices did not even come close to matching her, making the whole process a frustrating waste of time more often than not.”

However, if the casting notice chaos on social media could be brought under control then any background actor could easily find work.

I created the first version of  EXTRAS  ALERTS  to match background casting notices found on social media to my wife’s union status, gender, portray-able ethnicity and email her the information, saving the time and frustration of dealing with so many casting notices that did not match her.

EXTRAS  ALERTS  worked so well that my wife’s friends started asking to use it and soon their friends where asking too.

There was a definite need for  EXTRAS  ALERTS  among background actors. Therefore, I expanded the system with more servers, programming and eventually growing into a  BETA  test open to all background actors.

I conducted the  BETA  test for twenty two months to prove  EXTRAS  ALERTS  as a solid solution for a large, diverse user base and by the end of the BETA test  EXTRAS  ALERTS  was making it much easier for thousands of background actors to find work every day.

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