How to credit someone else on a project you added (and why you should)

Once you’ve created a project, you can credit another person on that project then invite them to confirm their place on the team. You can do this whether the person in question currently has a Cahootify account or not. This benefits your colleague by offering them an effortless way to increase their exposure and it benefits you by providing everyone with another pathway to discovering you (i.e. via your colleague once they’ve joined).

To get started, go through to the project detail page and click on the “Credit team member” link at the top of the section titled “Credits”. (For projects still in progress the link is labeled “I’m working on this project” and the list is titled “On board”. For mobile screen sizes there’s just a plus button.)

The first thing you’re asked to do is type the name of the person you wish to credit then click/tap on the “Search” button. If Cahootify recognises the name then that person’s (or company’s) profile will be offered to you as an option.

If you recognise a profile presented to you, click/tap on the “This is my team member” button.

If no profiles are presented, or you don’t recognise those that are, enter the person’s name and email address at the base of the form then click/tap on the button labeled “Next -> Create invitation”.

Whether you’ve just selected an existing Cahootify subscriber or you’re in the process of inviting someone new, you’ll next be presented with a form that allows you to complete the invitation. Make sure you add at least one role tag for the role this person delivered on the project. You can then either just click/tap the button labeled “Send invitation” or you can first add your own personal note. (If the person you’re inviting isn’t yet a Cahootify subscriber, we advise you to add a note so that they know they’re not being spammed by some unknown company.) You can preview your invitation message before continuing.

As soon as you’ve clicked/tapped the “Send invitation” button…

  1. Your colleague will be shown in a “provisional” format on the team list. If they’re already a Cahootify subscriber their profile will be shown as normal but with the word “UNCONFIRMED” next to their name. If you’re inviting someone new they’ll be shown greyed out, with no photo, and with the word “UNCLAIMED” next to their name.

  1. Cahootify will mail out an invitation to your colleague that looks something like this (with the addition of your personal note if you’ve added one)…

  1. When your colleague clicks on the link in that email, they’ll be taken directly to the project detail page where they’ll be able to either confirm their place (we hope!) or if they prefer, decline to be shown:

On confirming the credit, their team listing goes technicolor and the project is added to their profile portfolio. Those accepting a Cahootify invitation for the first time will immediately have a profile with just your project on it – a profile they can then expand on if they wish. (In the unlikely event that they decline your credit, they’ll simply disappear from the team list.)

For colleagues that are already Cahootify subscribers, if they don’t notice or respond to the invitation email, they’ll still see your project labeled as “Unconfirmed” on their own profile (only they can see this) until they link through to the project and either accept or decline the credit.

Cahootify Credits and “Automagic” Project Versions

Cahootify is structured like IMDb in that multiple people – cast and crew – can be credited on a project. However, it’s much better than IMDb (though we say so ourselves…) in that each person or company on a project can then create their own version of that project – one where all the info is completely unique to them. This happens “automagically” without anyone even needing to think about it.

This means that, for example, if you’ve worked with a team of people on a series of projects, only one of you has to create each project and you can all easily have profiles that look fantastic. If you wish, you can then further tailor the project info in your own portfolio without impacting anyone else.

I’ve just explained how to credit someone else on your project. Link through for:

  1. How to credit yourself on someone else’s project (and why that’s OK).
  2. Project versioning described in a little more detail.

All support documentation…

Introducing major new features for actors!

We’ve just introduced a range of enhancements for actors and performers.

The first follows on from our recent article introducing supertags. If, when adding or editing a role tag, you enter “Actor” then an extra set of fields will appear to ask for your key vital statistics. (This also works for “Actress”, “Model”, “Dancer”, “Extra” and a wide range of other performer tags – let us know if it doesn’t work for a tag you want to enter and we’ll add that for you!)

These vital statistics then appear in the “More information” section of your profile. They also appear if someone clicks/taps on the role tag itself.

Not available at time of writing but coming soon, we’ll be introducing enhancements to the profile search page that allow for the filtering of profiles by these new “performer vital statistics”. Here’s a sneak preview of what we’re working on:

Finally, you can now credit the part you played on a project (e.g. “Desdemona”), not just the role tag (e.g. “Actor”). Again this works for the full range of performer role tags.

This “part played” then appears in your project portfolio as well as in the list of credits on the project detail page.

More articles about role tags…
All support documentation…

Introducing CAHOOTIFY supertags!

We’ve just introduced some enhancements to our “role tags”, which you create or edit from your “edit profile” form.

Role tags are no longer just a simple list of terms – you can now enter further information on each role.

In particular, let me draw your attention to the “Career stage in this role” field. We introduced this because we found that, at both ends of the experience spectrum, people were uneasy with well-established professionals appearing alongside those that were just getting started. In particular, and to our initial surprise, many inexperienced people (e.g. first year students) felt embarrassed about stating, for example, that they were a “Director” when they’d only played that role on one student film.

It’s completely up to you where you want to pitch yourself – we know there are many highly experienced students!

More supertag enhancements for actors…
All articles about role tags…
All support documentation…