Self-taping can be a great way to be considered for a role that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to audition for. Whether you’re out of town, on location working, or the casting director simply has no time to see you. Sadly, many of the self-tapes that I have seen are unusable due to simple mistakes that can (for the most part) be easily fixed.
1. Watch your audition before you send it!! Think of yourself as the producer who is watching and imagining you on their TV show or in their film. Ask yourself "is this the ballpark the client is aiming for?". Many submissions are made nowadays on iPhone mobiles and although you won't have professional lighting in a professional studio, you should try to make it look as good as possible.
2. Do a test shot to see how you look.
- Do not sit too close to the recording device, your face looks slightly distorted.
- Frame yourself from your hips/waist up if it’s a comedy and a bit closer (from your waist/top-ribs up) if it’s a drama.
- The frame of your face should ideally sit at or near the top of your crown.
- Try to give us a straight-on image, not angled up or angled down. If someone else is manning the camera, this will be much easier, but do the best that you can.
- Give us one standing full-body (or as much of yourself as you can get in there) shot and tell us your height.
- Introduce yourself by full name, country of location, agency information and measurements.
- if you speak multiple languages state those and demonstrate a sentence or two.
3. Please try to avoid reading with yourself, ask a friend to be off screen and reciting the other roles - or if you cannot find a friend to volunteer record the other roles so that you are engaged in a conversation- it looks less weird!
5. Do various takes If you’re uncertain about the tone of a scene,try a few options, variety of the scene and its interpretation can be added to the screen test but have the best one first.
6. Your reading should be so honest that we feel like voyeurs watching you. Keep your volume in the correct, organic place for the space and the scene. It shouldn’t seem like you’re “performing” for us, except in the rare case where that’s what’s required.
Self taping is a way of the future with more actors get jobs through self-taping these days than ever before...take the time to do it the right way and hopefully you’ll be one of them! if you need to get some great self tapes made contact
Casting Company: Trikat Casting Casting
Director(s): Patricia Collins Casting
9A Cavehill Industrial Gardens Estate
Casting Director Phone Number +61410237963
Casting Director Email Address : [email protected]