About Self-Taping

After taking an acting class, I was given the opportunity to audition for a big movie that was being filmed in California. Obviously, I wasn’t going to hop on a plane to audition for the role (although, I was opened minded to it), but they wanted me to submit a taped audition.

I’ve heard of self-taped auditions before, but have never done one prior to this. With our world constantly changing, there are new ways to audition. I’ve heard of people auditioning through Skype or self-taping, but it gives actors an opportunity to audition for out of state projects without actually being there. But if you don’t know what to do or have a camera, like I did, you may get stuck.

I try to be resourceful, but the clock was ticking and I needed to get this submission in as quickly as possibly. I reached out to three resources: two previous acting coaches, and the Vagabond School of Arts where I recently had a class at. All three of them responded and were willing to help me out and film me, but due to scheduling, I ended up going with one of my acting coaches.

The session was great! Even though we were taping my audition, I came in ready and prepared. Since my coach worked with me before, she knows my strengths and weaknesses so we were able to move along quickly. I delivered my lines, and we did a few more takes to give it a different read and that was that! She emailed me the footage and I sent it to the casting people!

A few weeks later, I was asked to self-tape an audition for a commercial for a school out in Indiana. But instead of asking my coach to help me out, I decided to go the store, buy my own camera and gear, and tape the audition myself. Yeah, it was out of the blue and I hadn’t planned on it, but I feel like it’s a good investment. The need for more and more self-taped auditions is becoming the “in” thing and I want to be prepared for the future.

When I got home, I played with the camera, set it up, and found the best angle in my house to shoot. The cool thing about taping yourself is that I was able to tape myself, review the footage, and reshoot it over if there was something about it I didn’t like. I was at my own place and on my own time which made for a very relaxing atmosphere. Above all, I felt very strong about the submissions that I made for the project and I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to do something new. At the very least, I’ll definitely feel more prepared when making my next self-taped audition.

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