We often ask actors to submit a self-tape and have complied the following tips and tricks to ensure you submit a decent one.
Twins/triplets should always record together where possible!
Rarely these will replace an actual audition but may help a Casting Director decide to meet with you and keep you in the running.
…self-taping can also help you prepare for a face-to-face audition – there’s no better way for you to judge your own on-camera audition technique than to watch it back[Puro Casting]
- Smartphone technology has come a long way and is more than adequate for this purpose. However, make sure the phone is placed on a steady surface or tripod – never handheld – and used in landscape mode.
- Choose your location and check your lighting in a test shoot. Preferably no distractions surrounding you or the viewer; a quiet, plain and closed room in your house will suffice.
- Ensure your head and shoulders are framed nicely and the camera is stable and at eye level. Don’t fidget or wave your arms about.
- Be prepared and be off-book (no paper in sight). Learn your lines, dress appropriately, avoid props.
- Begin by introducing yourself and stating who your agent is (“TV Twins”), name of the role and project you are auditioning for.
- Submit only your best *one* take – we don’t have time to view all and decide for you! But you can send a separate slate or ident.
Ultimately, what you are after is one decent interpretation of the role from start to finish in one unbroken take. Just one – not lots of different versions, and not cut together from a variety of takes[Puro Casting]
- Please trim anything non relevant, such as you moving around at the beginning/end to operate the camera.
- Do not include any personal contact details or reference to other agents. Just your name and TV Twins, and (if relevant) our email address (email@example.com).
- Use ‘medium’ settings to save the file and label with the character you are playing and your name. Please title appropriately, e.g. “character-your_name”, or as specified in the brief.
- Upload directly from your smartphone to Vimeo (with the ability to download enabled), or use a service like Dropbox, We Transfer, You Send It or Mail Big File to send exported files to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t use showreel material in place of a self-tape, but they are a useful addition. Your showreels should only consist of clips from your films and TV productions. Do not use personally manufactured scenes[Ros Hubbard]
Now practice by recording an intro to yourselves…