Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Tapes
A short while ago, Casting Workbook in Toronto did a survey with industry leading Casting Directors to find out their do’s and don’ts of self-tapes. Keep these helpful hints in mind when you’re putting yourself on tape.
Top 5 Do’s
1.) At the beginning of the tape, provide a full body shot and slate with name, agency, role and height.
2.) Shoot the scenes head to mid-chest, or even closer depending on content. (Never wider than waist up.)
3.) Get a good reader (preferably an actor) and make sure they aren’t too loud and that they don’t out-perform you. Many self-tapes are ruined by a bad reader.
4.) Know your lines/be well prepared.
5.) Keep your slate short. Don’t tell us more than we need to know.
Top 5 Don’ts
1.) Don’t chew gum!
2.) Don’t move around too much. Keep your feet on the mark.
3.) Don’t send more then 1 take of a scene (unless you are requested to do so).
4.) Don’t add unnecessary distractions. There’s no need for props, costumes or wigs.
5.) Don’t have distracting images on the wall behind you. Your backdrop should be a solid colour.