Nail Your Next Self-Tape Audition with our Top Tips
Auditioning can be a stressful experience, especially if you’re new to the acting world. The good news? It doesn’t always have to be! Our very own in-house Digital Videographer and taping expert, Trevar Fox, shared his top tips when it comes to nailing your next self tape audition. Take a look:
1. Don’t rehearse your lines with inflection.
One of the most common mistakes actors make is to memorize their lines with inflection while learning their scene. If the inflection is locked in, it zaps the scene of its spontaneity and makes it more difficult to make changes on the go in the casting room or on set. One way to avoid this problem is to say your lines very slowly without emotion when learning them. Our tip: when learning your lines, say them like a robot.
When filming, don’t be afraid to keep your sides in your hand. It is very common for actors to drop a line while on camera or in the casting room. If this happens, the simplest fix is to drop your eyes, pick up the lost line, bring your eyes back up, and deliver it.
3. What to wear?
In terms of attire, the blanket rule is not to wear white, though there are some exceptions. Educate yourself on what is best for the studio and the role you are taping for. For example, at Casting Workbook’s Vancouver studio, the background is light grey, so wearing darker high contrast colours looks better than beiges or light colours.
4. It’s all in your eyes.
Your eyes should be visible and reflecting the light in your self tape. An easy trick for this is to align the camera lens with the eye level of the reader. That way, when you are looking at your reader, the camera can see your eyes.
5. Be still.
When making a self tape for submission, stillness is king. It is not a finished scene and should be treated as such. Instead of overworking the scene by sitting, standing and/or doing an activity, focus on emoting, timing and delivery.
6. Resist the urge to overwork the scene.
In the studio, it’s a common temptation to work it until it’s “perfect”. While practicing at home is very useful, you usually won’t need too many takes in the studio. By the 10th take, most scenes lose their originality and rawness that casting directors like to see. Plus you could end up going over your maximum time and paying more for studio time.
There you have it! With Trevar’s tips, you’re well on your way to acing your next audition. If you’re still looking for some help, check out our Do’s and Don’ts of Self Tapes from Casting Directors. And of course, we’re always here to help. Connect with us on Twitter (@castingworkbook) or reach out to us on Facebook.