Creating a GREAT Self-Tape

actors audition self-tape Sep 30, 2020

Self-Tapes can be really scary if you're unprepared, or you don't know what you're doing.

It's even more vital to know how to self-tape today because everything is happening online. Self-Tapes are taking over the casting game, and I want to make sure you're prepared! 

Here are some important tips to make sure your self-tapes are really strong. 

Have a designated space

Having a self-tape set-up that is always ready to go takes away the worry of figuring out how to shoot, and means you're always ready to go at a moment's notice. 

If you can have all of your equipment set up in this space at all times, even better! If you can't do this, make sure you can set up quickly and easily.

Your space should have good lighting (if you can set up in front of a window, awesome!). Natural lighting will always look best on camera, but if you invest in good lighting that works too!

Have a neutral backdrop so all the focus is on you, and not on your cluttered bedroom! A blank wall works...

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Stop Proving Yourself, Actors!​​​​​

actors advice mindset tips Jun 15, 2020
As we approach a possible restart of our industry,  I want to take a hot second to talk about the problem that plagues actors (and would-be actors) all around the globe: the idea that we have to somehow 'prove ourselves' in order to succeed.
 
This idea is nothing new. Quick cut to Shakespeare's players delivering soliloquies amidst the barrage of tomatoes being thrown at their heads.
 
Since these early days, we as actors have subscribed to this notion, and mistaken belief, that we are somehow 'less than' and that we have to prove our worth and value on stage, in rehearsal, on set, in the audition room, at the Thanksgiving dinner table to drunk uncle Pete...you get the idea.
 
"But Tony" you say, "What about auditions? An audition is a chance to prove yourself, is it not?"
 
Let's be very clear. An audition is not about proving yourself. You are already proven or you would not be called into this room amongst a select few.
 
An audition...
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