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...
When we don't prepare for an audition that's when self doubt starts to creep in, nerves show up, and we don't present our best selves.
The challenge for most actors is "What is the preparation work?" The important thing here is to develop a system that works for you, and stick to it.
1. Do not perform your script when you first get it.
Approach your script as an investigator. Read through it (in your head) as an audience member and start to highlight some important points of the story. Then, read through the script a second time, and write down any important things you might have missed. Then, you'll want to read it a THIRD time from a director's point of view. Really pick up on all the details as well as the bigger picture. Try to stay disciplined and go through the steps one by one.
2. Do not daydream as if you have already gotten the role.
This puts your focus inwards. When you go into an audition, you want your focus to be on the story,...