Self Taping

Chelsea's Choice #5

Last week’s blog was primarily based around Video ID’s. This week I will be talking about the next step to being successfully cast.

Self Tapes.

A lot of the time you will be asked to do a Self Tape, especially if the central casting takes place in a faraway place - such as Sydney from the Gold Coast, or even America.

If you want to pursue an acting career, you most definitely will find yourself doing plenty of Self Tapes.

Much like the Video ID, a Self Tape is rather simple.

The casting director will send a brief to your agent, and along with the brief - a script for you to learn.

It is crucial that you learn your lines off by heart. Unlike America (where you can hold your script in hand in a Self Tape and Casting) it is highly recommended here in Australia that you do not keep your script in hand.

If you get the role, you will have to learn the lines off by heart anyway.

Why not learn them now?

Once you have learnt your lines, it is vital that you have a proper place to film. Somewhere indoors is recommended, unless there is no wind or blotchy weather outside.

Like the Video ID, you should film against a blank wall, or a simple looking surface (like a panelled wood wall, etc).

The point is to have all the focus on you and your acting, rather than having a bright patterned wall to distract the audience watching.

You also need to make sure that you can be heard. If you cannot be heard the Self Tape is useless and the casting director won’t even bother watching to the end.

It is also imperative that you film your Self Tape horizontally and not vertically. There have been cases where the casting director clicked away and didn’t even bother watching a Self Tape because it was filmed incorrectly.

The last thing you need to worry about is the steadiness of your camera. Try to keep it as steady as possible.

Thanks for reading!

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