Self-Tape Audition Tips and Tricks

Congratulations! You’ve got an audition! Now it’s time to focus.

So you booked an audition. Congrats! Despite the obvious excitement, this is actually a time when it’s easy to feel nervous or anxious. While casting directors and producers won’t say if your skills made the cut, they may indicate that they want to see more by having you come back for another audition. Here are 10 tips from an experienced casting director to help you nail your next audition!

We’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you focus on your audition and communicate your talent with ease.

  1. Self-tapes are not the time to be creative. Casting directors see hundreds of self-tapes and they’ll notice if yours is not meeting their requested standards. Make sure your picture is in focus and that your lighting, wardrobe, and overall attitude are professional. Make sure you can be easily heard by the camera, as well as, read your lines off the page in front of you.
  2. Your first step is to research the organization you are going to be auditioning for. Find out practical information like what time the auditions start, whether there is an age limit and how often they would like you to submit an audition. A really great way to do this is by talking to people who have already auditioned for them; get their opinion too.
  3. The video you make to send along with your application should be between 2 and 2 ½ minutes in length. That might seem like a short period of time, but when thinking about what you’re going to cover, it will feel like an eternity.
  4. Now that we’ve gotten the technical details finalized, let’s dive into how you can create the right video for your audience. Remember, videos aren’t just another tactic. They are part of an overarching content strategy. Therefore, when creating your video, ask yourself, “How does this video relate to my larger content strategy? What do I want to accomplish with this video? And how can I translate that into a meaningful video?–
  5. Lighting is probably the most important consideration when filming a video. If you do it wrong, the whole thing looks cheap and amateur. But following just a few simple rules, and you can have good exposures that go from lukewarm to hot. 
  6. Professional actors pay attention to detail. They know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate clothing. They know the shows they’re doing. So, when you go to dress for an audition, make sure you’re wearing clothes appropriate for the scene you’re going to be in and the environment you’ll be in.Also, keep in mind the angle from which you’re shooting. If you’re playing a villain, for example, it might be important that you’re pulling a mean face. So, make sure your clothes make you look friendly and inviting.
  7. Turn your humble home videos into engaging and professional-looking films with these film editing services.
  8. Though self tapes may not seem like “real” auditions, most directors will have a positive reaction to a strong audition. They won’t necessarily be blown away, but they won’t feel like you phoned it in. And if the casting director knows you or has an interest in your tape, they may even want to see more good work from you.
  9. It is important not to rush your audition. You need to be aware that by rushing you are also likely to make mistemp­ers and this will negatively affect your chances of being accepted for a part.
  10. Having an early self-tapes is extremely helpful in showing potential employers something of value — even if that something is just a quick pic or an idea you’ve had for a while. Most casting directors are using some type of software or app these days, and if they aren’t they’re at least looking at ways to improve their efficiency with video interviews. Building trust with your potential new employers will go a long way toward making your employment experience worthwhile.

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