Tips for self taping

Auditioning via self tape can seem a bit strange if you have never done it before. This list of tips should help to answer some of your questions about self taping for ACT.

  • Say your name and the character(s) that you are auditioning for at the start of the video. This helps us to keep track of who is auditioning for which characters and also helps the director to put a name to a face.
  • Face the camera.
  • Keep it simple. The idea of a self tape is to show us that you can act. You don’t need to do any editing or try to source a complete costume or props as these will not be factored in when considering you for a role.
  • It is advisable to have someone ‘read in’ any lines that are spoken by other characters. This will give you someone to react to.
  • Neither you nor your ‘reader’ need to read out the stage directions.
  • If you want to, you can tape yourself playing the same character in the same scene differently if you have multiple ideas for the role but please limit duplicate auditions to a maximum of two.
  • Please name the clips with your name and which character you are auditioning for.
  • Once you have completed the tape there are multiple ways to get it to us. YouTube (set to unlisted visibility), Dropbox or WeTransfer are all good options and should provide you with a link that you can email to us.

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