Let’s face it. Self taping is the new audition technique. No matter how good you might be in person, on stage, or reading in front of a casting director or producer, let’s be honest, the gateway is a self tape. That is the new game. It can sometimes book you the job without even going in, or get you an audition on Zoom or in person.
Self tape is the current audition technique that each actor must ace.
It is the new way to get a casting director to see your work. It needs to be great. I’m not going to talk about the production values here, that also needs to be great. However, that’s another topic for another time.
I’m talking about the work. Being present, looking spontaneous, natural, and unpredictable. How do we do that in acting? Whether you’re working on stage, film, television, or a reading, you do it by being present with your partner, and working off your partner moment to moment. That is how chemistry is created. The difference is you have an actor to see, hear, and work off of. Not so with self tapes.
This is what you need to understand and grasp with self tape auditions.
A self tape audition requires more imagination than what you are normally used to.
Think about it. In a self-tape, you have to use your imagination to see the other character and hear them as if you are hearing them for the first time. When you work off an actor, you’re looking at them, you know the lines they are going to say, but if you’re good at moment-to-moment work and improvising in the moment, you will have to listen, watch and react. That is what you do, you do this automatically, as you are a trained actor. In self tapes, you have to use your imagination and yes, work a little harder with your imagination to create seeing them, hearing them, as well as seeing their reaction to you. And you have to do that without it looking like you’re acting.
I look at hundreds of self tapes in my work. No matter how good you are, if you look like you’re acting alone, you lose. You have to react to your partner, and your partner to you, and create their voice to be fresh and spontaneous. This has to come from your imagination.
That is the difference between a regular audition and a self tape.
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