Arguably, one of the most difficult parts of self-taping is choosing which take(s) to send to Casting. Which is the best take? Should I send more than one to show my range? This one has a great beginning but this one has a great moment in the middle, and this one shows I can do […]
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You’re laser-focused on getting your acting career off the ground: kudos to you and your hard work! However, remaining singly focused on acting can easily lead to one or more of the following issues: 1. If you’re not seeing a pay-off, you’ll go slightly crazy with frustration. 2. You could alienate your friends and/or family […]
“What’s your biggest pet peeve?” I’ve been asked this question HUNDREDS of times. Every Casting Director you meet will likely have a unique answer. For me, the worst thing an actor can do is come in unprepared. Let me clarify: I’m not speaking to your memorization skills. Do I want you to be off-book so […]
Finally, let’s talk about your self-tape frame and aspect ratio. Here’s the good news: this is the EASIEST self-taping technical aspect to nail. Minor adjustments will get you exactly where you need. COMMON SELF-TAPE FRAME ISSUES: 1. Your frame is too wide. We can hardly see your face and hence, miss all of your subtleties […]
Bad sound is frustrating. Think of all of those times when you couldn’t hear someone speak clearly; did it make you want to give up on listening and walk away? If the sound on your self-tape isn’t up-to-par, it’s easy to become annoyed and stop watching. If you pay a bit of extra attention to […]
Two of the most important technical elements to your self-tape are lighting and sound. If Casting can’t see or hear you, then the entire endeavor is moot. Lighting can be unbelievably tricky. Until you find a set-up that works, this is one aspect of self-taping that can truly drive you crazy. COMMON SELF-TAPE LIGHTING ISSUES: […]
When self-taping, BACKGROUND / BACKDROPS are the easiest technical aspect to figure out, but also the simplest thing to mess up. As you saw from my previous post, in our office, we like to use a bright blue backdrop for our auditions. It’s a fairly standard color for Casting – pretty much everyone, no matter […]
Actors know: self-tape auditions can be a blessing and a curse. On the plus side: self-taping provides so much flexibility, (auditioning at midnight, after your shift is over and the kids have gone to bed? Hallelujah!) It alleviates some audition anxiety, (no intimidating waiting room stares,) and allows you to really take some time with […]
Welcome to the inaugural [Erica S.] Bream Blog-post! Finally a place where I can give use more than 140 characters! (Massive relief. Brevity is DIFFICULT.) I’ll be blogging (and tweeting!) about audition tips and tricks for actors, as well as general advice and anecdotes derived from years of casting. Stay tuned! xx Erica