How to Self-Tape

How to Self Tape is a practical one day workshop designed to take the fear out of self-recording a video audition: teaching you the best techniques for lighting and sound, positioning the camera, 'topping and tailing' cuts, editing your footage and how to upload your audition material over the internet - all with your own technology and equipment. The workshop is suitable for all actors who want to give themselves the best possible chance of success from those who find technology more difficult to the more tech-savvy.
Completing this workshop will increase your chances of getting that film, TV, voice or corporate job, especially as more and more castings are through self-taping. It will give you a useful tool when applying for jobs in the USA; increased confidence in technology; plus a a step-by-step guide that you should be able to put into effect next time you have an audition to submit over the internet, ensuring you come across as relaxed, professional and as positive as you possibly can.

Together, we will look at video examples of what to do and what not to do when self-taping, at how to light your audition appropriately for the style that you are auditioning for, as well as the camera angles that work best for you - everyone is different and you will be amazed to see the difference a well-positioned light and camera can make to the quality of your performance. There will also be the opportunity to practise your ident and plenty of practicals to explore for yourself with your own device so do make sure you bring your smart phone/tablet/digital camera to the workshop to practise with.


Although you can ‘top and tail’ footage directly onto your smartphone, there will also be the opportunity to practise editing using imovie, helping you to make your self-tape look as professional as possible so that you can make a great impression. We’ll also learn how to export your self-tape and upload using: We Transfer, Dropbox and You Tube etc. They'll also be the opportunity to use voice recording devies such as GarageBand, voice memos or italk to send voice files - helpful for any voice over auditions that you have.


After the workshop, I will ask you to do a practice self-tape audition at home, using all the skills that you have learnt during the day, which you can then send to me for further feedback and advice.

This is a one day workshop, running from 10.30am - 6.30pm. There are two alternative venues: The Voice Zone Studio in Walton on Thames (max 6) or on Buckingham Palace Road in central London (max 10).

The cost is £75 in Walton on Thames, or £89 in London and includes: 7 hours of teaching, a step-by-step guide to self-taping that you can put into practise when you next audition and plenty of time to use your own technology.

Remember to bring a device you can record on to the workshop day so that you can work with the technology you're going to be using for your self-tapes - ideally a smartphone and laptop with the appropriate connector leads if you have them, or just a digital camera will do.

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