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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I self-tape?

   A: There are 4 steps to self-taping:   

Video - Audio - Content - Tech Specs

 VIDEO 

  • Shoot video HORIZONTALLY
     
  • Use a plain, neutral wall, and NEVER handheld (tripods are best) 
     
  • Make sure you’re well lit (natural light works well!) 
     
  • Frame yourself in a medium close up shot (mid-chest, up) if not moving; medium shot (waist up) if your audition requires some movement 

AUDIO  

  • Ensure you’re in a quiet area  
  • You MUST have a reader, and they MUST be quieter than you.  
  • CHECK YOUR AUDIO (and video). Record a few seconds and double-check all sounds/looks good before proceeding. 

CONTENT  

  • NEVER look into the camera; always direct your dialogue to the reader (slightly left or right of the camera – the reader should NEVER be seen).  
  • Slate your name, agency, city (and age, if a minor), unless otherwise noted, before beginning and follow by a full body shot  
  • You may submit 2 takes of the scene, but you must submit 2 takes if the piece is 5 lines or less. 

TECH SPECS   

  • Export as one file (unless reading for multiple roles). Each file should contain your slate and up to two takes.   
  • Make sure the file is downloadable and send via WeTransfer or Dropbox (Files sent via YouTube or Vimeo will not be accepted) 
  • Label the file: First Name, Last Name, ROLE   
  • Always watch back before sending!  

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