WANT TO ROCK YOUR SELF-TAPE AUDITION?

Here's a checklist for what to do and links to some equipment other actors have found useful.
Lighting & Sound Set-Up
  • Am I in a space that doesn’t echo?
  • Am I lit well?
  • Can the reader be heard at the same level as me?
  • Is my background at all distracting? (Plain blue, white or grey preferable)
  • Is there anything else I can do to make the set up flatter and focus me better?
CAMERA SET-UP
  • Did I review and follow any shooting instructions from the casting director?
  • Did I set my phone to record in high resolution?
  • Am I shooting in landscape mode?
  • Am I centered in the frame?
  • Am I the right distance away from the camera? (We should see you either waist up or chest up)
  • Is the camera height set at my eye level?
  • Is my eyeline to my reader set at the right place?
  • Did I run a test and make sure everything works?
  • Am I relaxed about the equipment enough to give a great performance? (If not, take a breather!)
SENDING THE FILE
  • Did I review and follow any delivery instructions from the casting director?
  • Did I watch my take and make sure it looks and sounds good?
  • Did I name the video file with my name and role?
  • Did I send it in a readable format (.mp4 or .mov are best)
  • If sending via Vimeo, did I make sure the “Download” option is checked in the video settings?
EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Here are some recommendations that some actors have found worked for their in-home set up. This set up is geared for those recording on their mobile phones.

SOUND

LIGHTS

BACKDROP & STANDS

EDITING

Editing may not be necessary if the sound quality is good. But if you are tech savvy, here are two FREE editing programs that will allow you to adjust the sound:


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Actors' Equity made a great instruction sheet for how to set high resolution on various phones + how to send videos in various programs. Check out the link for lots of useful and supportive information:

And here's a video we pulled from YouTube with more tips to get you comfortable with lighting equipment: