Check out the Advice page for tips from the Casting Directors
The self-taped electronic audition, asking the actor to tape themselves and send the audition electronically, has become the industry standard.
Even if you live in a major market
-video camera: pretty much any camera on the market will work, but don’t us a web cam. Your smart phone works just great! Just make sure your recording device has a function to transfer the tape either to your computer or our e-mail address.
Don’t try to hold it yourself use a stand or phone holder. Use someone else as your a camera man. Even the steadiest hands will jiggle a bit.
-background: use a solid color wall or a subtle background sheet. Don’t use black as it is to harsh. Stay away from crazy patterns. Pick colors that look with your skin tone. Make sure it does not look like you just pulled it off the bed. No wrinkles!! You don’t want to take the attention away from the actor. Again, this does not have to be a pro level backdrop – – a sheet will work just fine
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-lighting-lighting-lighting: unless your location has really great, natural light coming in from a window, you will need to make sure that the viewer can see your skin tones, hair, and eye color. It should light the face completely, but not wash out the features of the actor. Make sure that it is flattering and has depth. Overhead lighting is usually ugly. The ideal is 3-point lighting where on is overhead, and two lights are at 45 degree angles on each side. Google it: 3-point lighting technique.
-location, location, location: think studio quiet. No dogs, no airplanes, no telephone ringing, not doorbell ringing, and no children talking or crying in the background. Make sure that your voice is clear, and loud enough that the Casting Director understands the words…Clarity!! If possible natural lighting coming into the room.
-a reader: the person that reads the other lines off camera! They do not need to be an actor. Just feed you the words. They should not stand to close to the microphone as to have there voice record louder that the actor.
-eye contract: make sure you look directly into the camera when you slate, you do not need to stare, but connect. If you want to make a point by looking off or turning your head. When you record look past the camera but not directly into it. Go for it!
-formatting: you need plenty of storage to download your audition into an e-mail. You want to compress the video and keep the video under 300Mb.There are so many sources on the web, just do some research. Do not assume that the Casting Agent has a certain type of special application. Keep it simple. If the Casting Agent has to work at opening your audition, the will not. Don’t use programs that require them to sign up for download something extra. gain, they won’t!!
Your Actors Check List
…read all of the instructions concern your character and the scene.
…rehearse the scene and discuss the strongest parts. Try very hard not to over act, but become the character. It may require a few “takes” to feel like you got a good one. Do not do to many.
…start your audition with a “slate” (Hi, my name is James Johnson, and I’ll be reading the role of Luther. I am represented by Crawford Talent Management.
…shoot close enough that the viewer can see facial expressions and that they focus on your acting our the scene. Usually this means the actor’s chest to the top of their head are in the frame. Shoot a slight angle, with one shoulder forward. Most actors have a favorite side.
..name your finished product with the Name of the Project, and your role!
…send the video to us at email@example.com We will prep them with your media package and immediately make them available.
…if there is a problem with the submissions, we will contact you. All auditions are reviewed before they are submitted.