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  • I HATE SELF TAPES 05/20/2018  12:06pm

    This may be an unpopular opinion, but I HATE them.

    I completely understand why they're so practical but I LIKE to go in and connect with the casting director. When I self tape the energy in my apartment is so dead and flat and confined whereas when I go into an audition room I get a rush. Not to mention that I end up doing it so many times because I always feel that it could be better.

    I feel like there's a little bit of wiggle room in an actual audition because they know that you just walked in and threw it out there, whereas with a tape, you CHOSE to send that take in, you decided that that was your best work and sent it to them.

    Anyway, the point is that I hate them, and the majority of on-camera auditions are on tape now so, UGH.


    PREACH. No matter what medium it’s for, they just feel odd and almost contrived/by rote becasue you’re “performing” for a CAMERA.
    Granted at least for screen work, this can make some sense, since it’s for TV/film after all, but for theatre...I HATE THEM EVEN MORE. It’s mixing two completely different mediums and having to scale down my theatre sides to put on a self tape is just odd and feels awkward in every way, and I always feel like I suck...

    Showbizdreamer 05/20/2018  12:15pm

    Unless it's physically impossible for a CD to meet you personally, this is the laziest, most contemptible way of soliciting actors for work. One has to be Kubrick filming Olivier directed by Sir Peter Hall to get noticed, and that's having to wear too many hats.

    Ron Gielgud 05/20/2018  9:46pm

    AGREED. Going through this right now and just got the line from the cd "doesn't need to be fancy, film it on your computer in your apt., whatever works" Like, why don't I just film inside of a jet engine? That's just about as quiet and probably has more space/better lighting. :)

    Yeah, I hate them.

    basden 05/21/2018  4:26pm

    I say it all the time and nobody around me ever feels my pain.... I am with you 1000%! I'm trying to learn to enjoy them and treat them as if its an actual performance that I'm actually being filmed and enjoying the creation of the character.Still is do inconvenient at the same time nobody wants to help record or run lines and if they are they aren't available at the time you need them ... overall it SUCKS!!!

    AnExtraordinaryLife 05/21/2018  6:23pm

    I know this may not be well-received but I am trying to actually spin this into a positive...

    I love self tapes and I have booked several gigs from them. While they require MORE work and you often feel they aren't looked at, it actually gives us the chance to present our best take. I won't do them for ANY audition, just the ones I am really right for.

    andmine'scosette 05/21/2018  6:59pm

    honestly, it's totally a practice thing. just like it takes time to learn how to audition in general, self taping is a skill set unto itself. i used to hate putting myself on tape too, but once i'd done enough of them, and found great people to tape with, i realized they are literally MILES easier than going into an office. one of the biggest advantages to self taping is that you are in control! you don't have to worry about a grumpy CD, or an incompetent reader, or with the other nervous as fuck actors in the waiting room. i find it's a lot easier for me to get a great take because i'm filming on my own timeline and the margin for exploration/failure is much wider since i'm not right in front of casting. i'm not trying to invalidate the frustrations that have been voiced here (i really get them) but once you get the hang of them, self tapes rock.

    beyoncetrolls 05/23/2018  10:22am

    UGH. I hate taping. My neuroses kick into high gear and nothing ever looks/sounds/feels like it's good enough to show. Just let me come into a room with people and be a human telling a story.

    JCrewGinghamShirt 05/23/2018  12:33pm