The current public health situation has made self-taped auditions a vital part of the film, TV, and commercial casting process. If you audition for anything this year, chances are that you’ll be required to film yourself at home and submit that video for consideration.
The good news is that self-taping gives you additional control over the audition that producers will see.
The bad news is that self-taping includes additional pitfalls that can detract from your performance. This is especially true for folks somewhat intimidated by technology.
This four-session class will outline the acting and technical skills needed to make a quality self-taped audition. As part of the class, you will shoot and upload auditions using real TV and film scripts, get feedback on all aspects, and polish your skills to make your self-tapes professional and memorable. One session will feature casting director Nancy Mosser (IMDb) sharing her knowledge and advice.
Topics will include:
-Presenting yourself on camera
-Using a Reader
-Sound (don’t underestimate how important this is)
-From phone to delivery: Working with large video files
-Video formats and codecs
Fittingly, this class will be taught online via Zoom. Each session will be recorded and available for students to view between sessions. You will also receive a digital handout with loads of valuable information and links.
The class will be team-taught by Randy Kovitz (IMDb) and Deborah Hosking. Randy is a working actor, director and filmmaker. He books acting jobs regularly in New York and Los Angeles via video audition, and has helped other actors do the same. He teaches Acting for the Camera for the Carnegie Mellon University school of drama.
Deborah is an editor-videographer, filmmaker and teacher, with years of experience taping actors’ auditions and creating highlight reels.
HOW TO SIGN UP
Cost: $250.00 (maximum 20 students)
Dates: Tuesdays – July 21, 28, Aug. 4, & 11
Time: 7 pm EDT
What you will need:
-A smart phone or digital camera
-A tripod (with a phone clip, if you are shooting with your phone)
-Quicktime video (free download)
“This class has been a real delight and learning experience and I thank you for every moment. I’m encouraged that self-taping ISN’T something I have to hate AND I can be more myself than I thought I ever could. Thank you for your patience, wonderful feedback, and expertise.”
— Jamie Agnello
“I truly appreciate all your help, patience and encouragement. I have computer anxiety and you got me past a big hurdle.”
— Anne Landay
“Randy Kovitz is a master on-camera teacher and his guidance, both technically and artistically, has helped me book several difficult jobs through self-tape audition submissions.”
– Cotter Smith, (Mindhunter series regular, veteran actor)
“Randy Kovitz possesses the unique qualities that make a top-notch expert in self-taping: He is a brilliant actor and he is in command of all the technical aspects of putting together a successful taped audition. I know because he taped me and I booked a job! Couldn’t recommend a better person for this very important aspect of our industry.” – Andrew Polk (House of Cards, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Broadway’s The Band’s Visit)
“I booked a co-starring role on Public Morals as a result of our self tape. No further auditions were required. The self tape was it. And this is rare. It was a brand new series that aired on TNT for one season. Critically praised. Edward Burns was the director, and Steven Spielberg was the executive producer.”
– Ciarin Byrne
“Randy’s taping and camera work was instrumental in my getting cast in The Winters Tale at The Folger Theatre in DC. His expertise in filming/editing/guidance for actors on self-taping is remarkable. I could not recommend him more highly.”
– David Whalen (Stage and film actor)
Disclaimer: This class is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the class is over, the person teaching this class, nor anyone at Nancy Mosser Casting, will be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. Please note that the person teaching this class is not a casting director and is not involved with the casting process at our company.