The Digital Actor—Self-Taping Demystified

Today’s technology has created tremendous opportunity for actors in the form of self-taped video auditions, which allow you to be considered for parts even when you can’t make it to the casting director’s studio.

But not all self-taped auditions are created equal, and a mistake—like poor lighting, bad sound, or a distracting off-camera reader—could cost you a role.

This one-day workshop will help you understand the acting—and technical—skills that go into an effective self-tape. It will include tips for presenting yourself well on camera, plus the technical steps to get your audition submitted. You’ll get instruction on shooting, exporting, editing and uploading audition video, so yours will be professional and memorable.

The workshop will be team-taught by Randy Kovitz and Deborah Hosking. Randy is a working actor who regularly books jobs in New York and Los Angeles via self-tape. Deborah is an editor-videographer with years of experience taping actors’ auditions and creating highlight reels.

Children ages 12-17 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Topics covered will include:

Video image quality
Trimming your video
Resolution and size of your file
Delivery options
And more!

How to sign up:

Date: Monday, Feb. 4
Time: 7PM – 10PM
Cost: $100 (children may attend with parents for $125)
Location: Mosser Casting—3583 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


“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, 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)