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LIGHTING: 

- Invest into 2 ring lights that plug directly into your smart device, camera or laptop 
- Make sure it comes with a tripod stand and cellphone holder 
- Get (2) 18" ring light and place them on each side in front of you
- Avoid getting the one that's too small as it will not be enough to light you up
- Purchase it for $70 each by clicking on this link here: https://amzn.to/3SoHvV4


BACKDROP:

- Grey backdrop is highly recommended, It’s good for photos and self tape.
- Backdrop should be wrinkle free or standing against solid color
- Background color should contrast with the color of your clothing so you can stand out
   Ex: if you have a white background, make sure that you are not wearing white clothing
- Backdrop should fill the entire frame and you do not see the edges in the video.
- Get the complete setup for $89 or less here: https://amzn.to/3SEYRfV


AUDIO:

- It is extremely important that we are able to hear you clearly.
- Film when it is quiet and make sure sound is not echoey.
- Purchase a wireless LAV mic here: https://amzn.to/3SiFMjY


Commercial self-tapes have a fast turnaround. Their main goal is to see what you currently look like. Take the opportunity to be genuine and show your personality – introduce yourself in a short and concise manner. Keep it conversational and let the casting directors get a sense of who you are. Remember to be inviting and share your relevant experiences to the role.

Theatrical self-tapes will always ask for a slate, which is a quick introduction of yourself and the role that you are auditioning for. Remember to keep your slate in the tone of the specific role. When performing your scene, keep the camera at eye level, but do not look directly at the camera. It’s helpful to have another person helping you keep your eye-line to the left or right of the camera. See if you can find a reader to help you film your scene so that it can appear more natural! If no one is available, utilize Zoom or call a friend so that you have someone to recite lines with. The best part of a self-tape is that you have the time to get it perfect before sending it over. Make sure you get a head start so you have plenty of time before the submission deadline!

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CHECK LIST ITEMS BEFORE SUBMITTING:

- Follow the Selftape and Slate instruction if one were provided
- Highly suggest to shoot this video in a professional studio or setting
- If you are shooting this at home, stand against a solid neutral colored backdrop or wall in good lighting
- Shoot horizontal and use head and shoulders framing (medium shot) for self tape auditions
- We need to be able to see and hear you clearly with good audio
- Must be camera ready and wear clothes that is suitable for the character, role and age range
- Label your filename as suggested in the instruction or Name your Video File as follow: 
   Ex: Role Name, Your Name, Agency Name
- If there is another role listed that you feel stronger about, please notate the reason why so we can request for a direct pitch
- Submit your selftape in ASAP to the suggested portal or format 
- Don't wait last minute near the deadline to submit
- Here's an FREE online teleprompter tool you can use to read your lines HERE
- Remember to always upload a copy of your self tape to the agency portal so we can review it as well https://www.smugmug.com/upload/nQ5LpP/upload
- Email the appropriate division once your self tape have been submitted to all portals       

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For Commercial projects, email commercial@prestigiousmodels.com
For New York projects, email newyork@prestigiousmodels.com

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IMPORTANCE OF SELF TAPE

A good quality self tape has the potential of being shared for other projects, with other casting directors, producers and other professionals in the industry. Selftape not only showcase your acting abilities but also shows that you look the part, are photogenic AND can act while looking great on camera. Being able to self tape means that you have the time to nail your audition perfectly. You want to treat it as important as an in person audition. It can lead to more booking opportunities.

- Every selftape requires you to do something different.
- Pay attention to the self tape detailed instructions.
- It is important to learn how to adapt to fit the mood of the character you are auditioning for
- This means depending on the specs of the role, you want to adjust your wardrobe accordingly.
- Remember it’s not a one size fits all type of self tape.
- You will be invited for a 2nd callback for an in person audition OR live zoom callback.
- Do NOT wait until the last minute. Get your selftape submissions in as soon as possible

FRAMING

SLATE I INTRO VIDEO

- The first thing we want to see when playing your video is a Medium Close Up shot
- Frame it just right above your shoulder speaking directly at the camera lens 
- This is important because they need to see your face clearly from the beginning
- Follow the selftape instruction that's provided to be included in your slate or introduction

AUDITION SCENE VIDEO

- Frame the video just right above your hip line in a Medium Shot (see picture below)
- Get a reader feeding you the lines so  you can connect with your scene partner 
- Perform your scenes looking slightly to the left or right from the camera lens
- Avoid looking directly at the camera lens as that can be very distracting to the viewers

FULL BODY SHOT

- Remember to continue to hold the camera horizontally for a wide angle shot
- Wear shoes in your full body shot and leave it toward the end of the video 
- Vertical angle does not flatter your overall body shape and proportion

Why Framing & Labeling is important

LABELING:

Firstly, please keep in mind that casting directors can see your thumbnails. Be sure to choose a medium shot where you are centered in the frame and casting directors can clearly see your face. It is possible for casting directors to dismiss self-tapes due to unappealing thumbnails. Next, you should be labeling your projects appropriately. You want to provide enough details in the labels that the casting directors will immediately know who you are and what you are auditioning for.

Some examples of labels are:
 • SLATE: Role Name, Your Name, Agency Name
 • SCENE: Role Name, Your Name, Agency Name 
 • PROJECT: Role Name, Your Name, Agency Name  
 • HEADSHOT: Role Name, Your Name, Agency Name
 • FULL BODY: Role Name, Your Name, Agency Name

WARDROBE

- Clothing should be form fitting to show your body proportions and can be layered with a jacket or sweater to show a specific style.
- This means depending on the specs of the role, you want to adjust your wardrobe accordingly to suit the age range
- Nothing too distracting or has large logos.
- Click to view some wardrobe suggested here:    MALE WARDROBE     FEMALE WARDROBE

MAKEUP:

ON Camera Makeup is a MUST for both male and female. When they say natural makeup it means on-camera ready makeup with the basics.
- Eye concealer under eyes
- Full coverage long lasting
- Moisturize your lips with a tint of color It is important to learn how to adapt.

When casting directors are going through thousand of submissions, they are only seeing your thumbnail image and submission notes. If the quality is bad, or the framing is off, they might delete your self tape without watching it.

EXAMPLE: Here’s a quick preview of what they see when they review submissions. If your face is not clear, the lighting is too dark or the framing is off then your submission can be easily overlooked. Some examples of bad framing, lighting and labeling.

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3 Things to Avoid during Selfetape

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