11 tips to improve your taped auditions

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Auditioning on tape has become a common practice of late.  I have cast numerous shows from them and will most likely continue to do so in the future.


Here are some tips for improving your taped submissions:


1) It is imperative to get the tape to me in a timely fashion.  Agents often ask me for the tape deadline. 

  • To me the tape deadline means the absolutely latest date that I will accept a submission, and so I arbitrarily choose a date that I think will suffice.   My advice is to get the tape to me well ahead of the “deadline”. 
  • How I work is that I send the tapes to the creative team as they come in to me.  I have found that once the actual audition process has started, directors pay less attention to the tapes.  If I can get the tape to the director before he/she actually starts seeing people in the room, he/she will more likely consider the actor on tape as either “in the running”, or “the one to beat”. 
  • Once the auditions have started the director is usually quite focused on who he/she sees in the room and doesn’t have much time to keep looking at tapes.

2) Be sure to tape all the sides that you are given. 

  • This is your only shot at it and the director will want to see everything, including the callback.

3) Be sure that the sound is good. 

  • I often get tapes where the reader (who is usually closer to the camera) is twice as loud as the actor auditioning.  Make sure that you can be clearly heard.

4) Be sure to introduce yourself at the start of the tape.

  • It is also good idea to introduce the piece and character that you are reading for.

5) Try to stay away from taping in front of distracting backgrounds.

  • An empty wall seems to work best.

6) Include a view of your whole body. 

  • It can be just a scan of you in a standing position at the start of the tape.

7) Make the camera shot from about the waist up. 

  • We really need do need to see your facial expressions clearly.

8) Send the tape in a format that is easy for the creative team to download. 

  • YouTube and Vimeo are two that seem to work well.

9) Include your headshot and resume. 

  • Opening the tape with your photo and a contact number has a professional look to it.

10) Be available to Skype with the creative team if it is so requested. 

  • They will usually ask to Skype during the audition process so be aware of the dates that we are actually auditioning.

11) And this should go without saying…. 

  • Make sure that you do all the preparation work that you would do for any in the room audition.