A self tape is an introduction of you to the casting and, sometimes, production team. Its main aim is show potential. It is not a finalized to-air product.
You must still look professional, and present yourself in a setting that makes your performance feel professional.
High quality self-tapes don't require big expenses. What you need to invest in materials will depend on the size of your space, access to natural light, and your availability times, among others.
The roadmap for your self-tape is in YOUR AUDITION NOTICE or TAPE REQUEST!
Want a full analysis and set up of your space for self tapes? Let me know!
TECHNICALITIES TO CONQUER:
Your recording device
The final product
SOCIAL MEDIA RULES
RULES FOR #INSTASMART HUMANS AND ACTORS:
Be YOU and share! Don’t aim for “promotion only”
Offer material at your own frequency... But frequently
Make your material pertinent to what you want.
Mind the #quality of what you post.
Don’t save the best for last. Use it first.
You will be found ONLY with a clear name and contact.
If app/site has a reputation: your account on it does too!
Monitor direct contacts
Be nice! Not reactive!
MAKE SOCIAL MEDIA WORK FOR YOU:
Numbers impress! #MATH
Followers > Following
Followers : likes
Followers (if you build it, they will come!)
Who do YOU follow?
Consistency impresses more!
Use the same vocabulary publicly and DM'ing-ly
Respond promptly and professionally
Use the power of #Hashtags
Make worlds collide online and LIVE
SELF-TAPE PRODUCT FAVES!
These are reference links and not direct product or brand recommendations!
The better your camera lens and light processing is, the better the quality of your video will look, regardless of the circumstances! Also, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GREAT MEMORY STORAGE on your device.
Aim for stable, sturdy and as tall as you!
Victiv 72-inch Camera Tripod Aluminum Monopod T72 Max.
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
Your tripod should come ready for your video camera... But most of us use our phones! Make your tripod work for them (check phone sizes and tripod base)
AVastar Universal Smartphone Tripod Adapter Cell Phone Holder
Vastar iPad Tripod Mount Universal Tablet Tripod Holder
Don't underestimate the ease and power of a solid colored wall! But if you want to get a little fancy...
Neewer Chromakey Green Chromakey Blue Collapsible Backdrop
Emart Photo Video Studio
Natural, indirect sunlight through a big window is your best ally! If your space still needs help, consider:
Neewer Ring Light Kit
ESDDI Softbox Photography Lighting Kit
SOFTWARE & WEBSITES
SIMPLE VIDEO EDITING:
BIGVU Reporter (prompter!)
iSkySoft (video converter)
Video Converter Compressor - Inverse.AI
USEFUL SELF-TAPE APPS:
KEY, HANDY WEBSITES:
Google page remover: When you don’t want something to be found anymore! HERE!
WeTransfer: Share easily, regardless of size!
Wix.com / Squarespace: Easy way to start your first website
GoDaddy: Get your dot-com domain and secure it!
FOR SOCIAL MEDIA EASE:
Post scheduling and management (Hootsuite.com)
Get help designing posts and profile images (Canva.com)
Get fancy with stories (Storychic)
If your don't know how to do something... Trust me: there's an app for that!
COACH WITH SCHEHE
Working on a self-tape submission? Want to create a coherent self-tape space at home with what you have? Need on camera coaching?
Let's work together!
Initial information session:
Is this your first time coaching? Not sure how this would work? No problem!
Let's speak on the phone or on Skype about what you need and what you are looking and how I may be of help. A partial, free-of-charge, coaching to discuss your interests and how I may be able to help you reach your goals, is offered to all first time students.
Use the form below to contact me and request your information session.
Scheduling your coaching:
Ready to book? Use the form below to request your coaching.
Please include your area of interest, as well as the date and time of your preference (if applicable).
Coachings can be scheduled 7 days of the week, mornings, afternoons and evenings.
You will be contacted directly to fully confirm your coaching and receive additional information.
New York City coachings take place in 520 Ripley Grier Studios. Skype coachings available!
A pianist is available for live song interpretation coachings if requested.
Live coachings can be paid via cash, check or using major Credit Cards.
For online coachings: PayPal, Zelle, direct deposit and Credit Cards (via Square) are accepted as well as check deposits (prior to the coaching time and date.)
If you have any additional questions, let me know!
Request a coaching, additional information or answers to your questions:
You may also contact Scheherazade at firstname.lastname@example.org