Due to COVID-19, we have been introduce to a new world of working virtually. Part of now being virtual is learning how to self tape. Self taping is an amazing skill to have as an actor and it's actually quite simple. All you need for a self tape is a recording device. Your self tape should be recorded horizontally to allow all of your movements to be seen on camera. You can use the grid feature on your phone camera to make sure that you are properly centered. Try to record your self tape with good lighting in order to make your face as visible as possible. You can do this by facing a window while recording. If possible, record your self tape in front of a blank background. This helps the focus stay on you and your performance. This is absolutely not a requirement, but it is a good habit to practice in preparation for the professional world of acting. While performing your monologue, establish where you will look or who your character is speaking to. Before you perform your monologue, don’t forget to slate. Your slate should include your name, grade level, the title of the show your monologue is from, and the playwright. For example, “Hi, my name is ______ , I am in _____ grade, and I will be performing a monologue from the show ______ by ______".
In our auditions for the musical "Working", you will also be asked to perform a song. Please view the video below for musical theatre self tape audition tips.