Woe is the self tape

So the other day I finally had my first “audition” of the year… it was a self tape. A self tape means (like it sounds, I guess) that you have to film the audition yourself, edit it all together, and send it off to casting.

Producers/directors love the self tape style of auditioning people because it means they don’t have to bother with the tedious and often gruelling process of actually meeting actors. It means they get to save precious time and money and make the whole process as distant and disconnected as possible.

I mean sure, they could meet us to get an idea as to what kind of people we are, see what we have to offer, and get a sense of whether we’d be fun to work with, but meh! Why bother? The self tape means they can say ‘absolutely not’ without having to bother with those pesky in person niceties that we all hate so much.

But hey I’m not bitter! That’s enough with the sarcasm… I’ll play the game like the rest of ’em.

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This is my “My name is Heather! Please go ahead and hire me” smile. Which I include in every tape and which maybe nobody has ever bothered to actually watch… until now that is! Thanks you guys!

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And this is my “I’m busy playing video games” expression. This tape was for a very odd and slightly awkward to film commercial (think old spice feels). I had to be engrossed in a video game and then become cold (??). So yeah, had fun with that. Of course every one of my friends and their dogs submitted for this audition and nobody has heard anything so far. Such is the life. Still, at least it was a relatively short and easy to do. Once I had to put together a tape for “Grease” the musical. I had to read some crazy 8 pages of sides for 4 different characters, choreograph a dance (which I ended up filming in the parking garage of my building) and sing a full recording of a 50s song… the whole tape was 10 minutes long and took me an entire day to put together and I heard NOTHING. Not even a “thanks for submitting”.Β  But I wasn’t too bothered. I mean don’t even like Grease.

Anyways I hope you all had a magical Sunday! Feel free to let me know what you got up to.

As always thanks for reading xo

12 thoughts on “Woe is the self tape

  1. sounds a bit like the lotto – crazy rewards – outlandish odds –

    still – how many really get a chance to audition for their dreams, so many of us never get that close.

    1. Yeah you know it really feels like that a lot of the time. The thing with any job you audition for is you just never know! Which at times feels really exciting and at other times feels really hopeless, haha. But as you say, I’m lucky to have had the opportunities I’ve had! And more often than not it’s a fun and rewarding business… provided you don’t take the gritty parts of it too seriously πŸ™‚

  2. Years ago, I wanted to be a voice actor (I still want it, but ….) and made a demo and tried to find an agent….and go on auditions….
    I envy your perseverance and your accomplishments so far.
    Your “hire me” smile is great.

  3. I believe it takes time for any agency to call someone or email them about their audition.

    I’m wishing you the best and I hope you do get the gig. Please keep us your readers posted on your accomplishments. How’s life been treating you so far? Hope all is well.

  4. I have so much respect for you – putting yourself out there like that. It must take some real resilience to withstand the knocks, or as you said – being completely ignored.

    1. Thank you so much!

      I’m always joking that I’m in the business of rejection, haha. But it definitely helps build a tough skin (I think). It’s not always easy but auditioning in general is pretty fun and all that rejection makes you appreciate the jobs you do book. πŸ™‚

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