General Taping Instructions

NOTE: Always read any specific self-tape instructions provided with each audition invitation!

  • Start each audition with framing that shows the actor’s head and shoulders only.
  • Sound must be clear.  We recommend using a lavalier mic or shotgun mic if possible.  If not, please be sure that the mic is directed towards the actor and the reader STANDS BACK so as not to overpower the actor’s voice.  The actor’s voice should be clearly heard and the reader’s should be at the same audible level if not slightly quieter.
  • Lighting should be good enough so we can see the color of the actor’s eyes.
  • Please tape auditions in front of a light-colored, solid wall or back-drop.  Try not to have anything behind the actor that will distract the viewer’s eye like furniture, pictures, windows, etc.
  • One good take, please. Only do a second take if absolutely necessary or if requested.  Second takes should always be uploaded as an individual file.
  • SLATE: At the END of your take, have the actor stand, pull back for a full body shot and state name & height for the camera.  Please do not slate in the beginning of your audition.

We prefer files types of mp4 or mov at a size of at least 20 and no more than 50 MB.  Files need to be large enough for a clear take, but not exceed the limit to guarantee upload capability.