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Best Self Tape Camera in 2020? Example Auditions with 4 Cameras

What's the best self taping camera for auditions? In this video, I'll show you four self tape audition examples each recorded with a different camera. We start with my cell phone and progressively work our way up to a professional $2500 Sony A7iii. The primary goal of this test was to answer these questions:

1. Is my phone a good enough camera to self tape my auditions?
2. What are some benefits to buying a camera dedicated to self taping?
3. Does more expensive automatically mean better quality?

I think the self tape audition examples from each of the four cameras will help answer all of these questions.

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7 Ways to Memorize Lines for Your Acting Audition

What's the fastest way for an actor to read a script and memorize lines for an audition or a job? In this video, I break down how to memorize lines fast seven different ways. These are the memorization techniques that I use for my own auditions. Sometimes I'll use all of them for one audition, other times I'll pick and choose. But having all seven in my tool belt gives me confidence to know that I have other methods to try if one isn't working. Try these out for yourself the next time you need to memorize lines fast.

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Health and Fitness Tips for Actors with Tyler Buckingham

Fitting exercise and nutrition into the weird and irregular schedules of an actor's life can be challenging. Finding a routine that works and building sustainable habits are key to living a healthier lifestyle, but it's hard when every day is a different schedule. In this interview with Tyler Buckingham, actor and personal trainer, we talk about how actors can incorporate health and fitness into their busy lives.

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What to Wear to a Film and TV Audition

Today’s topic is what to wear to an audition. Specifically for movies and television shows. Whether it’s an in person audition, a self taped audition, what should you wear? How much should you dress like the character you are auditioning for? Let me tell first you what I’ve been told most often in my career and then I’ll share some tips from two casting directors.

The advice that I’ve heard most often throughout my career is that you should dress to suggest the character. Meaning you should definitely wear something similar to what your character might wear but not to go overboard. For example, if you were auditioning for a football player, it might be a...

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10 Commandments of Self Taping Auditions

Watch this video to see my 10 Commandments of Self Taping Auditions.

      1. Follow the Audition Directions
      2. Non distracting background
      3. Video should be horizontal
      4. Camera on a tripod
      5. Lens is eye level
      6. Actor is well lit
      7. Actor is louder than the reader
      8. Quiet on set
      9. Keep file sizes small
      10. Turn it in ON TIME
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3 Headshot Mistakes Actors Make That Have Nothing To Do With the Photo

We all know that an actor’s headshot is very important and that it’s your first impression to anyone in the industry. Because of that, we want our headshots to be as professional as possible and we don’t want any mistakes that make us look like amateurs.

Today, I want to share with you three easily fixable headshot mistakes. In fact, none of them require you to get new headshots taken because they have nothing to do with the actual photo.

Mistake Number 1: Not Naming the File on Your Computer

Digital headshots are used much more often than printed headshots these days. So it’s important that we pay attention to detail when it comes to our digital headshot,...

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