Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I self-tape? 
      A: There are 4 steps to self-taping:
      1. 1. VIDEO
        1. ü Shoot video HORIZONTALLY
        2. ü Use a plain, neutral wall, and NEVER handheld (tripods are best)
        3. ü Make sure you’re well lit (natural light works well!)
        4. ü Frame yourself in a medium close up shot (mid-chest, up) if not moving; medium shot (waist up) if your audition requires some movement
        5. 2. AUDIO
        6. ü Ensure you’re in a quiet area
        7. ü You MUST have a reader, and they MUST be quieter than you.
        8. ü CHECK YOUR AUDIO (and video). Record a few seconds and double-check all sounds/looks good before proceeding.
        9. 3. CONTENT
        10. ü NEVER look into the camera; always direct your dialogue to the reader (slightly left or right of the camera – the reader should NEVER be seen).
        11. ü Slate your name, agency, city (and age, if a minor), unless otherwise noted, before beginning and follow by a full body shot
        12. ü You may submit 2 takes of the scene, but you must submit 2 takes if the piece is 5 lines or less.
        1. 4. TECH SPECS
        2. ü Export as one file (unless reading for multiple roles). Each file should contain your slate and up to two takes.
        3. ü Make sure the file is downloadable and send via WeTransfer or Dropbox (Files sent via YouTube or Vimeo will not be accepted)
        4. ü Label the file: FirstName LastName ROLE
        5. ü Always watch back before sending!

        **Always read client instructions carefully – they’ll often provide guidelines specific to that audition.**

        HELPFUL LINKS:

        SELF-TAPING:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vcaT9M2ZiI

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzWxlQ8vTSw

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZoG3mFGIrc&feature=youtu.be

        LIGHTING:

        https://www.mediacollege.com/lighting/three-point/

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3xYPOiPtE4

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBt8qdO03-k

2. How do I take good photos of my child? 

1. Catch Kids at Play

Let kids be kids - they make much better photographic subjects when they're having fun!

2. Get Down and Dirty

Take photos of children from their eye level to avoid creating the appearance of large heads or disproportionate bodies.

3. Shade Kids from Bright Light

Avoid speckled sunlight and harsh flash photography as it creates ugly shadows on faces and makes children squint. Taking photos outside on overcast days is best.

4. Keep it Casual

Kids have a tendency to look awkward when they're “dressed up.” No make-up, jewelry, color-corrective contacts, hair extensions, hats, distracting bows, nail polish, or distracting clothes. Exceptions could be dance recital shots or Halloween costumes.

5. Avoid Busy Backgrounds

The background should not distract from the child. For example, do not shoot in a messy/cluttered living area or in an outdoor setting with lots of clutter.

6. Winter Photos

Taking pictures outside is best, but obviously, winter is not ideal. If you do get a nice day, please remember not to have bulky winter clothes on the kids.

7. Do Not Crop or Photoshop Pictures
Please do not adjust the images to black & white or sepia. Please do not use filters or smart phone apps to adjust the images.

8. Variety is Key

We like to have 4-5 different outfits and scenarios to choose from. Shoot a variety of scenes and hairstyles; get the kids involved with selections and make it fun!

9. Shoot Their Strengths

We like to see what they are good at! Please capture action shots of their favorite sports and activities. If they have a fun personality, we want to see that on camera! Shots of them goofing off and being silly are great to have! (We don’t want ALL silly shots though!)

10. Set up a Photo Time

Taking candid snapshots at extracurricular activities is a great way to collect photos, but you should also set up a “mini” photo shoot as if on an actual booking.

11. The More the Merrier

Please send in at least 15 shots to allow us to make the best selections to market your child to clients.  


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