If you are wondering if you should go for it in a self-tape, this will immediately dispel your hesitation.
Pause right now. Watch Adelina’s clip.
Your jaw will drop.
Right????? Every time I share this clip with actors, they can’t believe it.
Really? Adelina dared to do this? Yes, she did. Let me tell you how this came about and what you can learn from this dynamic example.
Adelina studied with me for about a year—she took Part 1, Part 2, Genre Class, and is a member of The Acting Collective. So we are in constant workout mode together! Like so many of you, she is an actor who embraces growth and loves reaching for the things that stretch her talent.
Are you ready to go for it?
Let’s dig into how you can rethink your approach and make some dynamic choices in your acting.
In Part 1 class, Adelina learned that she is in control of her “type” and to loosen up the work and not be so attached to perfection.
In Part 2 class, she focused on her online acting materials reflecting her range, and in particular creating a Self-Tape Channel.
In Genre, Tone & Style: Delivering Nuanced Auditions class, she learned how to commit to the physical and nuanced dynamics of a high concept drama. And, how to work that frame!
In all of the classes, we focus on the visual and how much is said without words (you don’t even need to speak Spanish to understand the scene!). When you understand how the camera loves all the in-between moments, you will earn those close ups!
On her own, inspired by an agent’s suggestion and our conversations about including her bilingual talent into her pitch, Adelina made this Spanish-speaking scene clip.
This actor picked a high emotional intensity scene and did not back off of it—she was all in 1,000%—and she thought outside of the box and translated a scene into Spanish! Finally, she filmed it with her father (he is the reader and drags her from under the bed!), her sister (moved the camera when she hides!), and her mom (held the flash light for additional lighting under the bed!). Wow. It’s amazing who will play with you if you are super committed to making it happen!
Are you getting fresh ideas about which risks to take?
Are you getting inspiration about how intentional you can be with your career?
Truly. As soon as the agent saw this one clip, they wanted to sign her. Immediately. It can happen that fast.
What work are you putting forward? Is it your best work? Is it your best casting possibilities?
Just because you aren’t hired, doesn’t mean you aren’t a working actor.
So, work it. Work it hard, and playfully. Do the work and I promise that you will grow and discover your potential more and more each time you walk in front of that camera.