Let’s make the absolute most out of your self-tape auditions.
I want to throw you all my creative tip about how to get auditions and reps to notice you and try you out. You’ll love this—this tip does NOT require you to have any professional reels at all.
Instead of throwing them out into the abyss, never to be referenced again, think about preserving your favorite self-tapes and MAKING THEM WORK HARDER FOR YOU.
If you’re trying to woo a rep or a Casting Director, there is one thing that will help tip the scales. Do this one thing. I know you might resist it, because it’s work for you and takes a smidgen of time, and it involves watching your past work (aye! I know!), but please please…trust me and do this.
First, let’s illustrate the problem that you are trying to solve: reps and CDs need reasons and inspiration to work with you or audition you.
Give them inspiration. Give them reasons. Give them proof.
They need to see it to believe it. They need ammunition to help pitch you for getting auditions with CDs or being considered more seriously by a director when you are in the mix.
When the director asks, “Can I see more of their work beyond the auditions?”… you want to have your work available to them to watch.
When the casting director says to a rep, “Can you tell me why you should come in for an audition?”…you want to have your work available for them to watch.
When a rep says to you, “How should I pitch you to CDs to get you in the room?”…you want to have your work available for them to watch.
And here comes the solution…
Solution: prove to them your talent and range by showing them samples of your on-screen work by way of your recent self-tapes!
Okay. So there it is. It’s actually a simple task. It might take you a hot minute, and some painfully-joyful reviews of your self-tapes, but it’s going to pay off! Hone in on your 10 favorite self-tapes or class clips, then narrow it down to 8, then to 5. You can do it!
Do this one thing, and you will be ahead of the curve and sooooo ready to roll!
Image: WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (1988)