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how to self tape

Dos and Don’ts in shooting a self-taped audition.

We have provided simple guidelines below to help you produce great self-tapes. 




  • Be professional and prepared when you tape yourself. Treat this audition the same as you would if you were physically in the room with the casting director. 


  • Record your audition in front of a solid coloured curtain or a blank wall. Too much clutter in the background can distract from your performance. Also, be aware your outfit should not blend or contrast with the colour of your backdrop. 


  • Find a quality reader. Make sure your reader stands behind the camera, to ensure your focus and positioning is towards the camera. Your reader should not be seen on camera unless requested. 




  • Don’t use a webcam, we recommend using a digital camcorder that fits your budget and have a peer operate the camera for you. 


  • Overhead fluorescent lights create deep shadows on your face which can make you look aged or change your appearance completely. Ideally, use two incandescent lights (bulbs with filaments). One as a key light, set to the opposite side of the camera a little farther away and pointed at your face.  If you are filming in a bigger space and need more lighting, set a second light opposite side of the camera, pointed at your side. 


  • Castings has requested a certain number of takes and/or scenes. Doing more than is asked could be considered presumptuous by the casting director. Don’t do more than the castings has asked for. 


Basic three-point studio lighting 





Equipment recommendations for recording your self tape.


Digital Camcorder, Full HD 270° Rotation 1080P 16X High Definition Digital Camcorder Video DV Camera (US Plug Black)





Emart 60 LED Continuous Portable Photography Lighting Kit for Table Top Photo Video Studio Light Lamp with Color Filters



MAX Agency Featured New Talent- OLIVIA OLIVER

MAX Agency is a successful Toronto modelling, acting and talent agency representing men, women and children. MAX Agency is involved in providing actors, models and entertainers for the film, television, fashion and advertising industries.

Introducing Max Agency’s new talent- Olivia Oliver. She is an ice dancer competing for Poland on the International Junior Grand Prix Circuit and at the World Championships.


On January 19, 2015, at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, Olivia broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest spin on ice. Her record speed was timed at 342 RPM and she broke the previous world record set in 2006 by 34 RPM!


Here’s what Olivia has to say about herself:

“I’m 16 years old and I skate for Poland in Ice Dance. I’m also a Guinness World Record Holder, Canadian Champions Fund Grant Recipient, Scotia bank Community Hero & Charity Worker. I was born in Poland and I live in Barrie, Canada.

I have Canadian, Polish & British nationality and I speak English, Polish & French.

Josh and I represent Poland and we are committed to do whatever it takes, and as long as it takes, to achieve our dream together…..

My journey to get this far has been exciting…”

Courtesy: oliviarybickaoliver.org

If you have an upcoming project that Abby would be a great fit forcontact us now to see if she’s available! 

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