Top Tips for Filming Auditions and Self-Tapes

Auditioning can be a stressful process, and we’re here to help! It’s completely understandable to be nervous about the filming process before you start, but with our top tips we hope that you will be able to enjoy the experience of showing off what you can do…

  • Make sure you read all the information in the Audition Handbook, which you’ll be sent once you apply. Remember that details for each drama school can be different, so make sure you’re following the instructions correctly.
  • Give yourself time to set up your filming – somewhere quiet, with a plain wall as a background. If you live with other people, make sure they know not to disturb you while you’re recording.
  • Set up your camera securely (either a phone, computer or tablet). We’re not auditioning your technology, but just make sure that whatever you use isn’t going to fall down or shake around while you’re filming!
  • Don’t use any filters, or perform in shadowy lighting – try and have bright light coming from front if possible, so we can see your face clearly.
  • Be safe. If you’re filming a dance audition, give yourself as much space as possible for your arms and legs to move and try to remove any obstructions from your space. Don’t forget to check the ceiling height, light fixtures and the floor surface to make sure you don’t hurt yourself!
  • Make sure you frame your shot. The instructions for this may be different depending on which course you are auditioning for, so follow the guidelines carefully.
  • Don’t move your camera around while you are performing, or let yourself move too close or too far away.
  • Give yourself time. It’s good to have a few tries – and if it isn’t going well, don’t panic, take a break and give yourself a chance to breathe before trying again.
  • Don’t think about getting in ‘perfect’. You’re sending us a video of your ability now, to see if you’re in the right place to begin training – no-one expects you to be at a professional level yet!

Good luck with your filming, we can’t wait to watch your audition soon!