Guide to a Successful Self Tape Audition

Tips for Actors and Readers

Successful Self-Tape Audition


In the digital age, self-tape auditions have become a mainstay in the casting process. Whether you’re an actor showcasing your talent or a reader assisting in the process, ensuring a top-quality self-tape is crucial. This guide provides comprehensive advice for both actors and readers to make the audition stand out.


Choose the Right Location and Setup

Choose the right Location

  • Opt for a quiet space with good acoustics.
  • Use a neutral background to minimise distractions.
  • Ensure the area is well-lit preferably with natural light.

camera and Sound Setup

  • Position the camera at eye level.
  • Use a tripod or stable surface to prevent shaky footage.
  • Frame from the chest up unless specified otherwise.
  • Use an external microphone for clear audio and test sound levels before recording.

Dress the Part

  • Wear solid colours that contrast with your background.
  • Avoid logos or overly flashy clothing.
  • Dress as the character if appropriate but avoid overdoing it.

Performance Preparation

  • Fully memorise your lines.
  • Practise your performance multiple times to ensure authenticity and confidence.
  • Keep the script nearby as a reference but don’t overly rely on it.

The Slate

  • Begin with a full shot (from head to toe).
  • Introduce yourself with a smile: name agency (if applicable) and role you’re auditioning for
  • Follow any specific instructions provided by the casting director such as stating your location or height.
  • Offer profile views by turning left and then right.
  • Conclude with gratitude.

Review and Send

  • Watch your self-tape multiple times to check for any issues.
  • Save the video in a commonly accepted format like .mp4.
  • Name the file professionally typically using your name and the role (e.g. “JaneDoe_RoleName_Sel fTape.mp4”).
  • Send promptly using a reliable file-sharing service if the file is large.


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Understand the Script

  • Familiarise yourself with the scene’s context to provide appropriate cues and reactions

Stay Off-Camera but be Present

  • Position yourself near the camera to ensure clear audio but remain out of the frame.
  • Maintain eye contact and engagement with the actor

Maintain Neutral Tone

  • Keep your reading consistent and neutral allowing the actor’s performance to shine.

Pacing is the Key

  • Match the scene’s energy and rhythm ensuring a consistent pace.
  • Limit Distractions
  • Avoid unnecessary movements or noises that could detract from the actor’s performance.
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Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Rehearse the scene with the actor before recording addressing any uncertainties or issues.

BE Encouraging and Supportive

  • Offer positive feedback especially when working with young actors. Patience is essential.

Avoid Mid-Take Coaching

  • Save feedback or suggestions for after the take to maintain the actor’s focus.
  • Maintain Consistent Energy
  • If multiple takes are needed ensure your energy remains consistent throughout.
  • Adaptability
  • Be prepared to adjust based on the actor’s needs or if the scene requires a change in tone.



A successful self-tape audition is a collaborative effort between the actor and the reader. By understanding your roles, preparing adequately, and focusing on delivering a genuine performance, you can create a memorable audition that leaves a lasting impression on casting directors.


At Bubblegum, we represent some of Australia’s brightest young stars, but even so, we’re always on the lookout for fresh new faces and talent.

If your child is aged anywhere from 3 months to 17 years of age, and you think they might have what it takes to shine in front of a camera or on stage, then we want to hear from you.

We’ll set up a quick informal chat where we’ll get a feel for your child’s suitability for working in the industry.

The lucky kids that make it onto our books benefit from in-house workshops and coaching sessions to help them brush up on their skills. They’ll also get great advice and tips from the Bubblegum team, some of whom have worked as child models and actors themselves! We’ll even arrange a portfolio shoot with our in-house photographer.

We want all the kids on our books to have their chance to shine and if that means working twice as hard to make it happen, then that’s what we’ll do!

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