I’m participating in the Bramon Garcia Braun 10 Day Actor’s Challenge for Letting Go and part of the challenge is to do an acting exercise each day and after making a self-tape for a comedy pilot (I just might book that!), I decided that my acting task for the day was to look over my old self-tapes and see how I’ve done. I really cringed at the older ones that had me constantly looking at the script and my facial tics and unnecessary arm gestures. I often punctuate my words with my hands and make “fish lips” (not as adorable as that sounds!) I can’t show my most recent self-tape because the project hasn’t even finalized casting yet.
Here is one of my first self-tapes for the ABC Diversity Showcase. Now, why would pasty little me audition for this? Because I’m a woman. I am sharing this to demonstrate how much I’ve improved. I was really nervous and it showed, and I also looked at my sides constantly. Ever since taking Chris Game’s How To Book Everything Class, I have sworn to memorize the sides for every audition and minimize the silly gestures.
Next up is a much more recent video of my doing a scene from the one-camera comedy series, “Kevin From Work,” in Chris’ class doing a much better job and being really funny. Completely memorized, not really nervous, and minimized silly extra movements.
Of course, we can all get better at auditioning, especially self-tapes. Many projects request self-tape auditions and I’m glad to have the resources to do them, but I always prefer in-person auditions because I can meet the production team.