by OAS Team
Ah yes, self-taping. It is the gift that keeps on giving. You can audition from practically anywhere, at any hour of the day, and even edit and submit your audition without ever leaving your couch. It’s the ultimate convenience…unless you forget about one very important thing…
A lot of actors always ask..
“Can I use my mum as a reader?”
So, how do you choose the perfect reader?
1. Find someone who has experience with self-taping. Self-taping requires a different set of skills than traditional in-person auditions. Your reader should know how to frame the shot, adjust lighting, and use a microphone, and know where to stand. Generally, they should know their way around a camera and have a general idea of how to make you look good.
2. Choose someone who is reliable and committed. You don’t want your reader to flake out on you at the last minute or show up looking like they just rolled out of bed.
3. Look for someone who can act, baby! A good reader should be able to react in a natural, believable way that helps bring your character to life. They should be able to match your energy, rhythm and tone, and accent if necessary.
Things to avoid:
2. Avoid choosing someone who’s going to steal your thunder. A reader who hogs the spotlight, overacts, or otherwise distracts from your performance is a big no-no. This is your moment, don’t forget that.
3. Avoid choosing someone who doesn’t respect your boundaries. It’s important to set boundaries with your reader, such as when and where to meet, what feedback you want to receive, and how to communicate. If your reader is unable or unwilling to respect these boundaries, it may be best to find someone else who is a better fit for you.
4. Don’t choose someone who’s not taking the process seriously. This is your career we’re talking about here, so you need someone who’s going to take it as seriously as you do.
If you’re struggling to find an in-person reader;
Not sure where to find remote readers?
Check out the the OAS Website!
Want to apply to be an OAS reader?