Continuing my summer intensive theme, I’m going to talk about video auditions. If you are like me and can not attend an in person audition for some programs being able to a video audition is a blessing. While these types of auditions are very nice they can also be a nuisance, so here is my limited experience with video auditions.
First, I’ll talk about making one. Making a tape is a little challenging at times. To start you need to get a teacher to give you combinations according to the program your auditioning for’s guidelines. You will also need to find a time you can come into the studio just you. I strongly advise not doing it in class. Next, you need to find a way to film. I used your run of the mill family camera (shown below) on a tripod and it worked just fine with my mom manning it. If you want to hire someone professional that is fine, but not essential. Lastly, you film your tape. I highly suggest doing simple combinations that follow the guidelines given by the program you are auditioning for. I say simple because you would much rather have clean simple combinations than complicated messy ones. Be sure to treat this tape as an actual audition and all should go well.
I have not sent a large amount of audition tapes, but the ones I have sent have all been successful. In addition to my own tapes doing well everyone I know that has done one has had a good result from one. Overall, if you can’t make it to an in person audition this is a great alternative. It may not leave quite the same impression that you could in person, but if you really can’t make it to an in person audition, consider it.
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