Self Tapes

  • Ste Purse

    Actor

    Hi,

    I'm relatively new to the business and a late comer at 46 having left a management career to follow my dream! I'm a disabled actor looking to raise my profile within the industry and would welcome any advice/tips on how to get noticed. I've had professional head-shots done and my acting teacher is going to arrange a showreel when the lockdown is lifted. I've got an Instagram account, Twitter account and a YouTube channel. Is there anything else I should consider?

    I have been represented by YAFTA since just before this pandemic hit and sent things quiet for TV/Film acting roles. I have a few self tapes I have done for my acting classes and wondered what the best way is to get them 'out there' and seen. I'd like feedback and consideration for roles ideally. So far, the only role I've had is as an extra on the TJ Maxx USA Christmas ad campaign which was not shown in UK and I was barely visible! This was before I was represented by YAFTA.

    Thanks, all the best and stay safe.

    Ste Purse

    • 5th Jun 2020
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  • Lauren Douglin

    Actor

    Hi Ste

    Check out DANC on Twitter. They offer opporrtunities for disabled artists.

    Take a look at Danc Manc (@DANC_MANC):

    • 11th May 2020
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  • Ste Purse

    Actor

    Thank you Lauren, I'll be sure to look this up!

    • 12th May 2020
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  • Rav Takhar

    Actor

    Hi,

    My advice would be to get some work as an SA and register with agencies that cover the geographical areas you want to work in. Build up you CV and credits that way.

    Hope this helps,

    Rav

    • 22nd May 2020
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  • Lauren Douglin

    Actor

    Bare in mind SA work doesn't count as professional acting credits

    • 22nd May 2020
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  • Georgia Goodman

    Actor

    Hi Ste,

    Now is the best time for you to make the most of social media.

    As long as your selftapes are VERY GOOD, then nothing wrong with posting them on your social media channels as most casting directors are currently very active on Twitter and Instagram. Many actors have been posting their activities on there and it definitely doesn't hurt.

    But those selftapes really need to be good. Maybe ask your acting teacher which ones he/she thinks are worth posting.

    Good luck!

    • 26th May 2020
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  • Ste Purse

    Actor

    Great advice Georgia, I'll ask my acting teacher! Thank you.

    • 5th Jun 2020
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