Another thread re ad-hoc self-taping

Toni Brooks
Actor

What is wrong with Mandy? We have asked and asked til we’re blue in the face. Stop asking fir self tapes before you’ve looked at profiles and chosen those you feel would be best suited to your preferences. It’s time wasting to self tape when the chances are it won’t even be looked at give the volume of applicants. Think about it.


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Agree here.


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It's honestly ridiculous!!!


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John Joseph
Actor

I don't believe that the companies that are requesting these appreciate how much time and effort goes into a self tape, and to request one from all and sundry, before you have even seen what the artist looks like is utter stupidity.


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I saw one requesting a self tape for a part that was NON SPEAKING … absurd and time wasting! Totally agree that self tapes should NOT be allowed in round 1 of auditions … in “real world scenarios” that’d be like asking each candidate to turn up and wait for an audition slot, then told “we’ve seen enough today, go home” … same time wasted, different mentality


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Toni Brooks
Actor

Exactly Tony - like open auditions which were the pits!


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Hi All,
Considering that we are doing part of their job for them e.g. acting as our own casting director, taping ourselves in our own homes, using our own equipment, electricity etc, etc and therefore saving them money, hiring a casting studio, camera operator. Not to mention the time etc, etc.
Why isn't this then reflected in the (frequent pittance) of a fee!
I also agree that asking for a self tape for a non speaking role is really taking the proverbial. Grrr!


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I applied for a job on Mandy recently, which DIDN'T initially request a self-tape. I was put under consideration and then asked to send firstly a short self-tape, for which they gave me very favourable feedback, but politely requested if I'd be happy to do a longer 2nd one. So, 2 self-tapes sent. Then absolute silence. Despite messaging both the freelance co-producer and creative producer of the production company just asking if they could give me an update, I'm disappointed not to have had a reply from either. Job has long been closed now and the filming date well past.

We're actors, and we're used to rejection. Fine. But it would have been courtesy, good manners, and shown appreciation/respect to drop an actor a line after sharing various communications together and the actor sending 2 self-tapes.

Sigh.


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Toni Brooks
Actor

Bad manners through and through.


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Sue Pearson
Actor

Agreed even Zoom auditions are better than having to do self tapes.


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