Self-Taped Auditions: What Casting Directors Really Want To SEE

During my career in Casting, I've seen A LOT of self-tapes. And, as most Casting Directors these days, I've cast directly from self-taped auditions from as well.

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However, the one thing that just kills me about self-tapes is all the could-have-been-great-self-tapes that you got terribly wrong… And so, you lost your shot.


While there are a lot of reasons to love self-taping, it's easier to love if it produces results for you…aka BOOKINGS.

In today's self-taping audition tip video below, you'll find out the number one thing you must get right and, more importantly WHY…

Tips are great and I have tons of them for you on self-taping, getting an agent, mindset, social media, auditioning…the whole nine yards. But what I most want for you is to begin to understand is HOW Casting Directors think and WHY these tips are so important.

You'll see what I mean in this video.


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Do you now see why it's so important to understand not just WHAT Casting Directors want in your self-taped audition, but WHY?

And, when you master ALL aspects of self-taping, you will truly be an UNSTOPPABLE Actor.

Once you can understand what Casting Directors want and how they think, you can begin to anticipate that and deliver exactly what they want with ease and get much better results from your acting career efforts.

…Which is how you get your one-way ticket right to The Red Carpet where you belong.

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Your turn! What happened the last time you self-taped? What's the feedback, callbacks, bookings?  Please share your experience in the comments below :-)

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23 Responses

  1. Toa says:

    Thanks so much for your tips! As someone who is very new to this it has helped so much and I hope to have more opportunities to use these tips.

    One question I do have though, is, how much of the tape do casting directors actually watch?

    For example, if I have a 1min :30sec video, do they actually watch it all? Or do they decide quite quickly that I’m not the right fit. Or I am the right fit etc?

    Thank you!!! :)

  2. Belinda Delaney says:

    Finally found the best lighting in my house last week – great light! Unfortunately – no feedback or anything on either of the 2 self tapes. Ah well, next time!

  3. Joy Melancon says:

    I hear alot about getting experience through local theater. Is it necessary?

  4. Dustin Sturm says:

    Self Tapes are amazing. I am in Los Angeles, and the quality is everything. I go to Just Tape It Studios in Sherman Oaks. Tory is amazing, and the video quality is excellent.

  5. Shatara says:

    I have heard many other actors and colleges say that self-tapes are a last resort for most casting directors and that the usually dont even get looked at. Most people I have talked to here say to book a job you need to be in the room, because if you send in a tape it will likely just get thrown out. Is this true?

    • AmyJoBerman says:

      Not true at all. Perhaps that might have been true 5 years ago, but not now. Every day more and more casting is happening from tape. When a tape is requested by a casting office, they usually will look at it. It’s only when it’s unsolicited that it won’t.

  6. Great advice Amy Jo, Thank You!

  7. True brooklyn says:

    This Is a very Important video to have handy. Self Auditioning IS gonna be more prevalent in this industry. If your unsure about anything in your self taping process i.e. video/sound quality, lighting, backdrop, readers or what have you. THAT issue will be in your head when performing the takes you do and hinder your performance. As in all acting the more prepared you are the more focused on the actual work you can be. This Video will eliminate the grey areas that are hurting your chances of a successful audition.

  8. Jamie Newell says:

    Your webinar answered EVERY question I had. Not only that, the lighting set-up information alone was worth the price of this webinar.
    You are the ABC’s of this business, Amy Jo! Thank you. You are such an integral part of my support and guidance in my career, you have no idea! Your information is priceless and always spot-on. I am so glad that God put you here doing what you are doing. All I need to do is follow your information.

    Happiness to you today and forever for all you share!

    hugs and a smile,

    PS Looking forward to auditioning for you one day.

  9. Richard890 says:

    I done monologs but when it comes to another person its harder because i don’t want to pay $60 – 70.

  10. La Trice H says:

    Thanks for this great tip Amy! I also invested in your self taping donimination video and the information there is priceless!!! I really appreciate everything you share with us!

  11. Jasper Thomas says:

    I agree with you. Thank you Amy.

  12. Alexander Stine says:

    I’ve been running a self-tape service in NYC for about 3 years now, and I absolutely agree.

  13. Niceto Darcey Festin says:

    This video was perfectly timed for me. I literally just was asked to submit a self-taped audition. Thank you Amy!

  14. Daisy Eagan says:

    Thank you so much for doing these videos, Amy Jo.

  15. Ava Parnass says:

    great tips thanks… I play your videos for my teen interested in the business thanks! Ava

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