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Self Taping School

Take Your Auditions to the Next Level

Devised and delivered by Australia’s most experienced Casting Director, Greg Apps.
You will be shown how to deliver auditions from the Casting Directors perspective
with personal individual feedback every week.

Next STS Course starts January 2020

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What is Self Taping?

There is a difference between self taping and self testing.

  • Self Testing: When the director/ producer has given you a script for a particular role
  • Self Taping: When you produce your own self tape to promote yourself and your work

Self taping is where actors fall down.

How do you promote yourself the right way? How do you know your brand and what is the best way to champion your talent?

Every actor needs to know how to self tape. Now more than ever!

More and more auditions are through a self test, and what a major opportunity this is for actors.

The most basic question is where would you be more comfortable to do a great audition? In a cold hostile and unfamiliar casting studio with bright lights and people scrutinising you? Or in the comfort of your own home?

Dumb question right?

In our position as Casting Directors we are hearing more and more actors requesting if they can self tape rather than come in and audition for us. But then, they self sabotage. They do not understand the fundamentals of how to deliver a memorable and engaging self tape.

They have the script, point the camera and say their lines…….. but does their audition pop?!

To be a good auditionee you need to understand how to ‘pop’ in a busy Casting Directors day.

It is very easy for us to scroll through after the first 30 seconds without seeing your brilliant work. Why? Because you didn’t engage us.

Our Self Taping Online Course teaches you the do’s and don’ts of the self taping process as well as the things that work and that things don’t.

How do we know? Because we see dozens of self tests and self tapes every week in our busy office.

Why Self Taping School?

Actors who are currently self taping ask us – why do I need Self Taping School?

The answer is always the same… “What is your success rate, 2 out of 10, even 5 out of 10?”

How would you like to achieve 8 or higher?

These are the kind of results our students are having once graduating from our Self Taping School and you could too!

Don’t believe us? Click here to take a look at our graduate testimonials.

What We Don’t Teach

We don’t teach you where to put the camera, nor where to position the lights or what type of microphone you should be using. All these basic details can be found free on online (though we do touch on all these things and more in both classes and our private Facebook Group).

You see, we are not like other actor audition training courses.

What We DO Teach You

In our Self Taping School you learn how to communicate with casting directors. How to work as a team with your agent rather than waiting for the phone to ring; but more importantly we teach you what makes a casting director champion you to the director so that you get the part.

 

As a professional screen actor, it is a necessity to master self taping which is why Self Taping School is delivered by an actively working, leading casting director in Australia – Greg Apps.

What You’ll Get

Personal feedback and mentoring

You will get weekly feedback to grow your confidence but empower you to create memorable self tapes.

A supportive online community

Become a member of our private supportive and encouraging Facebook community.

Build your self tape library

Build or expand your self tape library for you to showcase and help get your talent seen.

Live webinars and Q&As

Tune into the two live webinars and ask your questions live in the Q&A that follows directly after.

Weekly self taping activities

Each week you will be given a selection of scenes and genres to shoot and share with the group.

Flexible online course

You could learn from your lounge room in your pajamas. Join actors from all ages and backgrounds globally.

IMDb Profile

Meet Casting Director, Greg Apps

Greg has been casting for over 38 years and has seen hundreds of thousands of auditions over the years. He has also been responsible for putting numerous stars in their first stand out roles. Some of the names I have helped discover include Russell Crowe, Eric Bana, Jacki McKenzie, Rachel Griffiths, Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and more recently Geraldine Hakewill in Channel 7’s break out series ‘Wanted’.

He began his career as an actor. He has walked the red carpet, and performed in musicals, in theatre, on TV and film. Because he was an actor, he knows what you go through. He has sat in the waiting room and has felt the despair at not getting an audition for a role he desperately wanted. Being a casting director he’s also seen the other side. He’s witnesses so many talented actors stumble at the audition and make silly little mistakes that could have easily been avoided. So he decided to do something about it, to pass on his knowledge and experience to help actors audition like a pro.

Weekly Genres

Each week you will deliver a self tape in a different genre with Greg providing his personal feedback straight to your inbox.

Auditioning for Prime
Time Television

Auditioning for Soap
Opera Television

Auditioning for
Romantic Comedy

Auditioning for
Comedy

Auditioning for Film
& Cable Television

Your Brand
Week

Lesson Breakdown

Get personal individual feedback every week from an awarded Casting Director and audition mentoring over 6 weeks with our online course.

Week 1

Lesson 1 – The possibilities of Self Taping

How has the digital world changed a Casting Directors day and how can actors insert themselves into his or her world? Learn how a self tape communicates and gives the actor creative control.

Lesson 2 – Think like a Casting Director

Stop thinking like an actor and get into the head of a Casting Director and make a lasting impression. What is the Casting Director judging you on? What makes you stand out? We’ll teach you how to cut through the noise and stand out in decision maker’s minds.

Lesson 3 – Targets & goals

What do you do if the Casting Director knows you but doesn’t get you in for a role you are perfect for? Learn how to encourage these decision makers to give you another opportunity. We’ll show you how to use self tapes to build your character repertoire.

Week 2

Lesson 4 – The best character qualities

Are movie stars the best actors? If it is not their ability that gets them noticed and keeps them in work then what does? Do they have a magic formula? Discover the best character qualities which help actors make a connection.

Lesson 5 – Traps of the Audition Space

The audition space is the most uncreative space in the actors world and the place where you are are most vulnerable. You need to take ownership of your audition experience. We help you delve into the choices about your actions in the space.

Week 3

Lesson 6 – Make your character decisions

This lesson will show you how to simplify your entire audition without relying on the script. What is your version of the audition character? Greg Apps provides critical insight into capturing this character.

Lesson 7 – Magic Moments & Rhythm

We help you capture those ‘wow’ moments in a bottle and deliver it in an audition. Learn about magic moments and how to avoid conformity in your auditions.

Lesson 8 – Motivations & Distractions

We help mold your motivations within the audition scene as well as exploring natural distractions that help you stand out from the crowd. Learn why the punctuation is less important than other elements within the script.

Week 4

Lesson 9 – Your Brand: Part 1

Greg Apps knows what casting directors are looking for and can teach you how to best present yourself. This lesson we teach you how to build your career playing one character and how to deliver your niche. Learn how to recognise your character traits and to embrace them.

Lesson 10 – Research & Unscripted Selfies

What is the difference between a studio self test and an unscripted selfie? Here we learn about what your character needs to portray and how you get that in front of the Casting Director. We also discuss your agent and what they are selling. How has the digital age affected their day?

Week 5

Lesson 11 – Your Brand: Part 2

t’s time to build your brand. Why does this casting director need to choose you and how do you deliver what they are looking for? We help discover and guide your presentation for the better.

Lesson 12 – Status & Relationships

How does status relate to you as an actor? Learn how to substitute your real life relationships and how you relate that to your character. We show you how to deliver a compelling relationship between you and your reader.

Lesson 13 – Your Brand: Part 3

You have now developed your communications tools for specific times and genres. How do you leverage your new found ability through your agent? If you don’t have an agent, no problem. We can help you with that too. You’re ready to sell yourself.

Week 6

Lesson 14 – Character Clues – Fine Tuning

Casting directors are trained to notice the subtleties. We help you fine tune what you’ve learnt to create a persona decision makers want to see again and again.

Lesson 15 – Course Summary

This lesson ties all your skills you have learned over the 6 weeks. You now have the skills to explore and build your career in order to move forward. We summarise all our self-taping audition tips, to ensure you’re ready to deliver your best, when the time comes.

Bonuses

Bonus 1

Live Q&As

Drawing on his experience as an actor and casting director, Greg Apps answers your burning audition and acting industry-related questions.

valued at $468.00

Bonus 2

Exclusive Online Communities

Join our private Facebook and Vimeo groups exclusively for Self Taping School course participants and access a wealth of global knowledge, support and industry connections

priceless

Bonus 3

Audio Mentoring Series

Greg Apps personally shares his insights to prepare you for the world of Self Taping in an exclusive audio mentoring series.

valued at $249.00

Bonus 4

Access to the “Green Room”

Graduates access only! Includes monthly mentoring with Greg Apps, exclusive interviews from decision makers, dedicated private Facebook Group, additional actor resources and discounts.

priceless

What Others Are Saying About It

“On set today up in the Sunshine Coast. Felt compelled to tell two quick stories about how spot on Greg’s teaching is. I had self tests for two productions I’ve been cast in in the past week. The big print in the script for this shoot called for anger and shouting. I switched it to laughing and I dropped the lines where I was meant to be physically fighting. I was told today that they saw mine first and felt they didn’t need to watch the others. Second production had a character with one line. Big print had him enter kitchen and stare out of window. I gave him actions and created a depressed character with physicality. 5 people on set told me how much my character stood out. That’s again Greg”

– Stephen Walker

Genevieve Kent

“I would definitely recommend Greg App’s 6-Week Self Taping Workshop to any actor who feels a little stuck or limited by auditions/self tapes. Greg really helped me take ownership of my tapes, freeing me up and making me feel more confident about bringing my whole self to my work. He gives personalised, specific and accurate feedback to you each week, along with video lessons and webinars, all of which I found super helpful! 5/5 .”

– Genevieve Kent

cam-faull-actor

“Self Taping School was the key contributing course that radically impacted my Acting Career. Starting out with zero technical knowledge of Self Taping, over the 6 weeks, I completely reversed that and became a much more confident and capable artist. Today, several years later, I have just completed the final episode of my award winning web series, working as an Actor, Director, Co-Writer and Producer. STS was the spark that ignited my courage to not only reach my potential as an Actor, but to journey out further as a content creator. I could never have dreamed to have come this far. It is completely due to the mindset and skills that are offered in STS.

– Cam Faull

Join Today & You’ll Get

6 Week Online Course ($1599.00 value)

Lesson 1 – The possibilities of Self Taping
Lesson 2 – Think like a Casting Director
Lesson 3 – Targets & goals
Lesson 4 – The best character qualities
Lesson 5 – Traps of the Audition Space
Lesson 6 – Make your character decisions
Lesson 7 – Magic Moments & Rhythm
Lesson 8 – Motivations & Distractions
Lesson 9 – Your Brand: Part 1
Lesson 10 – Research & Unscripted Selfies
Lesson 11 – Your Brand: Part 2
Lesson 12 – Status & Relationships
Lesson 13 – Your Brand: Part 3
Lesson 14 – Character Clues – Fine Tuning
Lesson 15 – Course Summary

4 x Bonuses ($717.00 value)

1. Live Q&As ($468.00 value)
2. Exclusive Online Communities (priceless)
3. Audio Mentoring Series ($249.00 value)
4. Access to the “Green Room” (priceless)

Total Value $2,316.00

All for just 1 payment of

$549

or 6 weekly payments of $97

(All prices are in AUD & include GST)

Next STS Course starts January 2020

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