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.
What is Self Taping?
A self-tape is an audition the actor films either in their own lounge room with a reader or in a self tape studio where they pay for the service.
The self tape is requested by a Casting Director (CD) typically via your agent.
You can either choose to record your audition in a self taping studio or in your own time in your own lounge room.
You then submit your audition via an online video hosting platform.
Casting Directors will supply everything needed for your audition and then it is up to you to film and return it to them before the deadline.
As an actor it gives you the flexibility to audition from anywhere in the world. This can save you a huge amount of cost such as travel and accommodation. Furthermore, you can film your audition in an environment you are comfortable with, review, re-shoot and edit before submitting.
Once you are invited to the face-to-face audition you know they have already seen your work and you have had more time to prepare because you have already performed the role.
It enables Casting Directors to have the ability to source new actors by taking chances with actors they don’t know or are not sure they are capable of the role.
For Directors and Producers, it dramatically streamlines the face-to-face casting process because the auditions have been screened prior to this stage.
Why Self Taping School?
As a professional screen actor, it is a necessity to master self taping to create compelling self tests.
Face-to-face auditions are still essential, but self-taping has exploded thanks to the internet and technology to become the essential first step in the casting process.
With timeframes as short as 48 hours, we understand how stressful it can be to shoot and submit your own audition. You’ve got to learn the script, set up your equipment and create a compelling, memorable character.
More and more projects are looking globally for new (yes NEW) talent to present and cast.
The only way to stand out is to create a compelling self tape so that you have a chance to be remembered and potentially cast. This is the goal of every actor!
This is what we teach in our Self Taping School online course. How to be remembered and leave a lasting impression.
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.
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.
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
Auditioning for Soap
Auditioning for Film
& Cable Television
Get personal individual feedback every week from an awarded Casting Director and audition mentoring over 6 weeks with our online course.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
“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
“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