SELF TAPE HINTS - Instruction for adding footage to your profile, or to send footage to our bookers when requested by a client.
With the ever increasing industry competition and surge in commercial opportunities, having a self tape on your profile could really boost your chances of being selected by a client over another artist. Instead of displaying 'beautiful' images, you can show your character, accent, confidence and camera presence, all in one short home made video. The films play automatically when your profile is viewed by a client and is attached to our lightbox and z-card submissions.
Many clients are insisting on agencies only submitting artists with video on their profile, so it really is something to consider.
Read these audition instructions carefully and be sure to take the necessary time to post online successfully. There are the three steps to follow; preparation, recording & uploading.
There is also a section further down below for artists who have been requested to self tape by a client.
What you’ll need:
· Email address
· Computer with internet
· Video camera (or any device that can video, phone, Ipad etc)
· Youtube account (unless specifically instructed by a booker)
Camera: Nowadays, most modern laptops come with a webcam installed. Those will do just fine. If at all possible, try to use a higher quality camera. The better the quality of the image, the better we can see your performance.
Location: Make sure your recording space is indoors as the sun is too bright and will overexpose your recording. Do not use filters, or edit the video at all, the client will know!
Background: Use a plain background. Try to avoid white walls if you can, or can look too clinical.
Audition: Please limit your recording to (2) minutes. You may want to go through several renditions and select your favourite. It’s ok if the audition runs a little over two minutes. This time restraint is more of a helpful suggestion as the next step is the most time costly.
Content: Always ensure you begin by introducing yourself by your name and agency (Bizzykidz). Natural chat is good, explain your hobbies, interests, aspirations, likes and dislikes. You can also display singing, dance, or any other skills on your video. Humour is always good, to keep the client engaged, make you memorable and, of course, likeable.
You are able to add more than one video and the videos can be changed as many times as you like in a 12 month period. First you need to activate the video facility on your profile (when you log in, below the sign to 'edit profile').
Sign up for a free YouTube account (www.youtube.com). If you don’t have an account, it only takes a few minutes to set up. Auditions over two minutes may run anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to upload, depending on your internet speeds and connections.
Upload to Youtube: After you choose your audition, upload that video to either YouTube or Vimeo. Make sure that your privacy settings are “PUBLIC”. Or you can set to 'RESTRICTED', or 'UNLISTED' so only those sent a link can view it. Do NOT make it 'PRIVATE' or it can't be viewed at all. Go to your page to view your video and make sure it’s uploaded correctly.
Add to your profile: Click on your youtube link and copy it. Double check that the link works. Log into your Bizzykidz profile and add the link into the video section which will now appear as it is activated. To check it has added correctly go back to dashboard, click view profile and it will appear underneath your images.
Some clients will want to see a child in action, performing a particular task, or speaking a certain line before coming to audition. This helps narrow the field for them and often saves unnecessary travelling for parents. If the client has not provided a script, or particular action then introduce yourself and chat to camera providing interesting facts about you and your personality. The email from the bookers will be clear on what they require so please read it carefully before filming.
WAYS TO SEND VIDEO TO AGENCY BOOKERS - NEVER EMAIL VIDEO, IT IS TOO LARGE AND BLOCKS OUR SERVER!
1) YOUTUBE - The easiest way and preferred way for clients is to sign up for a free YouTube account (www.youtube.com). It only take a few minutes to set up and is free. Auditions over two minutes may run anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to upload, depending on your internet speeds and connections.
Upload: After you choose your audition, you need to upload that video to YouTube. Make sure that your privacy settings are “PUBLIC”. Or you can set to 'RESTRICTED', or 'UNLISTED' so only those sent a link can view it. Do NOT make it 'PRIVATE' or it can't be viewed at all.
Email: Click on your youtube link and copy it. Double check that the link works. Email this link to the email address you have been given to submit or firstname.lastname@example.org
2) VIMEO - A similar method to youtube (above), go to www.vimeo.com and follow simple instructions to upload and send us a link.
3) WETRANSFER / MY AIR BRIDGE - Go to www.wetransfer.com, an alternative company www.myairbridge.com. These are a free way to transfer large files safely and efficiently. If using a mobile device there is an App, but its easier to send via computer!
i) Select the free option, if requested. You do not need to sign up for anything!
ii) Agree to terms if asked
iii) Add your files
iv) Enter email@example.com into the "Email to" field.
v) Enter your email
vi) In the message field enter your child's name, and any reference given by the booker i.e. job name etc. (NOTE: If you do not put anything in the message field we will have no idea what or who it is for, we handle many self tapes daily, so it will be returned).
You will receive an email notification when it lands in our email and we forward immediately to the client.
Whichever option you use, we will forward immediately to the client and contact you immediately the client contacts us.