Tips for Making the Perfect Audition Video

We are presently living in a period in which an ever increasing number of parts of our lives are going remote, and media industry is the same. It is becoming very common for actors to submit home-recorded audition video tapes, auditions which can be immensely helpful for various job openings . . . that is, if the recordings are done well. Obviously, it’s at last your ability that will get you the gig, however a decent quality video will improve your performance and make your tape standout from all the rest. The key to the majority of this is whether you have friends who have access to gear/have the specialized know-how to set up your lighting or sound, definitely connect with them–these ideas are for individuals without those assets. That being stated, here are a few ideas on the most proficient method to make the ideal audition video:

Tips for Making the Perfect Audition Video

  1. A Clean, Well-lit Place: Choosing where to shoot your audition video is vital. In a perfect world, you ought to shoot some place with an impartial background–the last thing you need is for the casting director viewing your performance to be occupied by the blazing numbers on your alarm clock. It doesn’t need to be a stark-white wall, yet at the end of the day, the emphasis ought to be on you. Also, don’t stand right against the wall. Indeed, even two feet of space between you and the foundation will give some depth and make the shot considerably more tastefully satisfying. Additionally, a covered room is perfect since it keeps sound from bouncing around (more on that later), and for comparable reasons, a room that is shaped oddly or has inclined roofs is likewise a decent decision. At long last, pick a room where you will have control over the lighting.
  2. Furthermore, While We’re on the Subject of Lighting: Like we stated, you need to shoot in a room where you have control over the light. You can utilize natural light (i.e., light through windows), yet make a point not to stand right in front a window–if you do, the window will look excessively bright and you will be in shadow. Or maybe, you can stand just to the side of one. Soft lighting is the most complimenting, so you can adjust the lights inside the space (lights, overhead lights, what have you) to accomplish that. One approach to do this is to put a light blind over a window or utilize a lampshade to diffuse the light. Another lighting issue actors keep running into now and then is they get shadows on their appearances. To keep away from these, there are a couple of things you can do.
  3. Sound check, 1-2-3: From a technical outlook, sound might be THE most essential segment of your audition video, and sadly, it’s one of the easier elements to mess up. In the event that you can utilize an external mic (i.e., one that joins to your gadget rather than an inherent one), particularly a lavalier mic, or “lav” mic, (these are the ones that you see attached to individuals’ garments in interviews–they look like tie clasps), that is perfect. In the event that you can’t, there are approaches to amplify your sound in quality with your built-in mic.

Who knows, making the perfect audition videotape might make you a famous actor like Stephen Collins is. Stephen is not only an actor but also a writer, musician and a director. He has worked in various shows and films. In addition to that, he has even written some pretty awesome books. So what are you waiting for? You could be that person too! Press record on that video camera!

Using Powers for Good

There are many celebrities that we know who use their powers to spread good amongst people. This can be through awareness of certain facts, humanitarian work, and many more things. Being people that are popular amongst most of the world population, it is easy to spread the word far and wide. Some of these celebrities include Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Shakira, George Clooney and Bono.

The first thing that you’ll notice as you see those names is that they are all based towards humanitarian projects with the aim of bettering the lives of those that are less fortunate. They are giving back to the community in the best way that they know how. There are other celebrities that can give back to the community in other ways, and this includes Stephen Collins. The experience that he went through slightly over 20 years ago, living with the guilty burden and trying to find a solution, is something that other people should also ape.

Using Powers for Good

Stephen Collins is known for his role in the popular WB show, 7th Heaven, where he played a moral minister and father to a large family. He admitted to inappropriate sexual encounters with minors, the last one having happened over 20 years ago. Since the incidences occurred, he sought therapy to find out why he did it and how he could stop it from happening again. When I think about all the personal anguish that he has gone through over those twenty years as he tried to make things right, I believe that he deserves our forgiveness.

It was not like he was the one that made the information go public. He and his ex-wife had been attending therapy sessions to salvage their marriage. During one of the sessions, he decided to open up about his past without knowing that she had secretly brought in a recorder and was taping the whole thing. She released the tape to TMZ and everything suddenly burst into the light.

Collins never tried to make good of his past due to public pressure because long before that, he was already trying to make things right. Here is what he had to say to Katie Couric during an interview, “I had dealt with them [the sexual incidents] very, very strongly and committedly in my private life. I think I’m a human being with flaws and I’ve done everything I can to address them.”

He also said, “I deeply regret the mistakes I’ve made and any pain I caused these three women. I admit to, apologize for, and take responsibility for what I did.”

With such a sincere effort to address his shortcomings and having lived with it for twenty years, it is only right that we have his back and support him through the process. He lived a clean life for more than 20 years after the incidences, trying to make things right, which included not apologizing to his victims, since that would have opened up old wounds for them. He worked with at least three of the twelve steps of recovery as mentioned below:

  • (step 5) Admitted to God, to himself, and to another human being the exact nature of his wrongs.
  • (step 8) Made a list of all persons he harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • (step 9) Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

We are not sure if the therapy addressed the reasons behind his behavior in the first place. Chances are that he himself was probably the victim of sexual assault in his childhood. These types of sexual behaviors don’t arise out of nowhere, something had to trigger them, something from his childhood. Chances are he himself was probably a victim too.

This is a message worth passing on to other people because Stephen Collins showed the world that when you make a mistake, you should acknowledge the mistake and try to find solutions as well as seek help where need be.