Casting Director BONNIE ZANE BACKSTAGE: “A Guide to the Casting Process, From the First Read to Meeting the Network Execs” “Because everything is now viewed on tape, many actors will not be physically in the room with the producers or casting director. They could be on location filming or living elsewhere. Almost as important as your audition is who you have reading opposite you. We have seen bad off-camera performances tank auditions for actors.”
So for an effective self taping, get a great coach and reader/camera operator with Caryn, rooting you on!
BEFORE REQUESTING A TAPING TIME, check availability at the SCHEDULE page, book your hour online there, and look for an confirmation email.
FIND OUT ASAP FROM YOUR AGENT:
WHAT ARE THE ENCODED VIDEO SPECS the Casting Director requires? (Do they want a mailed file or a clickable link of your work?) Caryn can deliver the first 2 options quickly within 10-20 minutes after our session. For other options, your agent and you will have to download from our cloud link and then you upload them ( click on each site to see their specs) :
- FASTEST: VIA EMAIL: as mp4 attachment, sent to you via Hightail.com or via WeTransfer.com
- DROPBOX: your account- the simplest and now my personal favorite ! first 2gb are free. Gives you URL to look at an uploaded file or others can download. Bring your id and password. You are in complete control of archiving your shoots and No Advertising or distractions.
- VIMEO : go to “How do I upload a Video?” topic . But Basic VIMEO is slow and the pix deliberately down graded to get you to upgrade plus they wait 45 minutes or so to have it online It uploads faster if you have VIMEO PLUS ( 9.95/mo. fee) . BRING your ID and Password required.
- ACTORS ACCESS ECO CAST 310-276-9166 (press 1 if you’re a Talent Rep or CD, and 2 if you’re an actor.)
Taping only and you upload the MP4, bring an SD card $75 hour or Caryn can send you via Hightail
Coach, direct, read with Caryn, upload $150/hr ( coaching discounts options below)
Tools: HiDef Camera, Directional mike, great lighting, professional backdrop, props, help with hair, makeup and costume choices until you are happy.
Please be prepared , memorized as best you can, and aware of the time spent. 2-7 pages are doable in an hour. More than 8 pages or 3 scenes may take longer and the fee will be greater. The more prepared you are, the faster the session.
PLEASE READ THE COACHING PAGE TO PREPARE FOR SESSION .
Any other questions, call or text 818.693.4625
FACETIME/ SKYPE COACHING OPTIONS: If you can’t get to the studio quickly or it is late in the evening, we have already have Skype set up (if you have a high speed connection and an eyecam on your computer). Facetime: to email@example.com Skype id: carynwestcoach
RATES and PAYMENT OPTIONS below:
With OPTION ONE 3 hr.s , saves you $150 in 3 sessions on the hourly rate. You will fill out a coaching card at your first session and have 2 hours future credit to use at anytime with no date restrictions! (You don’t need a PAYPAL account to pay, you can use a Debit or Credit Card and also have their option to Bill Me Later -no Payments or No Interest if paid in 6 months in installments .)
Card Usage, Cancellation and Reschedule Policies: If you wish to cancel: Up to 7 days before you use the card, we will refund all. No refund occurs after that. No transfers. No make-ups or credit to classes with this purchase. Bounced check fee is $30.00. We reserve the right to reschedule Caryn for professional or personal reasons. But you have unlimited time to use the card for hourly, ½ hour or multiple hour coaching in person or online.
Caryn West is the only teacher selected on both coasts as one of the best “THE BEST AUDITION COACHES” in the BACK STAGE West and East 2009 polls. She has coached and taught for over 25 years on both coasts. She went to the AFI’s DIRECTING WORKSHOP WITH WOMEN , has taught at the undergrad level at USC’s SCHOOL OF THE CINEMATIC ARTS film school, and On Camera acting at CAL ARTS and the Lee Strasberg Institute, so she’s pretty handy around a camera. See the “About” Page for more on Caryn and how she works.