Chances are (if you are anything like me) that you’ve never filmed yourself on video camera before. Most people haven’t recorded themselves because it is really not a normal thing to do.
Just because you’ve never shot an audition video before doesn’t mean you can’t create a great one.
Before you even think about shooting an audition video you need to understand how important it is to your casting success.
Your Audition Video Is Everything
You are trying to convince someone who has never seen or met you before, to put you on a Reality TV show. Of course they are going to read your application, but that doesn’t really show who you are as a person.
The only way the Casting Producer can learn who you are and why you would be great for Reality TV is to show them.
Your audition video can literally make or break you. It is your story, sales pitch, and sole chance to get cast on Reality TV in the form of a 2-3 minute video. What you do on your audition video is absolutely critical to your success in casting, so you must have some strategy or plan behind it.
Let me restate this because it is THAT important: if you want to get on Reality TV, your audition video has to have a strategic and focused plan behind it!
Why You Need A Strategy For Your Audition Video?
Having a strategy will allow you to focus on exactly what you need to be doing and it will also prevent you from straying from your storyline. It is very easy to sit down in front of the camera and ramble on and on. Having a strategy in place will keep you on task and relevant to the Casting Producer who will be watching it.
The Two Basic Audition Video Strategies
First, you will need to decide on your strategy. Then, you will develop a pointed plan to follow. Let’s take a look at the two strategies and figure out which one will be best suited for you.
Strategy #1 – Point & Shoot
The Point & Shoot strategy is the fast and easy way to shoot an audition video. It is as simple as setting up a camera (or FlipCam – this is the one I have) and hitting the record button while you talk for 2-3 minutes straight. There is not a lot of time involved in this strategy nor is there any need for editing.
You can have a video like this completed in about 15 minutes, depending on how many times you need to film it.
The Point & Shoot strategy is ideal for someone who is extremely comfortable in front of the camera. If you know you can naturally tell great stories then this strategy is for you.
(If you’re not sure if you tell great stories, ask someone you trust for an honest opinion)
The Point & Shoot strategy allows for the Casting Producers to see who you truly are because there are no breaks in the filming. This type of audition video will show your true personality, quirks and all. Point and Shoot imitates a genuine, non-scripted conversation the Casting Producers would normally have with you in person.
If you struggle in front of the camera, are shy, and don’t feel like you can tell a great story, this is NOT the strategy for you. Don’t worry; I couldn’t tell a story to save my life.
I was also very shy and I didn’t feel comfortable in front of the camera. But I still made it on Reality TV!
If the Point and Shoot strategy doesn’t sound like a good fit for you, don’t do it. If this is the case, you are going to want to use the other successful strategy that I used to create my audition video.
The Production & Shoot strategy is much more involved than the Point & Shoot strategy. Essentially, your video becomes a full-scale production. Your video will take place in a controlled environment with cut scenes, different shots angles, and a semi-professional edit.
This strategy requires more time and effort on your part, but the tradeoff provides you with a better opportunity to be cast.
Using this strategy allows the Casting Producer to get a controlled view of who you are. The best part is that you are the one doing the controlling.
Inserting actions scenes of you at your place of work, or arena of competition, provides a compelling dimension to visualizing your story. There is something about seeing someone in action that allows you to see who he or she really is.
I recommend this strategy for most people, because it worked for me. I was not always comfortable in front of the camera. Shooting multiple audition videos with this strategy allowed me to become very comfortable on camera in a short time.
This strategy will allow you to approach the audition video like a project that can be tweaked, planned out, and perfected. It puts less pressure on you to perform in front of the camera because you can edit it however you want. The only drawback to this strategy is that it does take a considerable amount of time and effort.
If it is truly your dream to get on Reality TV, then all of the time spent on this strategy will be worthwhile.
Build A Plan
No matter which strategy you select, you must create an outlined plan of what your audition video is going to look like. Applicants who get in front of their camera and “wing it” are doomed to fail. With a little preparation, you will set your audition video apart from the thousands of others who apply.
Just Do It Already
It is very awkward to look into a video camera and tell someone how great you would be for Reality TV, but it’s something you have to do. The more you do it the better you will get at it. Even if you don’t want to put your whole video together today, record yourself in front of the camera and get the process started! The sooner you start the more comfortable on camera you will get.