- At 7pm each day (in your own time zone) you and the entire group will be emailed an audition piece with a new character for you to inhabit.
- The challenge is to interpret and explore the character, learn the lines, film your self-tape and upload the file – all within 24 hours, when the next audition piece is delivered.
- Repeat for 21 days until you are in a state of peak readiness for any acting opportunities.
- It’s that simple.
We think this will give you the best shot at being able to read the material, come up with an interesting take on the character, learn the lines, sleep on it – and then find the time to tape it the next day. We appreciate it is a quick turnaround, but most real-world auditions or self-tape requests follow this kind of schedule. If you can handle this you can handle anything.
Can You Interact With The Other Participants?
Yes, a strong community spirit is at the core of The 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge.
You’ll be able to view each others self-tapes and offer words of encouragement, support and constructive criticism in a private and safe environment (all footage is hosted on a secure, password protected site). You’ll see auditions from a casting director’s point of view – you will watch multiple actors’ approaches to the same role, allowing you to explore what creative choices they made with regards to the character, their delivery, their clothing and use of props. You’ll learn what works in a self-tape.Plus, you will have a chance to see first-hand the technical approach that other actors are taking – framing decisions, lighting set ups, camera choices, what software they use to edit. All of this information is shared and discussed, tips and techniques exchanged.
The course invites collaboration. You are able to start your own discussions on any topics you find interesting, or ask any questions of the group – who come from all over the world with their own opinions and unique experiences. We want you to be there for each other.
It is easy to share photos, videos and chats safely and securely within the system – you’ll never have to share your contact details with anyone unless you want to.
What Kind Of Material Will You Receive?
The audition pieces have been carefully selected from film, tv and other works and encompass a range of genres and technical styles. They gradually become more difficult as the course progresses and your memory muscles strengthen. We start you with simple short monologues using everyday language. These get longer and we start adding more complex phrases (e.g. scientist and medical roles). Then we ask you to perform scenes with multiple characters, so you can learn how to handle the challenges of self-taping without a reader present.
By the end of the course we aim to have you ready for anything a casting director can throw at you.
Are There Any Other Reasons You Should Do It?
Hopefully you’ll find receiving new material every day and sharing your work with your colleagues motivation enough but here are some additional incentives:
- All participants will be invited to attend an online Q&A hosted by Manuel that takes place at the end of the course.
- All participants are eligible to enter The Acting Habit Community – where you can join graduates of previous courses, keep your new habit active, and much more besides – details supplied during the course.
We hope that you’ll be inspired to get the Acting Habit by taking the 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge and look forward to seeing you on the course – thank you for reading!
Manuel and the Puro Casting Team, 2018
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Testimonials from the January 2018 Group
“This course is tremendous! A safe and supportive space for actors to learn, explore and improve. I am much more confident in my ability to navigate the technical challenges of self taping. This course has improved my confidence and reduced the time it takes me to memorize lines. This is a truly unique experience, invaluable to every actor in today’s industry.” Nicola Peluso
“This was the best decision I’ve made towards my career in a long time. It’s made me feel powerful and re-ignited again! The course is invaluable for practical information about setting up, the things you thought you knew are improved and refined, everything is made slicker and quicker! It allows you to take risks and chances and gives you the confidence to just go for it! It’s an absolute no brainier signing up and I would do it all over again!” Hayley Norris
“The benefits of learning lines, scene analysis, character development, delivery and technical knowledge while valuable in themselves are then compounded by the key to all of it – the daily deadline. At times you’ll curse it, but this discipline quickly gets you up to pace and then so well-drilled you won’t know yourself. Repetition is the mother of learning and while that certainly applies to the process of self-taping here, it is also in seeing your classmates take the same text and interpret it in so many creative and imaginative ways. Every. Single. Day. Thank you!” Oliver Murdoch
“I wanted more structure in my acting life and now I have just that! Sharpened technical skills, being able to learn lines and tape faster, do a quick turn around of the self-tape, play more with my environment and characters and make bolder choices! In love with this course! And of course all the tips Manuel gives along the way! Priceless!” Valeria Sweet
“On the first day, within the first few lessons my self-taping skill had increased a thousand fold because of what I was learning. Such a challenging, bold and beautiful course with artistry squarely at it’s core. Do it! Dive headlong into each day and as you go along your technical mastery of self taping will be so solid that your acting is given the space and the frame it deserves. By the end you will be an actor transformed!” Paul McLaughlin
“I wanted to hit the ground running in 2018 and this course certainly did that for me. Creativity, learning lines, script analysis and all the extra technical issues which we need going forward in this industry is all wrapped up in a wonderful 21 day self tape course. Watching and commenting on other actors work and therefore seeing different interpretations of the same script is amazing too. The best £30 you’ll ever spend on your acting career! Do it!” David Ellard
“This has been such a useful exercise, finding the discipline and honing the skills with a constant deadline! It isn’t called a challenge for no reason, but I have learnt technical skills, as well as confidence boosting, relaxing in front of the camera and totally speeding up the whole self tape process. On top of that it has been utterly fascinating watching all the other amazing actors interpret the same script in their own individual ways. And to top it all that hideous and paralysing fear of line learning has been somewhat smashed! And yes, creating character has become a skill that has improved too, somehow doing it over and over has opened my imagination so I can get creative much more quickly. Basically, this is a load of FUN! Thank you, totally recommend it to every actor.” Elaine Ward
“I have learned so much in this last 21 days. It has been an amazing experience, I would definitely recommend it to others from trained actors to beginners like myself, I can’t tell you how watching everyone’s different interpretations has given me so much to think about. I feel more confident with the technical side. Thank you Manuel and to everyone else for the support.” Rebecca Easen
“This is the best professional course I have ever done. I always avoided self tapes like the plague – no more! This course has stopped me making all the non acting excuses e.g. I don’t have time, I am rubbish with technology, I don’t have the right equipment, I don’t have a reader. On several days I had 10 minutes to film, edit and upload and I managed it! I have professional lights, my line learning is quicker, I have loved the creative freedom to make bold character choices and have learnt so much not just from Manuel but also the incredible actors on the course. Thank you and until next time!” Nadia Nadif
“The worst part of being an actor, for me, is the ‘space’ between jobs, between auditions, where I’m still and actor but feel a bit like a fraud! I’ve often thought to myself that I should use this ‘space’ to learn scripts for fun for practise, but I’ve never fully committed, until now! This course has been such a positive influence. I am learning scripts in record time. I am the most tech confident I’ve ever been and the best part for me is my self belief has blossomed. I have felt like a legitimate, I am worthy, I have a right to be here, genuine actor. Everyday! Thank you Manuel, and thank you fellow creatives. It’s been a blast.” Julia Leyland
“I have loved every bit of this course, even my sticky ‘no can do’ moments (learning to get comfortable with the discomfort) have given me tremendous insights. With so much structure aligned to this 21 day challenge, it really has felt like lifting, toning and getting those acting chops in gear every day, to move on to new levels of growth spurts and achievement. The difference between this, and anything else I have previously undertaken, is that this has really got me fairly and squarely imagining what life would feel like, to work like this in the real world, everyday, for a living! Forever, for ever, ever, ever! “Not a bad way to earn a buck!” Thank you Manuel, your tips, advice and feedback have been amazing! I’m already showering the joys of this experience around to anyone who’ll care to listen!” Gracy Goldman
“Fabulous to be pushed by a daily deadline on this course as it really does train you to be on top of the technology and set up, leaving more precious time for learning lines and creating a character. I’d recommend it to every actor who is keen to learn and open their minds to new tricks! Huge thanks to Manuel and to the rest of the guys for support and input!” Gillian P.
“One of the most invaluable acting courses I have ever done! I surprised myself with the choices I made every day because the pressure of there being a potential job at the end of each tape was off! I enjoyed every minute and feel very confident now that my tapes will be a much higher standard.” Rose Reade
“A very well thought out course indeed. This challenge is just what the doctor ordered and has given me confidence on so many levels. Thanks again Manuel! Will definitely be recommending this course to everyone.” Max Panks
The next course starts on Saturday, March 3rd 2018.
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