What is the 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge?
An opportunity to act and create – every single day – accompanied by fellow actors from all over the world. It may push your limits, but you’ll be amazed by what you can achieve.
How Does The 21-Day Self-Tape Challenge Work?
- 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.
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 Challenge 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 Challenge 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 a live online Q&A hosted by casting director Manuel Puro that takes place at the end of the Challenge.
- All participants receive one year’s free membership of Acting Habit Plus.
- 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 Challenge.
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, 2021
The next Challenge starts on Saturday, March 13th, 2021.
To secure your place please click on one of the currency links below:
During the coronavirus epidemic a limited number of Pay What You Can places will be available on every Acting Habit and Acting Habit Plus workshop. To join, just click on the relevant link to be added to an anonymous pool. Prior to the start of each workshop actors will be randomly selected from this pool and allocated a place on the workshop. The process will be strictly confidential – the workshop host or the other participants won’t know who the Pay What You Can participants are.
You can give the Challenge as a gift by purchasing a Gift Certificate here:
Testimonials from previous Challenge participants
I would recommend this course to any working actor out there. It has been such a great, challenging, motivating and educational experience. The course is a safe and supportive environment and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in how I approach self-tapes and an improvement in my own efficiency whilst taking the course. I even booked a job from a self-tape audition during the workshop.
This has been such an amazing experience. I’ve loved being part of such a supportive group of actors, and having all this fun and challenging material to learn each day. I have learned so much, especially on the technical side of self tapes, and grown in confidence in the performances I give. I will be recommending this course to all my friends
Self-tapes are no longer a chore, but a pleasure. My memorisation skills have improved exponentially, and I’m feeling fit and whole as an actor. Thank you for a great supportive course, and building a community of actors from around the globe. A must for any actor!
I recommend… no, I REALLY recommend this course to ANY actor out there. It’s done more for me than I ever imagined. I feel the course has made me braver and much more efficient in self-taping and learning lines. Trust me when I say you will only grow from doing this course…it’s been invaluable.
Great course! Very low price and the info was invaluable – I learned just how quickly I can turn self-tape’s round when under pressure. It made me far more confident in what I am doing with self-tapes.
Over these 21 days, I learned to trust my instincts more than ever because I signed up when my schedule was busiest. It was a great advantage seeing how other actors interpret the same piece you were given – it allowed me to see the beauty of each person’s POV and it strengthened my comfort level in having my own originality. Try it out! The busier you are, the more it will pay off: you’ll realise you’re much more resourceful than you knew.
I’ve banged on about this course to anyone who’ll listen. I’ve been amazed I’ve learned so much more than *just* self-taping – I feel I’ve learned loads about screen acting too. It’s a wonderful way to learn real technical skills in self-taping along with being a superb creative experience for any actor. The supportive atmosphere is very freeing, whilst the course content is continually challenging and interesting”.
A fantastic course that demystifies self-taping and gets you acquainted with the technical side of this skill, as well as letting you harness your creativity to make strong choices quickly and confidently. I learned to love self-taping and enjoy taking text and interpreting it in different ways. I learnt a huge amount from watching others’ interpretations of the same text.
Thanks so much for an amazing experience. A very affordable and vital tool for any actor looking to embrace self-taping. My confidence in getting self tapes done and ready to go in no time has grown and grown through the course. You learn so much from watching others and the whole formula of the course just works brilliantly. I’ve recommended this to so many people.
I have learnt so much, professionally, technically, and personally. Its been the highlight of each day settling down to watch the tapes, and receiving comments on my own. The number of different characters that we have been explored is amazing. I used to procrastinate on self-tapes, and now I know i can get one done effectively and creatively, but also efficiently.
The next Challenge starts on Saturday, February 27th, 2021.
To secure your place please click on one of the currency links below:
You can give the Challenge as a gift by purchasing a
Gift Certificate here:
We follow Casting Society of America workshop guidelines:
“These workshops are a learning experience. They are not an audition or employment opportunity. When the workshops are over, the casting director/associates hosting the workshops will not be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials”