Stage 32 TV Acting Lab: Master Your Self Tape Audition + Mock Audition Review with a Casting Director

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Taught by Taylor Nichols

$249
Lab Schedule (4 sessions):
Monday, Feb 15TH 4 - 6PM PST
Monday, Feb 22ND 4 - 6PM PST
Monday, Mar 1ST 4 - 6PM PST
Saturday, Mar 6TH 11AM - 1PM PST
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Class hosted by: Taylor Nichols

Actor (HBO's PERRY MASON, Hulu's PEN15, THE WALKING DEAD)

Taylor Nichols is an award winning filmmaker, theater director and actor with over one hundred credits to his name. He is currently on the Emmy-nominated Hulu show PEN15 and the HBO smash-hit PERRY MASON. Taylor has also appeared on shows such as Emmy and Golden Globe nominated THE WALKING DEAD and PRISON BREAK, the cultural hit DIRTY JOHN, Emmy-winning MODERN FAMILY, 24, Golden Globe nominated THE MENTALIST and many more. In addition to acting, Taylor is an award winning short filmmaker and an experienced producer with feature credits including THE NEXT STEP and CASE 219. Taylor brings to Stage 32 more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry and is ready to share with the community the skills and lessons he’s developed throughout his career. Full Bio »

Summary

Only 12 Spots Available!

You will record co-star sides and guest star sides and send them in as a mock audition review with a casting director to get feedback! Exclusively through Stage 32

"5 out of 5 stars!" - Morgan M. 

 

Today, more than ever, self tape auditions are an integral part of the casting process. This is even more true in the age of social distancing. And due to the convenience self tapes provide and tight deadlines casting directors often operate under, more roles are cast via self tape auditions than ever before. Understanding how to set up, craft, and shoot a self tape can be the difference between landing more roles and having your talents fall by the wayside.

There is a legitimate art form and craft that goes along with preparing a self-tape audition, and it’s not necessarily the same process or skill set as in-person auditions. To 'pop' on the screen and to stand out to casting directors out of all the other tapes is no small feat. And like any discipline, this requires practice, forethought, strategy, and a focus on craft. As the industry continues to move towards more self tape auditions, and now that production is beginning to resume, pilot season is around the corner, and new roles and opportunities are finally available for actors, there is no better time to hone this skill set than right now.

Taylor Nichols is an award winning filmmaker, theater director and actor with over one hundred credits to his name. He is currently on the Emmy-nominated Hulu show PEN15 and the HBO smash-hit PERRY MASON. Taylor has also appeared on shows such as Emmy and Golden Globe nominated THE WALKING DEAD and PRISON BREAK, the cultural hit DIRTY JOHN, Emmy-winning MODERN FAMILY, 24, Golden Globe nominated THE MENTALIST and many more. In addition to acting, Taylor is an award winning short filmmaker and an experienced producer with feature credits including THE NEXT STEP and CASE 219. Taylor brings to Stage 32 more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry and is ready to share with the community the skills and lessons he’s developed throughout his career.

Over the course of three weeks, Taylor will work one on one with you on practicing and mastering the art of self-tape audition, all from the comfort of your own home. Taylor will begin by breaking down how best to put together your own self-tape, from performance tips to slating to where to place the camera to how to actually export and safely send the video. Taylor will provide you with both costar and guest star sides from current TV shows and work with you one-on-one in a class setting to hone your self-tape audition. Finally, Taylor will hold a mock self-tape audition by sending you brand new sides for you to prepare and tape ahead of the final class. In the final session, Taylor and a currently working casting director will review your tape and offer valuable feedback to take with you.

With the casting landscape is changing so much, Taylor will offer vital guidance for you to stay ahead of the curve and do the work right in order to nail self-tape auditions and get the parts you’re after.

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • This lab is designed for actors of all levels interested in improving their craft and audition skills
  • This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • ***Only 12 Spots Available***
  • This class will consist of three weekly sessions. There will be an additional session on the third week where Taylor and a currently working casting director will review your self-tape audition. In this session you will receive valuable feedback and have the opportunity ask questions.
  • Mock audition is strictly for education purposes and not for any employment opportunities
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the TV project development process.
  • To see the full acting lab schedule, see below under "What You Will Learn".

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 12 students and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an award winning and nationally recognized actor is an incredibly valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Amanda at edu@stage32.com for more information

 

 

 

Praise for Taylor's Past Stage 32 Acting Lab:

 

"As a working SAG-AFTRA actor, I've begun to lean toward one-on-one coaching sessions with trusted local resources but my experience with Stage 32 and Taylor Nichols was one of the highlights of 2020 for me. I wish this was an on-going class. As a teacher, I found Taylor to be extremely generous with his time, and refreshingly insightful with his feedback and guidance. In many ways it felt like a one-on-one class but with the added bonus of learning while watching other talented actors of different age groups, and styles work and evolve with Taylor's suggestions. My experience from beginning to end is something I'm grateful for and am now actively seeking out my next Stage 32 class."

-Lisa R.

 

"I thought Taylor's Monologue lab was fantastic, he was super friendly and inviting and created a safe place for everyone to comfortably practice and not be afraid of judgement. The class felt like a small little family learning and growing together. I give the class 5 out of 5 stars for being everything I hoped it could be and learned exactly what I needed to learn in it. Which is rare."

-Morgan M.

What You'll Learn

PRE-CLASS PREP

Taylor will send you a contemporary costar role audition sides (under five) to prepare and memorize ahead of the first class.

 

Session 1 – FUNDAMENTALS AND TECHNIQUES OF SELF-TAPE AUDITIONING

  • Class Introductions
  • General Audition Techniques
    • Taylor's 5 steps to master for a successful audition performance
  • Pros and Cons of Self-Tape Auditions Compared to In-Person Auditions
  • Slating
  • What to Wear
  • Camera Placement and Framing
  • Choosing the Best Take
  • Technical Tips
    • File types and how best to export your audition
    • Who to send you’re tape to
    • The safest way to send your taped audition to ensure it will be successfully delivered
  • Audition Workshop
    • Taylor will work with each student on preparing for and taping auditions using the costar sides he sent before class
  • Q&A with Taylor

 

Session 2-AUDITION WORKSHOPPING - CO-STAR SIDES

  • Taylor will continue to work with each student on preparing for and taping auditions with the provided contemporary costar sides

 

Session 3– AUDITION WORKSHOPPING PART 2 - GUEST STAR SIDES

  • Taylor will continue working with each student on preparing for and taping auditions, this time with longer guest star sides he will also provide before this session.

This week’s assignment: Taylor will send you new contemporary sides for you to prepare and record  as a self-tape audition and send in to Taylor before Session 4 begins

 

Session 4 – MOCK AUDITION REVIEW WITH A WORKING CASTING DIRECTOR

  • Taylor and real casting director will review each student’s taped auditions and provide valuable feedback and notes
  • Students will have the opportunity to ask any questions about their performance or casting in general to the casting director

About Your Instructor

Taylor Nichols is an award winning filmmaker, theater director and actor with over one hundred credits to his name. He is currently on the Emmy-nominated Hulu show PEN15 and the HBO smash-hit PERRY MASON. Taylor has also appeared on shows such as Emmy and Golden Globe nominated THE WALKING DEAD and PRISON BREAK, the cultural hit DIRTY JOHN, Emmy-winning MODERN FAMILY, 24, Golden Globe nominated THE MENTALIST and many more. In addition to acting, Taylor is an award winning short filmmaker and an experienced producer with feature credits including THE NEXT STEP and CASE 219. Taylor brings to Stage 32 more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry and is ready to share with the community the skills and lessons he’s developed throughout his career.

Schedule

Session 1 - Fundamentals & Techniques of Self-Tape Auditioning - Thursday 1/21/21 -4pm-6pm PT

Session 2 -Audition Workshop Part 1 - Co-Star Sides - Thursday 1/28/21 - 4pm-6pm PT

Session 3 - Audition Workshop Part 2 - Guest Star Sides -  Thursday 2/4/21 - 4pm-6pm PT

Session 4 -Mock Audition Review with a Casting Director - Saturday 2/6/21 - 11am-1pm PT

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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