Do you have your self tape set-up ready to go? When you get that audition notice, do you feel excitement… or dread?

SO many auditions are being sent as self tapes nowadays, so it’s crucial that you have everything you need prepped and ready to go. Often you may not have time to call your friend who has a backdrop or rent space at a studio.

A good friend of mine once got an audition at 5pm… due at 9pm…

So what happened? She had her set-up ready to go, called a friend to come over and read, and then got it done! (Then they celebrated with a glass of wine, obviously.)

In this #GuruTip I’m showing you my set up in my apartment. The color of my backdrop may surprise you!

What does your self tape set-up look like? Is it doing all it can to give you the best self tape audition possible? Learn a special secret that can make your set-up work just for you with this #GuruTip from @ActResourceGuru @Ajarae! #SelfTape #ActorsLife #ShareClick to Tweet This Episode of #GuruTips!

Remember – casting knows you’re not in a casting office because they’re the ones sending you the audition! What’s most important is that you do great work and that it can be seen.

Now I want to hear from you! Do you have a self tape set-up ready to go? If so, what does it look like? If not, what are you going to do to make sure you’re prepared when you get that audition notice? Share in the comments below!

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Ajarae Coleman | Acting Resource Guru



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Ajarae Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at to be notified when the doors open for new members.


  1. Sound was a major problem for my self tapes. The audio level was low, sounded distant, and was echo-y using the on-board mic integrated with my camera. I tried a lavalier mic, which helped, but the better solution was to get a shotgun mic mounted on a boom mic stand. The mic has an XLR connection that plugs into an audio interface which plugs directly into my camera. The audio now has presence and good volume. I should also mention that it helps if there are curtains or upholstered furniture in the room to absorb some of the sound bouncing off hard surfaces.
    All that said, I completely agree with your main point that the acting is the key ingredient.


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