In a recent social post I asked my subscribers and FB friends what acting tips should I share next and the consensus was how to do effective Zoom Auditions! And with the industry leaning toward more at home Zoom auditions, it sounds like a great idea, afterall Eco Cast Auditions have started and these few steps can help represent yourself at your best, so let’s do it!
You Need a Good Background so you are not showing your office, bedroom or living room.
I recommend Blue – Gray pop up collapsible background from amazon! It can get to you in less then three – four days. This will give you options- if you are wearing blue and match the blue you don’t want to look like a floating head. So use the gray! And vice versa.
You’ll need effective lighting. Unless you have great natural light coming from windows- always position yourself looking at the window and never have a window behind you.
If no natural light
I suggest Ring Light Neewer is a brand that I like.
Its large enough and gives the best control of light. Link is below. Come swith a iphone or smart phone hook up in the center of the ring.
Also you can get Soft box light kit. Poostion higher than your face and a sloght angle down. You in the middle so ther is a nice cross light so no shadows behind you.
Using the reader
Go to the gallery view in ZOOM to have only you and your reader and place a post over your face so not to look at you.
Where is the best place to look.
You can use your reader but make sure they are close in proximity to the camera on computer. I suggest 2 inches to the right or the left of cpmputer camera is a great spot. The space is different on computer camera then a regular camera. Same for the phone.
Use any tape to mark if more than one person is in the scene and need more than one point of attention.
How far to reach with your vocals? Pretend the person is exactly as far as the computer or phone screen.
Practice using your hand (as I demonstrate in the video) extended facing your hand to you so you can imagine the person in the zoom room into your room.