Your video audition should include the two monologues as explained above. It should be submitted as an unlisted YouTube video link, in the appropriate field of your application. For information on how to upload an unlisted video, or change your video’s privacy settings, click HERE.
Please make sure you understand the following guidance and instructions, and prepare what is required before you start to record anything.
1. Recording format
You do not have to record your audition with a professional camera. It can be recorded on your mobile phone. The important thing is that you are heard and seen clearly.
IMPORTANT: If you are using your phone to record, please ensure that the camera is not in ‘High Efficiency’ mode. You should be able to check this in your phone’s camera settings. For iPhone, you will need to switch on ‘Most Compatible’ mode.
2. Set up
You can use a stand or surface, or have someone hold the phone/camera for you.
Do not look directly into the camera, but just to one side; to the left or right (if it helps, you can place a chair or mark to be your focal point). If someone is holding the phone/camera for you, you can speak your monologue to them, or a third person to visualise whom you are addressing as either another character or the audience.
If using your mobile phone, shoot in landscape, NOT portrait.
- Background – you must be seen clearly.
Try to record against a plain, light background, with no harsh shadows behind you. Avoid busy, distracting images, and ‘hard’ colours like green and red. Ideally, the background should be plain. Grey can work well for a wide range of skin tones on screen.
- Lighting – You must be seen clearly.
Do not sit directly in front of a window. A window in front of your face and behind the camera will work better. You can also use additional lighting, like the torch light from your phone, stand lamps, or bedside lamps. Avoid hard or awkward shadows.
- Sound – you must be heard clearly.
Check the space you have chosen to record in for sound disturbances. This could involve closing any windows, turning off any devices playing music in the background, air-conditioning, noise/talking/cooking sounds from a nearby room.
3. Audition pieces
You may record both pieces in one continuous shot or film these separately and edit them
together. Please read the instructions below carefully.
In mid shot (waist up – leave a little head room), start by saying your name, Applicant number (e.g. A12345), and tell us which pieces you will be performing (character, title, and author).
Then present your first piece in mid shot frame.
Adjust your position so you are now in long shot (entire body in frame) and perform your second piece. This is an opportunity embody the expressive range of the character.
4. Finishing and submitting your self-tape
- Review your recordings. This will help you pinpoint areas to improve on, including sound/vision quality. Have a break and then repeat the process. Don’t overthink it! As a general rule, try not to film more than three takes.
- You will not be timed, but the length of each monologue should aim to be close to two minutes. Your video should aim to be close to four minutes long in full, five minutes if you are applying for the Singing Actor stream.
- When you are happy, upload your video to YouTube, making sure it is ‘Unlisted’. This means only people with the link can view your audition.
- Your video description should include your name and NIDA applicant number (e.g. A12345).
- Only upload one submission.
- If you have any problems with the upload, contact email@example.com.
Click HERE for instructions of how to upload your video audition to YouTube.