Online Class Details
Dates: Wednesdays, June 24 – July 15. 4 weeks.
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm Pacific Time. Online.
Ideal for: Advanced Actors who are currently working with self-tapes and want to up their game. By application or invitation to be a working participant. No prerequisite to observe. **There are no makeups, refunds, substitutes, transfers, or deferments for any classes.** (Cancellation Policy.)
Cost: $299 USD to participate. $149 USD to observe.
Where: Online via Zoom.
Check out our other Zoom classes HERE.
What is the perfect self-tape? Is that even possible?
There is no perfect. “Perfect“ isn’t human. Or surprising. Or compelling. Perfect is an idea, not a practice or an art.
The perfect “Perfect“ requires letting go of exactness, of a need to control every piece of the work, of trying to be what “they’re looking for” and to “get it right.” It’s being brave enough to throw the rules and restrictions out the window.
No matter what you’ve been told… just following some perceived prescription about self-taping or re-creating an audition scecario is the antithesis of showing up and being seen. The perfect self-tape is actually a living, dynamic piece of work. It’s the magic of a camera capturing a fully-realized, deeply engaged human being who is completely free, alive, surprising, and bold as hell. The perfect self-tape feels like the movie or show is being realized, moving your audience on an emotional level, no matter the genre.
But this requires a significant shift in what you think a perfect (or even effective) self-tape might be.
Be the actor who adopts a new way of self-taping and shows up on camera with presence, with ease, with power, fully dropped into the story, all cylinders firing. Be the actor whose self-tape grabs the attention of every casting director, director, producer, and executive. Be the actor who books work consistently off of your self-tapes.
It’s so doable. And Risa’s going to show you how.
Risa Bramon Garcia has been casting, directing, producing, and teaching for 40 years. She’s seen it all. She watches hundreds of self-tapes every week and has been casting off of self-tapes for decades, and now more than ever. She knows what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Corey Parker brings his 35 years of acting, coaching, and teaching experience, with a deep professional commitment, love of the craft, and acute sensitivity and talent to every moment of the work. He has the amazing ability to get actors to produce personal, truthful, bold work. He’s insightful, nurturing, and skilled in helping actors bring their personal story to the narrative in the most authentic and powerful way.
Join Risa + Corey for 4 weeks of self-tape insight and practice, and change your work on-camera forever!
Spots are limited, for both working and observing participants.
BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION for working actors who are in the process of self-taping and want to become more present, specific, and comfortable in their self-tape experience.
Self-tape Mastery Today
You’re home and you need something constructive and creative to do, working on your craft, your artistry, and your career.
We are in a unique moment in time when we are seeing each other in virtual spaces every day — when the camera is on and we’re being asked to be fully present in front of it. As actors, you’ve likely had an idea of “acting on-camera” or perhaps you’ve been clueless about it, especially in your self-tapes. But suddenly you’re being asked to show up online, to make Instagram videos, and to put yourself on tape with no direction. Self-tapes reign. And they’re going to reign for a very long time.
When the Industry starts up again, and it definitely will start up again, self-taping will be the first thing we all turn to- especially before in-person auditions resume.
Self-taping has already dramatically increased in the way your work Is being seen, so it’s time to understand how to do your absolute work in the self-tape arena.
You’re now expected to do highly professional, high-level work in your self-tapes. That does not mean technically; that means working with authority- like you would in a film or show- on your self-tape.
Self-taping has amazing possibilities, ways in which you can show up full, present, and free.
The online world of now- on Zoom and other platforms- is creating a new reality of intimacy and presence on camera. This will change our self-tapes forever.
Don’t you want to figure this out now? Don’t you want to be able to show up with the full force of your talent?
For 3 of the weeks you’ll send in a self-tape and watch together in our Zoom class. 1 week you’ll do it LIVE. This is the perfect platform for your work together. Each week you’ll get real-world input from Risa, and address all of the self-tape challenges and pitfalls, along with learning ways in which to free your work and show up fully on-camera. The material you work on will be a variety of scenes chosen by you and/or Risa. You’ll be expected to self-tape directly for class at least 3 of the 4 classes.
This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.
Studying with Risa at The BGB Studio was a gift that will keep on giving. Her years of service in this Industry and her wealth of knowledge are essential to not only the actors' work, but the work of writers, directors, producers, and creative execs. The focus on bringing your true, authentic ...Read More
Studying with Risa at The BGB Studio was a gift that will keep on giving. Her years of service in this Industry and her wealth of knowledge are essential to not only the actors' work, but the work of writers, directors, producers, and creative execs. The focus on bringing your true, authentic self to “the work” is paramount, and that’s where The BGB Studio shines. I feel blessed to have been welcomed into the community she and Steve created. Thank you!Read LessDonnie Smith THE LINCOLN LAWYER
I am in London, so to be able to take this class was incredible, because I miss so much being part of the BGB community. Risa encourages and nurtures you to find your own personal resistance to self-taping. She helped me find mine, and now with my own new mantra of giving myself permission to ...Read More
I am in London, so to be able to take this class was incredible, because I miss so much being part of the BGB community. Risa encourages and nurtures you to find your own personal resistance to self-taping. She helped me find mine, and now with my own new mantra of giving myself permission to be free, I am on my way to embracing my auditions in all their forms. I am also enjoying becoming a filmmaker at the same time. I hope Risa, Steve and the team will continue to teach via Zoom, connecting our community across the oceans.Read LessHENRY HEREFORD CROSSBONES
This was such a great self-tape class! Having Risa as a teacher is such a gift and I keep coming back! This class really took the mystery and fear I had about self-tapes away and I now feel ready and confident to send one off! I have taken a handful of classes at BGB and I always learn so much...Read More
This was such a great self-tape class! Having Risa as a teacher is such a gift and I keep coming back! This class really took the mystery and fear I had about self-tapes away and I now feel ready and confident to send one off! I have taken a handful of classes at BGB and I always learn so much! It's a wonderful community to be a part of.Read LessCassidy Brown GREY'S ANATOMY