Online Class Details
Dates: Fridays, July 24 – August 14. 4 weeks.
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm Pacific Time. Online.
Ideal for: For actors looking to master their self-tapes. 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 to observe.
Where: Online via Zoom.
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 scenario 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 this class is going to show you how!
Corey Parker has been at this awhile, and he’s dedicated to a process in which you learn to pivot in this new direction the Industry is calling for by letting go of old habits and trusting more than ever your authentic creative instincts. You are valuable as an actor, and finding where your unique voice meets every piece of material is your key to powerful work, in your auditions and self-tapes.
Sydney Walsh brings her extensive, real-world experience as a working actor, director, teacher, and coach- along with her deep love of the work, of deep human connection, and of bold choice-making on camera- to each class. She creates a revitalizing and safe space- in the virtual classroom- in which you get to re-forge a connection to your authentic voice and to the specifics of the story and relationships in any scene in your self-tapes.
Join Corey and Sydney 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.
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.
As the Industry starts up again, and it definitely is starting up, self-taping is the first thing we are all turning 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 ready?
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, 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 your teachers. 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.
Corey is honest, supportive, and an incredible actor's director. Throughout the course, he helped me understand where my instrument is blocked, and guided me through it so that I could fully embody the character and bring the scene to life each week. Corey has a unique way of helping you get t...Read More
Corey is honest, supportive, and an incredible actor's director. Throughout the course, he helped me understand where my instrument is blocked, and guided me through it so that I could fully embody the character and bring the scene to life each week. Corey has a unique way of helping you get to the core of the writing in order to bring yourself to the role in genuine, specific way. I am incredibly grateful for him and his class!Read LessHailey Hansard YINZ
My favorite story about Syd is early on when she worked with me on an audition. It was for the role of a plumber, and I had decided that I would play it as a stereotypical tough-guy plumber. Syd coached me to find the part in me, approaching it from a truthful place of innocent, lovable, charm...Read More
My favorite story about Syd is early on when she worked with me on an audition. It was for the role of a plumber, and I had decided that I would play it as a stereotypical tough-guy plumber. Syd coached me to find the part in me, approaching it from a truthful place of innocent, lovable, charm that I naturally possess. At the audition as I sat in the waiting room, I began second-guessing the choice as I heard actor after actor go in and play the tough-guy plumber. I decided to stay the course, though, and brought to life my naïve plumber who loved his job. The casting director reading with me kept reacting to me in the strangest way, and I left thinking that it was a disaster and that I would never work again. I didn’t get the job. However, I was called in two more times by that office for the same show, and each time I found the part from within instead of pretending to be whatever result I thought they would want. On my third effort, I booked the show! A few months later, the same casting director called me in straight to a producer session for a pilot.
That is the essence of what Syd does for me and many others. She takes someone with great potential and acting skills and unlocks work that is truthful, unique, malleable, and ultimately castable! Syd changed my entire approach to auditions. I no longer have the ‘me vs them’ feelings so many of us experience. When given redirects, I no longer have the crushing thoughts of being judged flooding my brain and hijacking my concentration away from the person trying to help me. Thanks to Syd, I now see auditions as collaborations among artists, regardless of whether or not the end results in a match.Read LessJoseph Warren AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1985
After surviving a brutal pilot season, I took Corey’s class to find whatever it was that I thought the casting directors and producers and network executives weren’t seeing in me. Pretty quickly into the class I realized that they weren’t seeing me because I wasn’t giving them me. I was giving...Read More
After surviving a brutal pilot season, I took Corey’s class to find whatever it was that I thought the casting directors and producers and network executives weren’t seeing in me. Pretty quickly into the class I realized that they weren’t seeing me because I wasn’t giving them me. I was giving some bizarro version of the me I thought they wanted. I will forever be grateful to Corey for showing me how to bring myself to the material, and ultimately, the joy back into my work.Read LessPaulina Bugembe Love on Netflix
Corey created an atmosphere in which to feel safe and vulnerable. I could feel the growth with each class and it gave me an urge to want to be better and the need to work on my craft daily. I recently had an audition and was truly surprised at the level of confidence I had in the room and lead...Read More
Corey created an atmosphere in which to feel safe and vulnerable. I could feel the growth with each class and it gave me an urge to want to be better and the need to work on my craft daily. I recently had an audition and was truly surprised at the level of confidence I had in the room and leading up to it. I did not obsess over the lines, nor worry about how I may sound or look. I was fully engulfed by character and allowed that to lead me. It turned out to be a great audition! With his wisdom, great energy, and stressing the importance of self care, I can truly say I gained a lot of knowledge about myself and my craft! Thank you Corey!Read LessTrishauna Clarke Greater