The Audition/Self-Tape Practice In-Studio

Level up your auditions + self-tapes

Class Details

Teachers:

Sydney Walsh with Shane Connor & Ashley Rideaux

Class Dates:

Saturdays, July 9 - August 27.  8 Weeks.

Time:

2 - 5:30pm Pacific Time

Ideal for:

Actors looking to dig deeper in their auditions & self-tapes. By application or invitation.  **There are no makeups, refunds, substitutes, transfers, or deferments for any classes. (Cancellation Policy) (Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements) 

Cost:

$649 USD for 8 weeks. $379 due as a deposit to secure your spot, $270 due after class 2

Location:

In person at The BGB Studio with 1 Online classes

We have to embrace it: Auditioning will never be the same.

However, you have a unique opportunity right now to be inside (and ahead) of the change that is happening- as the Industry embraces a new way of working. During the best of times, auditioning on-camera can feel daunting. Add in a global pandemic and the Industry redefining how it works with actors, and you may be feeling like your career will never be the same.

You’re right. It won’t be. 

You’re now expected to do highly professional, high-level work when auditioning or self-taping from home. That does not mean technically; that means working with authority- like you would in a film or show. Working this way 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 is changing auditioning forever.

Now is the time for your craft and your audition practice to evolve. This 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.

What?

No matter what you’ve been told… just following some perceived prescription about auditioning or self-taping is the antithesis of showing up and being seen.  Your best audition is actually a living, dynamic piece of work — happening in real time and moving your audience on an emotional level. So… be the actor who adopts a new way of auditioning and shows up on camera with presence, with ease, 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 — no matter where in the world you are.

It’s so doable. And this class is going to show you how!

Over the course of 8 weeks in-Studio (with a few classes on Zoom), Sydney will challenge you to hone in on your authentic voice and all the power YOU hold every time you show up for an audition or self-tape. You’ll explore the work right from where YOU are now, and acquire practical tools to level up your on-camera work by bringing your boldest, truest, most joyful self to every audition or self-tape, including work on Zoom, where the work is proving to be deeply personal, authentic, and present. Working this way has amazing possibilities. It’s what our new reality offers, and we’re embracing it fully!

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 which you get to re-forge a connection to your authentic voice and to the specifics of the story and relationships in any scene on-camera.


BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION.

Everything changes the moment you apply!

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The work...

Each week you’ll work in-person most of the time, along with a couple of classes on Zoom in order to keep you connected to self-taping and what auditions feel like in the virtual space. Each week you’ll get real-world input and tackle all of the audition and 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. The work will be recorded and sent to you for your PRIVATE review.  And you’ll also do some self-taping at home and bring it in for review and coaching. Here you get to do it all!

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.

"I’ve studied with a few coaches and teachers over the past few years, and I can honestly say that Sydney is for sure one of the best. Sydney is real, authentic, and so compassionate about ensuring her students push themselves and bring out the best they can offer. I had a great time and will look out for any of her future classes!”

- Kieran Roberts, UP COUNTRY

"If I hadn’t been in BGB classes, I don’t believe I would’ve booked not only my first job in LA- but my first self-tape audition, period! The work we do in class has fundamentally changed the way I look at self-taping and auditioning. What you say about not worrying about small things, the technical, but focusing on the work. That it’s about the other person in the room. And most importantly, about showing up, taking leadership, and bringing yourself to the work. I mean, that right there, that’s Gold! For it….THANK YOU! I am so grateful for you for all of it, everything!"

- Glenn Thomas Cruz, KIDDING

"I was freaked out about self-taping big time. I’ve always relied on facilities but with Covid, I had to learn how to do this. I live alone, am not technical, and was quite intimidated about this class. All that went away upon my first session. Loved the class! Ironically, our last exercise was to tape a self-written monologue. As life goes, I had to write a monologue and tape if for a feature right as I got this assignment. It was so easy for me to do and I couldn’t have felt so confident about doing so if I’d not taken this class."

- Roslyn Cohn, MANK

"I can’t really give a better testimonial than what happened during my time in the class. Two days after our down and dirty dive into self-tapes for auditions I had one such self-tape. Through the practice of what Sydney had taught us in class about how to really bring yourself into the audition, using the space effectively, and connecting with who and where I am, I got the callback from the self-tape and booked it! This is a great educational space to let yourself be free to explore the life of you that you uniquely bring to every audition. Many thanks and I’m looking forward to furthering myself here."

- Daniel Mills, SMASH

Being in class and community with @sydsource and my classmates is, hands down, the best part of my week. I'm off of class this month and miss it...can't wait to be back! But if anyone out there reading this is on the fence about BGB, I urge you to give it a try. It's changed everything for me. Being able to connect and respond as a human to another human in real-time, whether in person or on Zoom is everything. It's fulfilling and restorative, and coming off of isolation, it's the antidote to stagnation and fear. For me, being in class at BGB is an act of radical self-love. Sydney's the real deal and I always find something new as an actor and human under her guidance. ❤

- Sarah Sypniewski, Clown Car: A Love Story

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