‘THE CASTING GUILD SELF TAPE LIBRARY”


and Actors Benevolent Fund Donation – Press Release

Over recent weeks, in line with other Screen Industry Guilds, the CGA conducted a survey of members about Covid-19 which included questions about what initiatives we should look at while navigating this weird period of time.

A clear theme of the responses was to find ways we could help and support actors in this period and utilize in the best possible way the time we all have.

As a result, last week the Casting Guild of Australia donated $5,000 to the Actors Benevolent Fund, and this week we are launching THE CASTING GUILD SELF TAPE LIBRARY.

THE CASTING GUILD SELF TAPE LIBRARY

To make the most of this time and be productive, the CGA are joining forces with Casting Networks® in calling for Australian and New Zealand Actors to send us a self tape, helping us create a unique 2020 Library that all CGA members can use as a reference moving forward as the industry re-opens in coming months.

We are calling for Self Tapes over a 3 week period – divided into age groups.
Week 1 – Monday 11th May – Ages 16-19 & 20-29 years old (Deadline Sunday 17th May) Week 2 – Monday 18th May - Ages 30-39 & 40-49 years old (Deadline Sunday 24th May) Week 3 – Monday 25th May - Ages 50-59 & 60 and over (Deadline Sunday 31st May)

Each week a tape will be chosen at random to win a Casting Networks 12 Month Premium Membership & a 12 Month TheBizBook membership. Prize winners will be announced Monday 8th June.

At the end of the process all CGA members will receive a link to the Casting Networks Library to use as a reference for future projects.

How to Submit a tape:

  1. Make sure your Casting Networks account is up to date – latest photo and a recent C.V. and ensure your Agent (if Freelance, your contact details) and base location are all up to date.

  2. Prepare any 1 (one) scene you like – maximum 3 minutes – your tape needs to be made and uploaded in the weeks/dates above, can be done at home, reading with a flat mate or family member. Or perhaps another alternative is reading with another actor via Zoom or Skype – PLEASE respect all social distancing regulations in your home state.

    

  1. Include an I.D on your tape stating the following (and also hold up a piece of paper containing the below information as well):

    Project name: The CGA Self Tape Library Your Name
    Age Group
    Agent

    Or Phone number if freelance Base Location

  2. Make sure your entire file is UNDER 100MB in total. We cannot accept larger files.
    We can only receive .mov or .mp4 files
    Save your file by your full name as it appears on Casting Networks
    Create a link for your tape with downloads enabled to email us ie VIMEO, HIGHTAIL, DROPBOX, WE TRANSFER etc.

  3. EMAILING YOUR LINK:

    Email all tape links to: selftapes@castingnetworks.com.au

    CLEARLY STATE:

    Subject: THE CGA SELF TAPE LIBRARY – your name (as it appears on Casting Networks) & the specific Age Group you fit into

    In the body of the email type:

    Your Name

    Agent (or contact details if Freelance)

    Age Group

    Base Location

    Your Link so we can download the audition – if password protected make sure to include the password on email

For any tips re self taping please see:

https://corp.castingnetworks.com/downloadable-guide-for-self-tapes

We can’t accept tapes after the deadline for each age group.

Tapes should NOT be uploaded to any social media site or account (due to copyright for the scenes you chose to send us).

The CGA’s Casting Directors are all excited and looking forward to the opportunity of seeing your tapes. Have fun doing them!

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