Columbia College Chicago Alumni and Students Invited to Learn ‘The Art of the Self-Tape’ Aug. 5

The Columbia College Chicago Career Center invites members of the Columbia College community — including alumni, current and prospective students and their parents, and faculty and staff — to a Zoom panel on “The Art of the Self-Tape” on Wednesday, August 5, at 7 PM CST.

Noelle Humbert

The panel will include Noelle Humbert, assistant to the chair of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department and a former talent agent with Gray Talent Group.

Even before the whole world went virtual due to social distancing, self-taped auditions were already becoming the new norm for being seen by casting directors hundreds or thousands of miles away. Now, they’re the industry standard for theatre, film, and TV. So, how do you make sure you’re presenting yourself in the best light possible – literally and figuratively – when filming your own audition? Join a roundtable of entertainment industry experts as they answer your questions about the virtual casting process, techniques to set yourself up for the best performance possible, and how to self-tape on a low (or no) budget. After the workshop, every participant will be provided with audition sides that they can film and submit to the panel for feedback. To register for the event, click here.

Not sure how to find the perfect cast for your project during a pandemic? The Career Center will also present an online master class on “How to Cast Remotely” on Thursday, August 6, at 5 PM. Whether due to COVID-19 or the increasing ease that the internet has introduced to casting talent from all over the world, the number of projects that are cast virtually is on the rise. Sarah Clark, casting director and owner of Compass Casting, is an expert in navigating this terrain. She’ll guide you through the casting process with a casting director, what to look for when you’re casting, and how to cast a project all on your own (if you’re brave enough!). To register for this event, click here.

The Art of the Self-Tape” and “How to Cast Remotely” are part of the Columbia College Career Center’s “Free Summer Film School” series. The Career Center develops programs and services to provide Columbia College Chicago students with self-knowledge, experience and connections to industry in order to develop career confidence, enhance their employability and pursue meaningful career-related experiences. By fostering and maintaining partnerships with faculty, staff, alumni, and employers, the Career Center creates a community of advocates that support students’ interests, passions and values to help navigate the path from college to career.