Mastering the Self Tape Audition

Take your self tapes to the next level.


Providing an excellent and compelling self tape has to do with more than just your performance skills. Poor lighting, sound or on-camera skills can distract casting from what might otherwise be a wonderful audition.

In this 2-hour class we will go over technique, equipment, and best practices so that your self tapes will pop and show you off to your best advantage. 




  • 20 minutes overview/teaching
  • 10 minutes Q&A
  • 90 minutes scene work

Everyone will work and serve as a reader.  




Approaching the script  – diving into script analysis will empower you to understand and work with your sides and monologues effectively so that you can deliver a nuanced performance that fits the piece. 

Setting up your space at home –  we’ll touch on the technical essentials of self-tape production, including camera setup, lighting, sound recording, framing, and editing. 

Learning to self-direct – No one likes to watch themselves on camera at first, but it’s a skill you must develop if your self tapes are going to get better. We’ll go over how to develop the objectivity to view your performances with an eye evaluating and improving them based on the requirements of the scripts.

Practical application of the work – participants will be assigned sides ahead of time, so please upload your materials (Actors Access page, website, or email with updated photos and resumes included are all fine) to me by October 5th and sides will be emailed to you in the week before the class. 

By the end of this workshop, you will possess a comprehensive toolkit to confidently tackle self-tape auditions and elevate your chances of “booking the room.”  

Note: Open to 10 actors of all experience levels, from beginners to seasoned actors, and language abilities (Spanish or English). Sides provided will be in English.


General Information and Requirements: 


  • Date: Saturday October 21st, 2023.
  • Time: 1 PM – 3 PM
  • In-person class.
  • Place: HOLA Office/Studio (107 Suffolk St # 302, New York, NY 10002).
  • Class will be held in English Language.
  • Maximum number of participants: 10.
  • Duration: The master class will last approximately 2 hours.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the class. The class will start on time.
  • You are required to be present during the whole session. Do not register if you cannot be present for the entire class.
  • No one will be admitted once the class has started. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • There will be pictures taken from the HOLA team during class. By attending this class you consent to and authorize the use and reproduction by HOLA of any and all photography and/or videography that will be taken during the event for any purpose, and without compensation. All digital image and/or video files will be wholly owned by HOLA, who reserves the right to use these images and/or video for publication via HOLA’s website, social media platforms, news releases, and in other communications related to the mission of HOLA and its educational program.


Información general y requisitos:

  • Fecha: Sábado 21 de octubre de 2023
  • Hora: 1PM – 3 PM
  • Clase presencial.
  • Lugar: HOLA Office/Studio (107 Suffolk St # 302, New York, NY 10002).
  • Idioma: inglés.
  • Máximo número de participantes: 10.
  • Duración: Aproximadamente 2 horas.
  • Por favor llegar 15 minutos antes del comienzo de la clase. Todas las clases empiezan puntualmente.
  • Es obligatorio estar presente durante toda la clase. Si usted no puede, por favor, no se comprometa.
  • Una vez empezada la clase, no se admiten ingresos en el salón.
  • El equipo de HOLA tomará fotos y videos durante la clase. Al asistir a esta clase, usted acepta y autoriza el uso y la reproducción por parte de HOLA de todas y cada una de las fotografías y/o videos que se tomarán durante el evento para cualquier propósito y sin compensación. Todos los archivos de imágenes y/o videos digitales serán propiedad exclusiva de HOLA, quien se reserva el derecho de usar estas imágenes y/o videos para su publicación a través del sitio web de HOLA, plataformas de redes sociales, comunicados de prensa y otras comunicaciones relacionadas con la misión de HOLA. y su programa educativo.



About the instructor:

Gladys Pérez is an actor with over 25 years of experience on stage and in front of the camera. As a career coach and writer, she works with actors to create footage for their reels and record their self-tapes with terrific results. She also helps her clients make plans and transform their career outlooks without getting overwhelmed or anxiety-ridden in the process. Her methodology entails powerful practices to generate clarity and a greater sense of agency and power within her clients’ careers and professional development.

As an actor, she has acted in theaters throughout New York, the United States and Europe, in both Spanish and English. She’s been blessed to work with such directors as Miriam Colón, Nelson Landrieu, Richard Maxwell, Estefanía Fadul and others. Her television and film work include roles on Ray DonovanGod Friended MeKevin Can WaitLaw & Order: SVU, among others. She has voiced commercials, TV episodes and films.



Gladys Pérez es una actriz con más de 25 años de experiencia en el escenario y frente a la cámara. Como guionista y asesora profesional, trabaja con actores para crear escenas para sus carretes de actuación y grabar sus self-tapes con excelentes resultados. También ayuda a sus clientes a hacer planes y transformar sus perspectivas profesionales sin sentirse abrumados ni ansiosos en el proceso. Su metodología implica prácticas poderosas para generar claridad y un mayor sentido de agencia y poder dentro de las carreras y el desarrollo profesional de sus clientes. Como actriz ha actuado en teatros de Nueva York, Estados Unidos y Europa, tanto en español como en inglés. Ha tenido la suerte de trabajar con directores como Miriam Colón, Nelson Landrieu, Richard Maxwell, Estefanía Fadul y otros. Su trabajo en cine y televisión incluye papeles en Ray Donovan, God Friended Me, Kevin Can Wait, Law & Order: SVU, entre otros. Ha prestado su voz a comerciales, episodios de televisión y películas.



About HOLA Master Classes series:


In expanding job opportunities for Hispanic actors, HOLA strengthens and supports the available talent pool through its Educational Programs which offers professional development, acting training and networking opportunities for members and the Hispanic community. This is an invaluable resource for artists to further develop their skills, gain practical experience and industry knowledge to support a greater chance of success in their careers. HOLA Master Classes are free for members and scheduled once a month.


HOLA y sus clases magistrales:

En función de expandir las oportunidades laborales de los actores hispanos, HOLA fortalece y apoya el potencial del talento humano disponible a través de sus programas educativos. Los cuales ofrecen desarrollo profesional, formación actoral; además, de las oportunidades de establecer relaciones interpersonales entre los miembros y la comunidad hispana. Este invaluable recurso impulsa a los artistas a desarrollar aún más sus habilidades. Ganando experiencia práctica y conocimientos del área; aumentando así, las posibilidades de éxito en sus carreras. Las clases magistrales de HOLA son mensuales y gratuitas para los miembros.


Cancellation Policy:


  • In the event you need to cancel your reservation, immediately notify us within 24 hrs notice. Please email us at to notify us of your cancelation.
  • Failure to cancel on time will result in one unexcused absence.
  • An unexcused absence will suspend your privilege to register/participate in the next 2 HOLA Master Classes or Workshops.


Política de cancelación:

  • Para cancelar su reserva, debe notificarlo con 24 horas de anticipación a través del correo electrónico:
  • La falta de notificación oportuna o demorada, se considerará una inasistencia injustificada.
  • Cada inasistencia injustificada suspende la inscripción de las próximas 2 clases magistrales o talleres de HOLA.



HOLA would like to gratefully acknowledge Radio Drama Network for their generous support towards our 2023 educational programming supporting art that enriches our culture.



This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.




Saturday Oct 21 2023


1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
HOLA Office/Studio


HOLA Office/Studio
107 Suffolk St # 302, New York, NY 10002


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