An 'Intro to Camera' video is a super simple, quick way for you to introduce yourself on camera, to give the Casting Professional to get a better idea of how you are on camera.
All you need is a smartphone or something to film on to create a 30-second video, upload it to your profile via our new 'Intro to Camera' section and we'll make your video highly visible on your profile, and when you apply for jobs.
Check out some more examples from our members.
How do I access this feature?
This feature is available on all our of paid membership types: Standard, Premium and Elite.
Every profile will have a button where you can upload an intro to camera video – head to 'Edit my Profile' and you'll see it under your headshot section. If you're a trial member, you'll be invited to upgrade to complete the action.
Please note this feature isn't able to be accessed via the StarNow iPhone App (yet!)
I've been invited to upload an intro to camera video – what does this mean?
Great news! A Casting Professional wants to see what you look like on camera! Upload your video ASAP and we will notify them when it's ready to view.
How will people view my Intro to Camera?
There will be a 'view intro to camera' play button at the bottom on your headshot on your profile (or just beneath the featured images on your profile, if you are using this feature).
Advertisers can also view and filter to see these videos in the application management system.
Please note: your Intro to Camera video will be publicly visible so please don’t include personal details such as your date of birth or phone number.
How long will my video take to upload?
It should take 1-2 minutes.
Do I need to upload my video to YouTube or Vimeo first?
No. StarNow will host these videos on a secure internal system for you.
Do these videos expire?
No, but we do pop a date on them, so Casting Professionals will know how recent they are. If you change your hair colour or style, or if you haven't updated your video in 6-12 months, we'd recommend filming a new Intro to Camera, so the Casting Professional will feel confident they're getting a good idea of what you currently look like.
I don't like the video I did and I want to do a new one
No problem! You can delete your Intro to Camera video and film a new one at any stage.
I need help on what and how to film
No problem! Here are some top tips – especially handy if you're using your smartphone to film!
Get set up to film:
- Film yourself in landscape mode (with the phone held horizontal)
- If you can, prop your phone on a stable surface, so you don't get wobbly/super close up footage
- Find a neutral, tidy background – close that wardrobe, or make that bed!
- Frame yourself so that your head and shoulders are in the middle of the shot – aim for a 'mid shot' so we can see you clearly, and don't cut the top of your head off!
- Lighting! Don't film yourself with strong light coming from behind (Hint: don't stand in front of a window on a sunny day), or you'll just be a dark silhouette. Most of us don't have photographic lights at home, and that's ok! Shoot during the day using natural light and check your footage to make sure there are no major shadows on your face, making it hard to see you.
What should I wear?
- You should look like you, on a good day! It's fine to make an effort with hair & makeup, but keep it reasonably natural – the Casting Professional should recognise you instantly when you meet for the first time.
- Wear something that makes you feel good, but that doesn't distract from your face – avoid hats, really 'busy' patterns or designs and don't even think about wearing sunglasses
What should I say?
- This is a short (30 second) introduction from you – keep it short and simple
- A good rule of thumb is to be yourself!
- Say your name, where you are based, and perhaps include something interesting about yourself. Include details like your age, and height if you like, but don't feel you have to
Example scripts below:
'Hi, I'm John! I'm 20 years old and I live in Sydney. I love to surf, and acting is my passion. I've done some TV ads, and I've just completed an acting for screen course.'
'Hi there!I'm Sophie and I'm from London. I'm an experienced model and I'm confident and relaxed on set. I'm 5'8" and a size 6.'
'Good morning, I'm Mike. As you can hear, I have a Scottish accent, but I'm currently based in Manchester. I'm an actor and you can check out my work on the showreel on my profile. I'm often cast in bad guy roles, probably because I'm really tall!'
How do I upload my Intro to Camera?
Your video should be less than 200Mb (keep it under 30 seconds and you'll be fine). Most standard file formats like Mov and Mpeg are all accepted.
- Head to your StarNow profile, and go to 'Edit my Profile'
- Select the 'Add an Intro to Camera' button and follow the upload instructions
- You don't need to load your video onto YouTube first – we have a secure hosting system and will store your video for you
- If you have any problems, just email us for help at firstname.lastname@example.org
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