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Dear Katie,

I'm applying to some summer programs by video this year, and I can't afford a professional videographer. Is it OK to film an audition video on my phone? What can I do to make it look polished?

Lindsay


Dear Lindsay,

Take heart: Few summer programs expect students to submit professional-quality videos. Many actually prefer something less polished, technologically speaking, because that means they won't be distracted from you and your ability. They don't want the edited version of you—they want the real you!

A phone video will work just fine. Make sure you turn the phone horizontally to get a wider shot. Lighting is also key. Find the brightest studio you can, so that your technique won't be obscured by shadows. Finally, edit as little as possible. Cut-and-spliced combinations are a big red flag to program directors. Try to do every combination or variation in one take.


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