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Building a home studio doesn’t need to cost a fortune.
We’ve curated a few of our favorite items to inspire you!

1 Tripod

This is essential for a professional looking tape. You never want to hold the phone selfie style, or have your reader hand hold either. We would suggest investing in a reasonably priced one if you shoot a lot and will be setting up and breaking down each time you tape. We threw in the expensive one just in case your budget can handle it and you love buying kit!

1 Device Tripod Mount

Unless you’re able to get a tripod/mount package deal you’re going to need to attach your phone to the tripod. We’ve tested all these clips and actually use the one that’s under $7!

Lighting

Lighting is THE most important aspect of a self tape… well your acting is the most important but lighting is pretty much #2. Casting directors want to see you so they can cast you! Window light straight on is great but you can also invest in studio lights. As long as the light is bright, white and flat (there are no harsh shadows on your face) you’ll be good to go! The basic principle is to have a light either side of the camera so you’re lit the same on both sides. You can get all fancy and have a hair light but it’s not necessary. As long as we can see you, your eyes and there are no dark shadows!

We’d suggest getting two of each of these:

Backdrop

Make sure it’s simple and not distracting. We would even suggest ironing a wrinkly sheet. If you can set up hooks on the ceiling even better. And use painters tape so you don’t mess your walls up!

1 Tripod

Throw one of these in your hand luggage and never worry about wonky self tapes on your hols or on the road.

(Mega Tiny case would be used with window or on a mirror with lights)

Lighting

If you don’t have access to a large, bright window in your hotel room or your old room at your parents house, these lights are great. We love the GlowMe and have tested it extensively. You might want to do some light testing to find your perfect travel companion so you can relax on your trip knowing you’ll look your best!

(Mega Tiny case would be used with window or on a mirror with lights)

Backdrop

If you don’t have access to a large painted wall or clean, simply wall papered wall, just chuck a large sheet in with your t-shirt! You’ll want to take tape that doesn’t rip walls.