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By Jodi Wincheski
June 12, 2014 at 8:19am
Tips to Making an Amazing Race Audition Tape
Your audition tape is one of the most important parts of the application process. It’s a way for us to see who you are and your personalities.  It’s like a really awkward first date and you’re trying to impress us to get us to ask you out on a second date. So don’t be boring!
-          First, understand what show you’re applying to. Actually, watch a couple episodes! Tailor your audition tape to that show. As much as The Amazing Race is about travel and adventure, the core of the show is about relationships. It’s the relationship between the partners that’s the most fascinating element of the show.
-          Be yourself!  The best audition tapes are videos where we get to know who you are. It’s not about putting together the best skit or wearing the wackiest costumes. We’re looking for real people and we want to know the real you. We don’t want to hear scripted and rehearsed lines. You are NOT an actor!  You can be as creative as you want and definitely have fun, but don’t let a scripted skit dominate your entire audition tape. It’s incredibly difficult to know who you are when you’re being a fake character or doing random accents.
-          This is NOT a job interview so have fun with your video. Imagine you’re in a bar drinking beer with your friends.  Bring that level of energy and personality. Remember, you’re trying to get us to go on a second date with you!
-          Be creative! Unless you have an amazing personality, just sitting on a couch in a dimly lit room and talking to a camera is probably not going to help you. Think about the show you’re applying to and craft your video to relate to the show.
-          Sometimes showing us something on video is more interesting than just telling us. For example, it’s one thing to say you can make a fire, it’s more believable and impressive if you actually build one on tape.
-          Don’t read cue card. We can tell you’re reading something and you are not really impressing us with your reading ability.
-          Definitely ask your friends and family to help you out with the video. Actually, have someone hold a camera and shoot your video for you.  We always get people shooting with a tripods and the framing is always off.  If you’re not technically inclined, ask your nerdiest friends and family to help you edit your audition tape.
-          We understand that not everyone is a video editor. So don’t stress about editing or trying too hard to impress us with your editing skills. Sadly, there’s no Emmy for Best Editing in a Reality Show Audition Tape. Sometimes simple and to the point works.
So what stuff should you talk about in your video? Obviously, you don’t have to include every topic below but this should give you an idea of what are good topics to discuss in your video. Just remember everything you talk about should some how show us your personality or relate directly to the show.
-          Talk about the show.  For example, why do you want to be on the show? Are you diehard fans of the show since season one or are you new fans? What’s so amazing about the show that you’re going to get off your couch and apply for the show? What challenges excite you? Who are your favorite contestants?
-          Talk about your relationship.  The most important part of your video is you talking about your relationship with your partner. Define the relationship. For example, what are the strengths and weaknesses of your relationship? Is your relationship totally dysfunctional or are you a solid team? Are you working through relationship issues? Are there things you want to prove to your partner? How will the show help/harm your relationship?
-          Does your team share a common characteristic? Some teams have interesting common traits like a job, lifestyle, hometowns, or personalities. Are you cowboy brothers from Wyoming, dating Goths, stockbrokers from Wall Street, married blueberry farmers from New England? Shoot any footage that can illustrate this bond. For example, cowboys riding horses, Goths dancing in a club, and the blueberry farmers working the farm on a tractor.
-          Do you come from a unique region or state? Talk about where you’re from and how it’s a part of your personality. For example, are you from The South where you know how to use “Southern Charm” to get what you want? Are you proud to be from Boston and you have a wicked Boston accent to prove it? Did you grow up on a Texas cattle ranch and you know what hard work really is? Or maybe you grew up in a hippie commune in San Francisco? Did you grow up in a small town in the Midwest or did you grow up on the streets of Los Angeles? If you can, shoot footage of where you’re from so we can see you in your everyday environment. For example, a farmers on the farm with the chickens and the pigs, the New York City stockbrokers in a suit on Wall Street, or the Alaskans on a dog sled. 
-          Talk about your job and how your job skills may help you on the show.  For example, a bartender uses his people skills to convince people to leave tips, a lawyer knows how to argue a point, an Army sergeant knows how to lead a group, and a college athlete will do well in any physical challenges. If you have an interesting job, show us footage of yourself at work and what you do on a daily basis.  If you wear a unique uniform or outfit for work, you may want to also include footage of yourself in your uniform. For example, firemen in their uniforms next to a fire truck, doctors in scrubs in an operating room, or the donut shop owners selling donuts.
-          Have you overcome any challenges or obstacles in your life? Sometimes it becomes a cliché on a reality show but these life changing events shape who we are and our personalities.  For example, have you won a battle with a cancer or watch someone you love die? Did your parents divorce when you were a kid or did watch your mother struggle as a single parent? Have you beaten drug addiction? Did you overcome a learning disability or were you the first person in your family to graduate college? What life experiences will help you compete on the show?
-          Talk about your family. If you’re married or have kids, you may want to show us footage of your family. Everyone always loves seeing parents with their kids. What do your kids mean to you? Were you a single father, a teenage parent, or do your kids just drive you up the wall?
-          Talk about the skills you’re going to bring on the show.  For example, do you have navigation skills and can read a map? Are you well travelled? Can you flirt with people to persuade them to help you? What skills are you bring to the show that will help your team?
-          How athletic are you? The Amazing Race is a physical show and to do well, you have to have some sort of athletic ability. For example, did you play any sports in high school or college? Do those sports relate to any of the challenges on The Amazing Race? Even if you’re not an athlete, do you work out? Do you lift weights, go to yoga classes, or jog around the block? Do you enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, or rock climbing? Does your job require you to be physical everyday? For instance, a delivery truck driver lifts heavy boxes, a waitress is on her feet the entire day, and a farmer does a lot of manual labor around the farm. Shoot some footage showing how athletic you are.
-          Do you think you can win the show? What are you going to do to make sure your team is the winner? How hard are you going to fight to win? What are you going to do with the prize money? Convince us why we need to put you on the show.
 Lighting Tips
-          If shooting indoors, make sure to shoot in a well lit room with lights in front of you to light your face.
-          Avoid shooting in front of a window with bright sunlight streaming in, this will cause silhouetting
-          When shooting outdoors, avoid shooting with the sun directly behind you, this will also cause silhouetting.
-          Shoot during the day so we can see you instead of trying to see you in the dark.
Audio Tips
-          Speak loudly and clearly
-          Find a relatively quiet area to shoot your video so ambient noises won’t distract from what you’re saying.
-          If shooting indoors, avoid shooting in loud and crowded rooms where your voice will be drowned out by other people.
-          If shooting outdoors, avoid shooting in loud areas and when it’s windy.  The wind will distort the microphone.
Music Tips
-          Feel free to creatively use music throughout your video.  However, we want to
      both see you and hear you so avoid using music underneath the parts where     
      you’re talking about yourself.
Camera Tips
-          Your video will be shown on a TV.  Please shoot your video like you would see it on a TV.  Please shoot landscape (horizontal) and not portrait (vertical) style.
                   Good video: Landscape                                   Bad Video: Portrait
Guide to Sending Audition Videos Over the Internet
Your first step is to export your edited movie out of your editing software. Look for a button or menu item that usually says “Export Movie” or “Save Movie.”  If you’re unable to locate this, please refer to your editing software’s manual or the application’s Help menu item.
Once you select “Export Movie” or “Save Movie,” most editing applications will give you compression options.  Compression makes your video’s file size smaller so that it’s easier to upload and send your files over the Internet.  If you have compression options, follow the guideline below. If you’re an Advanced user, feel free to experiment with the compression options to improve your video’s quality.
A codec is the format in which your video will be encoded. Different codecs have different features and varying quality. For best results, we recommend using H.264 (sometimes referred to as MP4) for the video codec and AAC (short for Advanced Audio Codec) for the audio codec. If you're on a Windows machine, WMV3 is a good choice for video codec.
If there is an option that says "current," it is best to just go with that. Otherwise, use 30 fps (frames per second).  If there is an option for keyframes, use “current” or 30.
This setting controls both the visual quality of the video and how big the file will be. In most video editors, this is done in terms of kilobits per second (kbits/sec or kbps). Use 2000 kbits/sec for standard definition 4:3 video (non-widescreen video), 3000 kbits/sec for widescreen video, or 5000 kbits/sec for HD footage. Feel free to experiment to get the best video quality while at the same time keeping an eye out for file size.
640x480 for standard definition 4:3 video (non-widescreen), 853x480 for widescreen, or 1280x720 for high definition. If you have the option to control the pixel aspect ratio (not display aspect ratio) make sure it's set to "1:1" or "1.00", also sometimes called "square pixels."
Choose AAC for the audio codec. You'll want to set the bit rate to 320 kbps and the sample rate to 44.100 kHz.
avi, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, wmv, m4v
We handle a lot of audition videos so it’s important that you clearly label your audition video with your full name.
Once you’ve made your movie, locate the video file and try playing the video.  Make you can both see and hear the video.
Now it’s time to upload your movie!
There are many different file sharing websites that you can use.  One of the best sites we’ve found so far is WeTransfer. You can upload files up to 2GB. That’s plenty of enough space for your video.
Visit one of these sites. Click “Choose File” or “Browse” and navigate to your video file’s location.  Fill out the Recipient’s Email box with the email address of your Casting Associate and also your email address. Then click “Upload File” or “Send It.”  Depending on your internet connection and the size of your file, it may take several minutes or even hours.  Just leave the website open and allow it to completely upload your video.
You’ve just sent your audition video over the Internet! Good luck!

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Strange news on the CBS TAR casting page.


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So I guess if you are not a "Dating Couple", don't apply??? (:;)

Good. I like unusual combos.

Apparently they have a pool shortage. But I don't think I've ever seen them openly inviting a certain label before.

An all M/F season with some Gays and Lesbians for TAR26? o.O


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