Well, we could all use a little laugh. I had a SAG workshop online and they had us do a self tape to send in to the casting director. Rather than send an old tape, or even worse, ask a friend to come over and help, I did it myself (at home) and facetimed with a friend who read remotely. Safety first, right?
It’s a fun two-minute scene and usually I would never post a self tape that isn’t professionally done, but hopefully we can let it slide during this time and enjoy content over production/sound quality… even though I admit the facetime reading seemed to work pretty well.
Anyways – if you have two minutes – check this little scene out.
Here is a scene from The Normal Heart performed by Scott Bender for television director, Alec Smight.
In the scene, Ned (Scott Bender) is asking his brother, Ben, to help with their committee in the fight against the 1980’s AIDS/HIV break out. Ned is a gay man while Ben is a straight man, and they have never seen eye-to-eye on this cause.
Scott performs the scene twice, once as practiced and once with a note from Alec to be more sarcastic and joking in the beginning and let that emotion ride out.