Your Guide


Self Tape Academy Instructors

Hello and welcome to the Self Tape Academy During these courses you will be working with Sarah Valentine or Johanna Grotenhuis.

Sarah mainly works as an Actor, Accent Coach and Agent and has worked in film and tv since 1989. To find out more about Sarah go to

Johanna has been working with Sarah for around 2.5 years as an actor with BGT. She has most recently joined the STA as a moderator and runs many of the Self Tape Academy courses.

We will be viewing your Self Tapes and keeping tabs on your course. If you have any questions feel free to email us on


Sarah Valentine

and Johanna Grotenhuis

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course

Hello and welcome to the Self-Tape Academy.

As we move into a new world where auditions with the casting director are going to become a thing of the past and self-taping is going to be the way of the future, now is the time to get camera ready! Become a self-tape king or queen. 

Take the opportunity of getting yourself camera ready!!! 

Look around you, we are living in a new world that isn't going to change back to what you knew very quickly. This new world is where everyone is having to be more hands-on. We are having to do more and more self-promotion in this new digital age, and everyone needs to keep up or be left behind.  We aren't leaving anyone behind in this course!!!!

The benefits for this are HUGE! As actors, we now get to audition for international work and we can submit to casting directors as never before. 

What Is the 7 Day Self Tape Academy?

The Self Tape Academy has created a number of online courses designed to help actors be on top of their game.  First you'll learn the basics of doing a great self tape and then every day during the 7 days you’ll learn a new script, shoot your self-tape, upload it to the academy and share it with your fellow actors.
The 7 day self tape challenge is .....

  • Suitable for age 18 and over.
  • This course takes place over 7 days. 
  • It starts on a Saturday and finishes on a Friday.
  • No more than 25 students per course.

What do we do on the course? 

  • Firstly....You need a phone or some sort of recording device and you will need to learn how to light your room, shoot a video and then upload an MP4 file 
  • On Day 1 you learn how to use our platform and record your first introduction self-tape and you will receive your first script. 
  • Then at midnight each day, you get a new script and a place to upload your video from the day before.
  • Each day you will learn a script
  • Shoot and Edit that video
  • Upload to Ruzuku. Rinse and Repeat for 7 days
  • Each day you’ll receive a different scene/script, as well as tips, tricks, and resources along the way.

You’ll gain confidence through the practice of recording self-tapes, get insight from watching other self tapes, and receive valuable feedback on your work from fellow actors.

What is the daily time commitment to this course?
I don't know how to answer this but....
You will need to learn a script (maybe 1 hour to 2 depending on how quickly you learn scripts)
Shoot, Edit and Upload to the website (if you have set up your studio on day 1, know how to add a slate also learned on day 1, know your script and you don't make any mistakes maybe 1 hour)

This course will get you set up and ready for the moment your agent calls you and says "I have an audition for you - can you do me a self tape", and you will be able to say YES! no problem on it now.

Best of all you will have a lot of fun doing it!

We sincerely hope you enjoy this course.
If you have any questions at all please email

Signing off

Sarah Valentine
Self Tape Academy