The Master Talent Teachers blog has a great article and video from Carolyne Barry this week on “slating”. For those who’ve not heard this term before, a slate is the actor introducing himself or herself to the camera before beginning their audition.
The post makes some great points about how actor’s can make a bad first impression with their slates.
For example, don’t be:
too perky or “cutesy” or if they have a forced smile on their slate, it appears that they are trying to be “commercial” or working too hard to be likeable, which makes them seem insincere, insecure or badly trained
In the end…
a slate is a positive introduction, not a presentation, announcement or line reading.