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Classes / Coaching

On-Camera Audition and 

Self-Tape Technique

that will also help you book in the room

**Only private coaching available at this time.  
New York & Los Angeles

For over 12 years, Jane Petrov and Roy Havrilack, Co-Owners of SkyTown Entertainment, have been coaching and taping auditions for professional actors in New York and Los Angeles. Their clients have booked major motion picture, television and theatre roles in the U.S. and abroad: Disney, FX, Netflix, Hulu, New Line Cinemas – that include projects produced by Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Brad Pitt. 

The Need

Casting directors are requiring actors to submit more self-tapes in today’s auditioning environment. In order to compete and book, actors must deliver a quality video and a strong performance using seamless self-tape audition techniques as well as follow all technical directions from casting.  

"As a practiced actor in scene study and the like, I thought with self-tape you can self-coach. But I was surprised to see my audition transform in minutes with Jane’s coaching, direction, & application of her tips! Jane’s class is enjoyable, extremely valuable for all skill levels, and can be applied to both your next on-camera or self-tape audition."

-Kaela Comontofski, Actor

“Jane is an excellent teacher. Her knowledge of taping an audition and booking an audition are valuable. She is also adept at getting you to relax before the camera so that you are able to focus on the learning experience rather than struggling with nerves or worrying about failure. She’s a joy to be around.”

-Terry Kovac, Actor

"SkyTown Entertainment has completely changed the way I audition. Not only does the tape look professional and clean- but they help direct you to bring out the best performance possible. Plus, they know all the industry norms to ensure you're following the correct format. I've gotten a much higher booking and callback rate since using them - highly recommended."

-Paytra Gessler, Actor

Course Overview

In this intensive self-tape audition class, students will get valuable tools and techniques for self-taping, whether at home or at a self-tape studio. Every week students will prepare scenes and experience a self-tape session: rehearse, tape and watch playback, so they can make strong choices, get comfortable watching themselves on camera, and choose the best takes.


The classroom is our self-tape studio, set up with lights, HD camera and blue background. Unlike going into a casting or producers’ session for a taped audition, the self-tape environment puts you in the driver’s seat to do multiple takes. You have the luxury of using minimal props and furniture to create a more fleshed out sense of place for your scene. Actors will be able to put these tools and techniques in to practice right away.

Students may bring their own scenes or scenes will be provided. 

 Students can start anytime.

Four intensive classes

will cover the following:

Self-Tape Session Basics

Rehearsal/tape/watch playback/editing

Taping at home: sound, lights, background, reader

Following casting director directions

Wardrobe/Hair/Makeup/Eye Glasses

Slates/Slate Shots


Self-Tape Session Techniques that make you stand out

Effective use of eye lines

Physical Life (props, business)

Using Sides- memorized or not

Sitting vs. Standing





Handling challenging physical scenes: driving, violence, sexual, guns, phones, drinking

Character life before and after the scene, keeping scene alive

Register Now!

New York:       

5 Crosby Street, Suite 2F, New York, NY 10013

Tuesdays 7pm-10pm 

To register, please send email with your headshot/resume to Roy at​


Los Angeles:

1154 N. Western Ave., Suite F, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Mondays 11am-2pm

To register, please send email with your headshot/resume to Jane at


$185 - Total amount due by the first day of class (check, cash, Venmo)

$55 - Single class drop-in

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