By training, Scott really should be working on the next generation Apple device or creating data storage for NASA. He was a science geek and attended college to get a science degree in electrical engineering, but somewhere in his sophomore year, his brain circuits shorted after getting a C. His first. Ever. So he switched to storytelling.
After a decade-long run in television news, he opened his own production company, tallying six Emmys, a Gold WorldMedal and countless other awards including two Photographer of the Year titles.
He also works in front of the camera as an actor. Perhaps you’ve seen him on “Gone Girl,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Drunk History” or most recently, recurring on “General Hospital.”
(Interesting side note, he booked all of these roles on self-tape. In fact he’s booked more than 50 of his roles on self-tape. Hmmm…maybe he should coach self-taping.)
Scott occasionally wonders what his 18-year-old self would think if he knew he’d eventually earn a living as an artist. He remains grateful that a time-machine does not exist because he's certain this revelation would short circuit his teenager brain.
I highly recommend Scott Takeda’s 101 Class regarding making your self-tape auditions great so you’ll book the job! Scott is a fine actor, director, Emmy winner, etc. He knows exactly what to do and how to do it-lighting, camera angles, position, slates, equipment, examples, etc. I am a working actress and had no idea that there was so much to learn. In this COVID-19 era of do-it-yourself-at-home, you will do yourself a huge favor taking Scott’s classes. He is kind, very knowledgeable, supportive, talented and truthful. I’m taking his 201 class next week. - Linda Montana
Emmy winning Director, Scott Takeda has booked dozens of gigs off of his self-tapes, and he's going to teach you how to create self-tapes that BOOK the room! He guides students thru the technical aspects - Lighting, microphones, good-better-best setups.
"I would highly recommend Scott Takeda’s self-tape course. I have learned a tremendous amount in such a short time that I can take with me to strengthen my craft. Scott’s director’s perspective broadens my actor’s point of view from in front of the camera to behind (which is a huge advantage...being able to see the image as a whole). The technical side is just as important as the performance. Together they make magic." Dominique Taylor
Advanced self-tape: The performance. Using directing techniques to improve your performance. Camera angles, positioning eye lines to show distance, creating intimacy in artificial situations, light for your best side of your face...
*Pre-requisite - Self Tape 101
Mastering the self tape: Practice practice practice. Really digging into shaping performance for self-tape. Also getting into live auditioning through Zoom.
*Pre-requisite - Self Tape 101, 201
“Takeda’s knowledge of the business is extensive and at times, mind-blowing! This class is a MUST-TAKE for anyone who wants to play ball in the new post-pandemic auditioning reality” - Sarah Minnich, SAG-AFTRA