How To Do A Self Tape Without A Reader As An Actor (ColdRead)

by Cole

This article was written by CHATGPT based on the above video transcript.

Hey, fellow creatives! I’m Cole Connor—an artist and entrepreneur, driven by the passion to create and inspire. Today, let’s delve into a crucial aspect of the acting world: self-taping without a reader. While I advocate for building relationships with fellow actors for collaborative readings, I understand that sometimes circumstances demand a solo approach. In those moments, I turn to an app that has been a game-changer for me: Cold Read.

Before we dive into the details of using Cold Read, it’s essential to explore various reader options. Building relationships with fellow actors, friends, family, or even hiring an acting coach or self-tape reader are conventional choices. Additionally, apps like We Audition can provide instant readers for a fee. While having a personal connection is preferable, sometimes you need to fly solo, and that’s where Cold Read comes in handy.

Cold Read is an app designed for rehearsing, practicing, and memorizing scripts, serving as a reliable self-tape reader when needed. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps of using Cold Read for self-tapes without a dedicated reader.

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Recording Lines

  • Open the Cold Read app and create a new project.
  • Navigate to the top and select “Record Lines.”
  • Speak your lines into the app, saving them either as yourself or as a reader.

2. Playback and Editing

  • Review your recording in both the “myself” and “reader” modes.
  • Edit lines as needed, ensuring clarity and natural delivery.
  • Use the app’s features to insert silence or adjust the pacing for realistic rehearsals.

3. Script Customization

  • Tailor the app to your needs by modifying voice pitch and speed in the “Advanced” settings.
  • Experiment with different voices to avoid monotony and enhance the reading experience.

4. Cue Word Adjustment

  • If the app struggles with recognizing cues, consider changing the cue word or opting for the second word in the line.
  • Be aware of potential glitches and adjust lines accordingly for seamless practice.

5. Playback Options

  • Explore different playback options, such as following your voice, tapping through, or non-stop voice cues, depending on your preference.

6. Troubleshooting

  • Familiarize yourself with troubleshooting options, like changing the cue-word or enabling “Force on Voice” to minimize interruptions during practice.

7. Organizing and Utilizing Folders

  • Take advantage of Cold Read’s organizational features, creating folders for different projects or scripts.
  • Maximize the app’s functionality to enhance your overall self-tape preparation.


In the world of acting, mastering self-tapes without a reader is an invaluable skill. While Cold Read may not be a perfect substitute for human interaction, it proves to be a reliable ally in times of need. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can streamline your self-tape preparation and confidently tackle auditions, even when a dedicated reader isn’t available.

Remember, the key is adaptability. Whether building connections with fellow actors or harnessing the power of Cold Read, your journey in the acting realm is a dynamic process. Now, armed with this tool, go out there and shine on your self-tape auditions!

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