Today we’d like to introduce you to Tara Goldsborough.
Tara, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve been an actor all my life really and since moving to LA over ten years ago, I’ve been helping my friends break down scripts and put themselves on tape for auditions. I’m a nerd about the work and have always been eager to help a friend with an audition.
During the pandemic, I realized I was no longer ok with working in the service industry to pay the bills. I wanted something more for myself. As an actor and lover of the craft, I decided I had to open my own self-tape studio so I could give actors the best experience possible. I thought I would be opening the studio just out of my apartment for the beginning stages, but when I moved I realized there was far too much noise around me and I wouldn’t be able to do so. It took me just over seven months from that day to find the space that is now On Your Side Tapes.
Auditioning is, in my opinion, THE hardest part of the work. It can definitely be fun and it’s extremely vulnerable, stressful and raw. As an actor, it’s so very important feel safe and comfortable going wherever you need to go to create the reality of the scene. I found myself feeling so free and available in my acting class and yet that wasn’t always the case when I would put myself on tape. So when building the business model for On Your Side Tapes, I knew I wanted to have a space where people felt like they were as free as they could be in class. This meant having readers that felt more like scene partners, providing insightful feedback and direction and creating a space where actors could feel at ease and excited about going to those sometimes uncomfortable and deeply emotional places.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Opening a business is never going to go as planned. I thought I’d be able to open the studio just one month after finding my space. It took me 2. I was working at a bar at night and trying to put in all the hours I could to create the studio space during the day. Needless to say the burnout was so real. It’s so much trial and error and all the errors can be exhausting and frankly disheartening. I’m so lucky to have had an incredible group of people around me supporting me and consistently helping me find solutions. It takes a village!
The thing is, there are always going to be areas for improvement. You learn as you go. I’m definitely a perfectionist and I’ve had to learn that nothing will ever be perfect. So I constantly remind myself what I tell my actors – stop trying to be perfect. Perfect is boring. No one wants to watch perfect. The goodness of what we do is inside all the mistakes and imperfections. I had to come to terms with the fact that perfect is impossible and wanting better means I’m on the right track.
As you know, we’re big fans of On Your Side Tapes. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
On Your Side Tapes is a self-tape studio that really gets it. How do I know that? Because I’m an actor. I know exactly what you want out of your self-tape experience because it’s exactly what I want too. This studio is a reflection of that.
The thing I’d say I’m most known for is honestly good energy. No, but for real. So much of what I do is create a supportive energy when you enter the space. You deserve to feel like the person you’re sharing the space with is on your side – hence the name. Being able to quickly read someone’s energy when they walk into the space and match it or shift it or just hold it is so key. Actors – you know what I’m talking about.
I’m also very specific about how and when I give direction. This process is a collaboration and we are here to get your very best performance out of you. That could mean putting you through a short visualization exercise so you can really see what’s happening around you. It could be me saying something as simple as “let’s up the stakes” or “focus on the sense of discovery. In the reality of the scene, you’ve never said these words before.” Simple notes can really help focus the actor and bring about a huge shift in the way the scene unfolds.
So what are some key elements that make On Your Side Tapes different?
Adjustable lighting (yup – for real)
Readers that feel more like scene partners
Grounding meditation & visualization (optional)
Supportive coaching to get to the truth of the character
Choice of two backdrop colors (in-studio)
I am truly most proud to be able to offer a space where actors feel like they can do their best work again and again. It’s such a great feeling when clients consistently walk out feeling excited to send in their self-tapes.
I’ve directed over 500 sessions and put everyone from series regulars and leads in big studio features to co-stars and day players on tape. I genuinely care about getting the best out of you and use all the tools I’ve learned along the way to help you do just that.
At On Your Side Tapes, we offer in-studio and virtual appointments. All sessions include coaching and editing if desired. You can also book the space to use for a virtual call-back or if you just want private coaching to hone your audition skills. Head on over to www.onyoursidetapes.com to learn more!
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Be clear about what you want. See your business as you envision it at its best and work backward from there to create it. You may not be able to put everything into practice right away but that doesn’t mean what you start with won’t be amazing. If you don’t have anywhere to grow, you’ll burn out fast. And be yourself. At the end of the day, you are what you’re selling. The most real, humble and kind version of you will keep people coming back again and again.
- $45 for 30 minutes
- $75 for 60 minutes
- $115 for 90 minutes
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- Website: www.onyoursidetapes.com
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Photos by Britt Elexandria