I see you! I think my first self-tape audition was in June 2017 when I was just starting pursuing film work. It was for a Comcast Spotlight commercial. I booked it and was thrilled to see my ad on tv that summer/fall!
I don’t know if I can find my self-tape from, oh, 2011 or so… It was my first time taping for Nike Imoru. It was for The River Murders with Ray Liotta (!). I taped myself AND another actor in front of the camera and IN the backyard! I knew NOTHING about the process! Obviously I did not book it.