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'Self Tape' was originally recorded as an audition for the romantic lead of a film. In pursuit of a transgender actress, the dream-making talent agency JV8 set out on its search, dangling co-star Ryan Gosling as the bait. Hundreds of women across the city memorized the same lines, recorded the same tape, and evoked the same desire. Eventually Gosling dropped out, and the movie never came to be. Imagining the hours of unseen footage, and all the dashed dreams, Díaz presents her own audition, recorded and re-recorded, until the image degrades and the audio turns into a digital shriek.

Devan Díaz (b. 1992 Queens, NY) is a writer based in New York City.