Live Arts Contest - Recording Tips


Here are a few tips if your entry requires a YouTube link for submission. All spoken word performances should be posted to YouTube, and you will be asked to include a link to your recording on the entry form. It may include video, or just the audio of your spoken word performance. 

Recording Your Entry

  • Position yourself in front of the camera or microphone.
  • Record your piece.
  • Upload it to your computer.
  • If you have video, make sure the lighting isn't too bright or dark.
  • Listen to/watch your recording to make sure it recorded like you wanted.
  • Listen carefully to make sure the audio doesn't clip. Clipping is when the audio level rises into the red area of the meter. If that happens, lower the volume of the recording, not the volume of your computer.

All good? Perfect! Now you're ready to upload to YouTube!

Upload Your Recording to YouTube

  • Make sure your performance is recorded and saved on your computer so you can find it later if you need to. It can be video and audio or just audio.
  • Go to
  • First, make sure you're logged in. Then click the "Upload" button.
  • Select your file.
  • Now sit back and wait for your file to upload and process. The bigger the file, the longer the wait.
  • Once it is uploaded, head to to submit your entry. Read the guidelines and fill out all the required fields.
  • DON'T send the actual video when you submit your entry. SEND the LINK to your YouTube video.
  • Click submit. Congratulations, you're a contestant. Good luck!

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