If you want to be an actor, you must always be prepared when a performing opportunity arises. Here are some items to keep with you to ensure you have exactly what you need at all times:
1. Headshot and Resume
If you are currently in audition mode, make sure to always carry a headshot and resume with you. These are your basic tools of your business as a performer, and there is absolutely no excuse to not have them.
2. Show Information/Postcards
If you’re currently involved with a school show or theatre production, make sure you carry the show’s postcards and/or information with the performance information so you can pass it along to anyone who asks you about it. Don’t be shy! Get the word out and make sure people can see you show off your talents.
3. Your Business Card
No matter what level of performer you are, invest in business cards. Your business card should contain your contact email, website, headshot and any other tidbits you feel someone should know if they’re interested in what you do as a performer. However, it isn’t necessary to list your personal phone number or your address on it — an email is enough.
4. Writing Utensils
Asking to borrow a pen, pencil or highlighter from a castmate is a big no-no. Make sure you always bring a writing utensil from home so you’re prepared to write things down, whether you’re at an audition or rehearsal. Also, keep in mind that while it may seem easier to keep your notes on an iPad or iPhone, these devices could possibly get lost or accidentally erased. Instead, have your notes written in a notebook (another thing you should always have with you), so you can always go back and reference them.
5. Recording/Video Device
Bring an iPad, iPhone or other type of recording device with you for lessons, rehearsals and auditions so you can always record or film your material. This way, you can always practice your music, choreography or blocking on your own time at home or in a rehearsal room.
6. Dance Clothes/Shoes
If you’re a dancer or a mover and are heading out to auditions or rehearsals, make sure you have your dance attire and shoes with you so you’re prepared to show off your moves. For a mover, relaxed clothing, stretchy materials and comfortable sneakers work great.
7. Audition Log
A notebook is a great place to keep a log of your auditions. Include what you wore, what you performed, who was in the room and the feedback you received. Keep it with you for easy reference. This way, when you meet people or re-introduce yourself to someone you have already met, you can reference how they reacted to you in the past. Or, you can use the notebook as a reminder of what you did in a first audition when preparing for a callback
Always bring your scripts, sides and music to any rehearsal or audition. Be a prepared performer instead of the schmuck who prints them out at the last minute, asks for copies from the monitor or borrows music from a friend.
Figure out how to get to your audition or rehearsal before you leave your home. Write out your directions ahead of time or make sure your phone is fully charged and that your maps app is working. You don’t want to be the performer who gets lost or is late because you couldn’t find your way.