What's in your "audition kit" plus what extras do you carry in your car?
A message from Coach Jack Turnbull of the Actorsite Awesome Acting Club.
Making life easier for the Hollywood Parent...
Life is easier if you have your “audition kit” prepared!
This is a “reminder” message regarding what you may wish to put in your young actor’s “audition kit” which should be available at all times.
We encourage Actorsite Actors to put together and maintain their own “audition kit” by making sure that these items are ALWAYS available, whether at auditions, workshops, or “just in case”.
BE more professional...
As you already know, most agent submissions are online, so your hardcopy headshot is a MUST for FILM/TV Auditions because sometimes they need them. Not always, but sometimes!
The other items are pretty logical and helpful for a smooth audition and smooth booking, which, of course, is the goal for future success.
Here’s the list.
1. 5 CURRENT HEADSHOTS with RESUME ATTACHED
2. 5 copies of WORK PERMIT with COOGAN TRUST ACCOUNT INFORMATION ATTACHED
3. Originals of WORK PERMIT AND COOGAN TRUST ACCOUNT INFO.
5. If age 16 w/proficiency, 5 copies of proficiency confirmation.
8. Stapler and staples
10. For commercials, your “Frontier Casting” Card
11. Your postcards or business cards if available.
One parent didn’t know what “proficiency” was so here’s a link to the minor “work permit” page, just search for CHSPE to get the specific info. Any actor who is 16 and hasn’t passed the CHSPE is severely handicapped, so start working on it when your child is 15.
More info: http://chspe.net
COOGAN ACCOUNTS: We recommend the SAG/AFTRA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION or the FIRST ENTERTAINMENT CREDIT UNION for your Coogan accounts.
You don’t need to be a member of SAG or AFTRA, and unlike other banks who “forget the rules”, they are always on top of the Coogan account rules and save you TONS of time and money over the years.
Some additional items to have in the car:
Many parents have said that they keep certain staples in their car when driving around to auditions, here are some of their suggestions.
1. Change for parking meters
2. Bottled water
3. Healthy snacks, such as granola bars and fruit
4. A change of clothes “just in case”. Always bring Audition colors. Rich deep colors, and avoid pastels. I would have something athletic always available for commercials.
5. Quiet games for younger kids for the waiting room.
6. Pillows/blankets in case there are long drives between auditions.
7. Soft drinks and candy for a “sugar rush” to wake the kids up (use sparingly).
8. A book for Mom in the waiting room.
9. Hairspray and brush/comb or make up for teens.
Time to put DOWN the IPAD and MAKE PROGRESS by studying at the Actorsite Awesome Acting Club.
Acting is a muscle, you have to work it out!
If you are sitting home and wishing you had more auditions, then RIGHT NOW is the time to GET OFF YOUR BUTT and get to the Actorsite Awesome Acting Club.
If you don’t feed your ACTING CAREER, then your ACTING CAREER won’t feed you…focus, focus, focus.
Come and try a FUN, CHALLENGING audition skills workout, and both young actors and parents can network and become motivated by being around POSITIVE, HAPPENING PEOPLE.