It’s going to be another busy day for you of going to auditions and open casting calls. The last thing you want is to be caught unprepared for anything unexpected that might come up. For instance, you don’t want to arrive at your first audition only to realize that you left your ID or some important documents at home. It’s not really the best experience to have, especially not before such a crucial appointment that might make or break your career.
For a smooth and trouble-free audition process, you might want to prepare a bag that’s full of the essential things you’ll need for your audition. This way, you’ll just need to grab it and go, without having to worry if you’ve forgotten something later on.
The Audition Bag Essentials
Dehydration is your enemy. This is especially crucial when you have to wait for several hours and suddenly get thirsty without having a ready source. Instead of leaving your place in line and hurrying to a convenience store to buy bottled water, you might want to get a refillable water bottle and fill it with water from home. Doing this can save you money, and you will also have done your part in saving the planet.
You don’t necessarily have to bring entire meals or you’d risk getting a few raised eyebrows aimed in your direction when the smell from your food wafts throughout the audition room or hall. But you will certainly suffer a few hunger pangs especially when you’re waiting for your turn to audition so you’d do well bringing a few small snacks to munch on so you can at least stave off the hunger for the meantime.
3. Dental Floss, Toothbrush, and Toothpaste
The last thing you’d want to happen in your audition is to face an entire panel while having something stuck in your teeth the whole time and you only realized it afterward. What a nightmare! For this reason, the three things mentioned above are another essential.
4. Résumé and Headshot
These days, everything is done digitally, and many audition masters or casting directors would require you to submit your résumé and headshot to their email address. However, there are a few who would require to submit paper versions, and for this reason, it’s crucial that you bring with you a few printed copies every time you come to an audition.
5. Makeup and Hair Accessories
You should look presentable for your audition, and thus, it’s important that you bring with you a pouch of basic makeup items like foundation, blush, lipstick, and the like as well as some hair accessories like ties, a headband, and even hairspray. This doesn’t just apply to women but also to men. You will also need tissues, which will come in handy when you need to do some last-minute fixes.
6. Business Cards
When you’re going to auditions, you don’t know who you’ll come across or meet, so it’s wise that you come prepared by having a set of your own business cards handy. You never know—your next job might come from one of these contacts.
Things to Keep in Your Audition Bag by George