Happy Tuesday Actors! A few weeks ago we spoke with the amazing David H. Lawrence XVII who gave us the rundown on breaking into voiceover. David also runs a super-resourceful website called ActingAnswers.com, where actors go to get answers and tips to the questions we all have. Something he mentions that I wanted to go over today is the “Actor’s Toolkit”, the basic necessities that every actor should always have on hand. The key here is preparation.

Picture this: You get an audition, you prepare, you know your lines, you’re ready to go. You show up to the studio early and… it turns out you need to park a mile away from the audition, and you’re in heels. Then you get to the audition and you find out casting lost your headshot so they need another one, plus the sides changed so you need to relearn your scene. This actually happened to me, and it’s okay, these things happen, but wouldn’t it be much easier if you had walking shoes, an extra headshot, and a highlighter on hand? These are the essentials you absolutely need that may not be the first things you think about.

Now I want to hear from you! What’s something in your actor toolkit that you never leave home without? Share in the comments below (and win an exclusive Workshop Guru tote bag!)

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Ajarae Coleman | Workshop Guru

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Ajarae is an actress and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles. She founded Workshop Guru in 2012, which expanded into Acting Resource Guru in 2017, to help actors save time and money on classes and workshops, and give them a powerful voice by publishing anonymous actor reviews of acting schools, casting directors, talent agencies and management companies. You can see Ajarae on shows like ABC’s SCANDAL, REVENGE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE CATCH, CBS’s THE McCARTHYS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NBC’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES, TNT’s PERCEPTION, I'M SORRY on TruTV, and more. She raised over $17,000 and co-created an action comedy television show called SMACK Unit, currently has national commercials running, and has cultivated rewarding relationships with her agents and manager.



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