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 Coleman is a working actress living in Los Angeles. You can see her 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 Netflix, and more. Ajarae founded Acting Resource Guru (ARG) in 2012 to give actors practical steps to book more work and take ownership of their careers. In 2020, Ajarae launched The Table, an exclusive online membership for actors who crave an artistic life that goes beyond just booking gigs. They are ready to make a greater impact, which looks like building communities of collaborators, creating their own opportunities, and developing residual income streams. Ajarae believes that actors play a huge role in bringing forth a reality where every being on the planet is safe and valued, and The Table empowers actors to claim their seat. Join the Interest List at ClaimASeat.com to be notified when the doors open for new members.

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