Actual Tools for the Actor

23 Mar

We talk about online tools, audition tools, but how about real physical tools? What are the necessities and the would-be-nice-to haves for the working actor?

Paper Cutter

(to cut all those pesky 8 1/2 x 11 resumes to size!)


(I was amazed at the number of people who auditioned for ShortLived and didn’t have their headshot and resume stapled together)


(we all know LA is big and it’s got traffic- you need to know how to get around and the quickest alternate

routes, which brings me to the next item on the list…)


(may seem obvious but there are a lot of people who come to this town thinking they will get by on bikes and

busses… it’s possible, but difficult)

Smart Phone

(instant email access is key to all those last minute auditions or callbacks)


(for all those scripts you got to memorize!)

Binder or Folder

(to hold your sides, directions and headshot/resumes)