My Audition Survival Kit
I find it a little delightful that so many of you here know me as a wellness/yoga/outdoorsy person, and not as my primary identifier for the past 10 years of my life: Ellen Humphreys, actor.
I started acting in high school, attended a BFA Acting program in Boston, worked nonstop on my craft for 4 years straight, and then moved to LA to *actually* learn most everything I know about acting.
There are many things an actor needs to be. But above all, your audition skills must be bulletproof. Let’s just say that nobody reading my lil blog is going to be able to book jobs without auditioning, so I thought I’d share one of the things that helps me feel invincible: my audition survival kit.
In the gorgeous mountain town where I live, there’s a great deal of work in the entertainment industry (and hopefully more coming, with the imminent election of the great Michelle Lujan Grisham), but the majority of auditions take place in the larger city of Albuquerque, about an hour’s drive. If you live in Los Angeles, you may find yourself an hour’s drive from most of your auditions, too — so know that this list is somewhat catered to this crowd. And yet!
My New York/walk-to-auditions friends: worry not. Ignore the car-specific list items, choose options that weigh less, and be sure to stay on top of actually drinking the water in your bottle so it doesn’t weigh you down.
What audition necessities do you always bring along? Actor friends, share what I may have missed below!