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What actors carry in thier bag?

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Topic: What actors carry in thier bag?
Posted By: JoeMc
Subject: What actors carry in thier bag?
Date Posted: 3/27/08 at 12:53am
Cor blimey i couldn't find a topic to stick this under/
There are a few forum boards around that have topics covering SM's & Techies bags.
I was emailed this from 'Actors tips, which funnily enough is quite an interesting regular enewsletter -even though it is for proacters?
So what's in your bags?
If you call yourself an actor, the trunk of your car SHOULD contain:

1. All the things any intelligent car owner should contain (tools,
flares, fix-a-flat, shovel, blanket, map, etc).
2. A meager amount of (emergency) food and water (Protein bars will
do).
3. That battered old suitcase (currently in your basement) Including:
Suit, dress shirt and tie, swimsuit, towel, 2 sets of street
clothes (1 preppy, one gangsta).
4. TRACPHONE with a few minutes left on it.
5. Small trial versions of deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb,
sunblock. (A razor blade and some shaving cream. - ed)
6. Folding chair and umbrella.
7. The Script!!! Or any book of your choice, as long as you've got
your LINES down.
8. Thermos filled with battery-acid-strength coffee. (And one with
water to keep you hydrated.)
9. More non-perishable food.
10. A pad & pen.

Best, K.K.

I would also add this: Always carry your headshots, no matter where
you are going. You never know who you will bump into. - Chad

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Gawd I have enough trouble in remembering to take my house key & asthma spray.
Of course I never forget my smokes 'n lighter!Wink


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[western] Gondawandaland
"Hear the light & see the sound!
TOI TOI CHOOKAS
{may you always play to a full house!}



Replies:
Posted By: tristanrobin
Date Posted: 3/27/08 at 1:40pm
a bag?

I'm lucky if I remember to take along a bottle of water.


Posted By: SherrieAnne
Date Posted: 3/27/08 at 8:55pm
Well, since I drive a minivan, I can cram a great deal more into it... Wacko  I don't have the folding chair & umbrella, but I do have a wardrobe from jeans to business casual to evening gown (including at least two full sets of 1860s clothing, one a work dress & one a day dress including hoops, bonnet, gloves & parasol), a couple of assorted music books, business flats, China doll shoes, sneakers, sandals, Western boots...  My "dance bag" includes, besides the basic toiletries, a minimal makeup kit, notebook, pen, digital voice recorder, small sewing kit, first aid kit, a few calling cards (thank goodness I make them myself!) with my contact information, a small jewelry roll with assorted costume jewelry, a can of freezing spray, a pair of character shoes & one of ballet slippers, bobby pins, hairpins, barrettes, scrunchies, clips, Ricola, Jelly Bellies... and anything else I feel NEEDS to be in there at any given time.  This could be anything from Coddington's seminal work on the Gettysburg Campaign, to a photo of my great-nephew. Big%20smile

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There's a little bit of diva in all of us. Some just have a larger helping than others.


Posted By: tristanrobin
Date Posted: 3/28/08 at 9:16am
... and they allow you through toll booths?  LOL


Posted By: SherrieAnne
Date Posted: 3/28/08 at 9:42pm
Originally posted by tristanrobin

... and they allow you through toll booths?  LOL
 
LOL!  The only times I've even gotten funny looks were when I drove through IN the Civil War costumes...Tongue


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There's a little bit of diva in all of us. Some just have a larger helping than others.


Posted By: JoeMc
Date Posted: 3/28/08 at 11:05pm
Originally posted by SherrieAnne

Well, since I drive a minivan, 
Are you sure it's not Dr Who's 'Tardis'?
Or at least bigger than this 'Miniivan';-
 
http://www.austin-rover.co.uk/brominivanf.htm - http://www.austin-rover.co.uk/brominivanf.htm Wink
 
Blimey in civil war costume, so where did you put the horse?Shocked
 


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[western] Gondawandaland
"Hear the light & see the sound!
TOI TOI CHOOKAS
{may you always play to a full house!}


Posted By: Nanette
Date Posted: 3/29/08 at 8:27am
Probably under that big ol' hoop skirt!

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In a world of margarine, be butter!


Posted By: JoeMc
Date Posted: 3/29/08 at 9:28pm
Which would beg the comment
"I know it's a horse! But what's it doing there?"Embarrassed


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[western] Gondawandaland
"Hear the light & see the sound!
TOI TOI CHOOKAS
{may you always play to a full house!}


Posted By: whitebat
Date Posted: 3/29/08 at 11:12pm
Sewing junk, duct tape... got to repair my own costume & loan out thread to a "Sweet Adeline".  Note to actors: don't let the "Sweet Adelines" invade your dressing room/stage.  They take forever putting on makeup, and their sets have so much glitter you will be picking it out of your socks months later.


Posted By: SherrieAnne
Date Posted: 3/30/08 at 9:52am
Originally posted by JoeMc

Originally posted by SherrieAnne

Well, since I drive a minivan, 
Are you sure it's not Dr Who's 'Tardis'?
Or at least bigger than this 'Miniivan';-
 
http://www.austin-rover.co.uk/brominivanf.htm - http://www.austin-rover.co.uk/brominivanf.htm Wink
 
Blimey in civil war costume, so where did you put the horse?Shocked
 
 
LOL!!  Odd you should say that, as I used to be a civilian attached to a cavalry unit. 
 
The costume isn't bad to wear, though the hoops DO get in the way sometimes.  The corset was custom made for me, so it's very comfortable - but I've discovered why they didn't use shoulder belts until women stopped wearing them...nothing to catch the belts when they slide upward! Ouch


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There's a little bit of diva in all of us. Some just have a larger helping than others.


Posted By: chel
Date Posted: 9/28/08 at 10:59pm
How about a basic make up bag?  We had a wonderful actor who showed some of us in our muical how to apply some (for our newbie and rusty actors). 
 
I forgot to get a list from him of what was in his little bag of necessities.
 
Anyone have any favorite essentials?


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chel

www.windhamtheaterguild.org


Posted By: SherrieAnne
Date Posted: 9/29/08 at 5:06am
Originally posted by chel

How about a basic make up bag?  We had a wonderful actor who showed some of us in our muical how to apply some (for our newbie and rusty actors). 
 
I forgot to get a list from him of what was in his little bag of necessities.
 
Anyone have any favorite essentials?
 
Foundation - I've gone from pancake to liquid.  At least one eyeshadow palette.  Blush - depending on the show/character, natural or fashion shades, plus one shade I can use for shadowing.  Eye pencils with sharpener.  Mascara.  Lipstick.  A good set of brushes, including an eyelash comb.  Sponges, tissues, wipes - I still carry a tube of cold cream, as well (best thing for mascara removal!).


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There's a little bit of diva in all of us. Some just have a larger helping than others.



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