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Blog: Things you should always carry in your bag - Actors Edition

As an actor, you've got to be prepared for everything. You might have a last minute audition, have to do a screen test on the go, or have your rehearsals extended by a few more hours because your Director wants to run it just one more time.

Want to avoid that awful feeling that comes from being under-prepared? Don't worry, we've got you. Take a look below at our list of must-haves for an actor on the go.

What's in your bag?



We're not talking a full makeup bag here - but if you get asked to come in short notice and do a screen test, you'll want the basics to make sure you're putting your best version of yourself out there. This goes for all genders!


Whether you're physically writing down your to-do list or typing it into your phone, keeping track of important dates is a must. You don't want to miss an important audition!


Having a pen or pencil handy is great for almost any situation, even if you're not an actor. Plus, if you don't have a pen, how are you going to write the important dates in your diary??

Audition or Callback


If you're given a scene to read with other characters in it, it's so much easier when your lines are highlighted. Just make sure you ask the casting team before you start marking the script!


Same as the highlighter. It's a great tool to have on hand for a read. You might have some ideas about your character you want to jot down, or you might want to write down the Director's notes before your next scene.


A good rule for life is to always be hydrated, but if you're going into an audition or callback you should definitely take some water with you. Don't assume that there will be any when you get there!


Imagine getting a headache right before your audition/callback, and having to try and put your best foot forward when you're in a world of pain. Plus, if someone else gets a headache, you could be the incredible person that has them on hand.

Throat lozenges

Throw a few in your bag just in case. Having a sore or scratchy throat will impact your projection!


Auditions and callbacks always seem to run overtime, and you don't want to fall flat when it's your turn to impress the casting team. Make sure to carry something sweet as an easy pick-me-up.

Breath mints

Do your scene partner a favour. Trust us.


Hair ties

Nothing's more annoying in rehearsal than having your hair constantly fall in front of your eyes and distract you from a scene. Especially during physical scenes where you might be moving around the space quickly.

Comfortable pants

Scratch that, nothing's more annoying in a rehearsal than not actually being able to do the scene because you've brought the wrong clothes to rehearse in. As cool as the skinny jeans are, make sure you pack a pair of rehearsal-friendly pants to move around in.


There's always going to be notes. Writing them on your script may seem like a good idea at first, but if you're in a longer rehearsal period, you'll get to a point where you've run out of space. A notebook is also a great place to jot down extra ideas about your character.


Sure, you've showered. Sure, you've deodorised already. But when you're rehearsing long hours over the summer, it's best to keep this on hand. We learnt the hard way.


A given (unless you want to be murdered by your Director and SM). Even if you think you've got the lines down, this should come to every rehearsal.

Phone charger

The battery life on our phones these days seems to be shorter than the average audition - keeping your charger handy means you won't be stuck after rehearsal without a way to get home.

Did we miss anything? What do you have in your actor kit? Let us know in the comments below!


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