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Penn Station dressing room

February 8, 2012

$8 Black tights

$5 Nude stockings

$13 frumpy-mom jeans

$12 half-price on sale floaty, hippy top from H&M

$22 a bright-colored cotton business shirt from NY & Co

$$$ ?  mascara, hair gel, hand cream that doubles as hair gel, deodorant

and the piece de resistance:  A $12 pair of plastic yellow high heels from Payless

This is just a short list of some items I have bought in the past year, in a rush, after getting a call from my agent saying, “can you get down to xyz office by 3 today for an audition?”  It’s one of the best kinds of calls to get…it throws my day into turmoil, but for such a great reason…auditions!

However, as I ripped open the packaging around new pair of Duane Reade black tights today, while balancing on one foot in the Penn Station bathroom, changing clothes before an audition, I wondered if I could do this better.  This kind of thing happens all the time and it results in a bit too much panic and a bit too much monetary outlay for me (after all, I have 5 perfectly good pairs of tights at home, I didn’t need to spend $8 on another. But I also couldn’t go to an audition for “trendy mom” with my ratty old jeans I was wearing.)

So I’m looking into carrying around an “audition ready” bag each day with me.  I already carry my makeup around, so why not just carry one mom-type outfit too? And hair gel.  And anything else I may need…?

So I’m looking for advice. Do you have an “audition bag” you carry each day? If so, what’s in it? Any advice to avoid making Penn Station my dressing room?

**PS for those of you still in horror, I never let my bare foot touch the floor. I balanced in one shoe, put the tights on one leg, put that foot in a shoe, then took off the other… just wanted to let you know 🙂

***PPS who said acting isn’t glamorous?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    February 8, 2012 8:49 am

    Change in H & M or Macy’s or Old Navy. Just grab a dress you want to “try on” but actually change your own clothes. I’m not an actress but that’s been a life saver on last minute dates.

  2. February 8, 2012 10:00 am

    Granted Actor, we so know what you are talking about! The things we actors have to do each day to just get by are crazy. The audition ready bag is a great idea except that you then have to carry a giant bag around with you all the time! (and run the risk of back issues). All of us at Actors’ Embassy have been looking for a way to remedy this issue as well. That’s why, hopefully soon, we will have a workspace for actors. It will include desks, internet, practice room, cots, among other things…but most importantly there will be lockers and showers so that you could keep your extra tights, audition materials and whatever else you might need, in midtown. Then, when you get that incredible call from your agent that you have an audition in an hour, you can pop over to the Embassy and just change into your reserve outfit that you keep in your locker for just such an occasion. We are boycotting the need to carry your entire life on your back!

  3. February 8, 2012 7:08 pm

    What? When is this happening Actors’ Embassy? What a great idea!

    • February 9, 2012 9:29 am

      Thanks! Hopefully within the next year or so. In the meantime, we are working hard to create a comprehensive online resource center for actors and free community building events with industry speakers. (Our first event will be early next month). But the space, the real kicker, is still very much in the works. If all goes smoothly, maybe this time next year we will all be lounging around in our shared workspace laughing about how we used to have to change clothes in the Penn Station bathroom and carry our entire lives on our backs around the city each day!

  4. Jill permalink
    February 14, 2012 3:14 pm

    I change in dressing rooms at rehearsal studios. In midtown, we have Pearl, Ripley-Grier, Shetler, DANY, Champions, 36th St, Chelsea, Roy Arias… an endless amount of actor-friendly places.

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