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I'll know I've truly "made it" when I'm no longer asked to bring my own clothes or do my own hair and makeup for a shoot, am I right?
But for most working actors, taking your own makeup and clothes to a shoot is part of the hustle for a while.
If you're ever asked to bring your own clothes to set or to a wardrobe fitting, then I want to share my secret weapon with you for easier traveling.
Showing up to set without looking or feeling stressed will make you more valuable to the production team.
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First, let's address three typical problems most actors have when bringing their own clothes.
WARDROBE PROBLEM 1
I want to point out that I love wooden hangers. My closet is full of the cheap ones from IKEA.
It makes everything look streamlined and sophisticated and reduces my plastic use.
However, wooden and plastic hangers are entirely way too bulky for travel.
Have you ever tried hanging three wooden hangers on your car's backseat hook, much less five?
Not worth it.
The same is an issue for the head stylist when you show up to wardrobe with ginormous hangers that they now need to fit on their already cramped clothing rack for your clothes that, quite frankly, they probably aren't even going to use.
Our clothes are just backup for the wardrobe team so they can forgo a trip to the store in the middle of a shoot.
WARDROBE PROBLEM 2
Let's pretend it's shoot day. You park twenty minutes before your call time so you can take ten minutes to collect yourself.
You're feeling good for being so prepared.
You get out of the car and grab your stuff including your wardrobe pieces.
While you're walking, you feel a strange sensation.
You look down, only to find that some of your pieces have fallen off their hangers--into a water puddle.
It happens, people.
Also, you don't have time to keep picking up clothes off the ground.
And you know they asked you to steam those clothes, so now they're wrinkled, and you look like a slacker even if you aren't.
Wooden and plastic hangers are not slip resistant.
WARDROBE PROBLEM 3
The last issue is something we don't think about until it's too late--shoulder bumps.
Are they fixable?
Do you have time to deal with them?
Neither does wardrobe.
Are you noticing a trend?
So far we've learned that we need to save everyone, including ourselves, time and stress.
MY SECRET WEAPON
I've talked a lot about hangers in this post.
My secret weapon is a pack of Joy Huggable Hangers.
These are $9 for a 10 pack. That's less than $1 per hanger. You have the money!!!
I also want to point out that you do not need more than ten hangers. You should not be taking that many options to set.
But these hangers will save your butt by eliminating all of the problems we just discussed.
Plus, they're way easier to carry.
Just last week I had to travel out of town and walked to set a few blocks away over water puddles galore after a thunderstorm, which is what inspired this post.
I panicked about my clothes sliding off, but quickly realized that's not a problem I have anymore.
I only use these hangers for my acting wardrobe to keep everything organized in my closet so I know exactly what to grab.
My work pieces are always ready to go sans shoulder bumps.
Seriously, you need these hangers.
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