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UPTA: Full Prompt book or no?
« on: Jan 31, 2013, 01:25 pm »
Hello everyone!

I'm leaving for UPTA next weekend, and I was wondering what the consensus was regarding prompt book at cattle-call conferences. When I have gone before, at best, they flipped through it while looking at me. I was wondering if a "paired down" version is available, as in, that we bring a book, but with examples from each section to prove that we know what we or doing. Or even a "portfolio" of paperwork; a combination of a few shows in a single binder.

I know that if we are attending these it is assumed we can create a prompt book and run a show, but I was wondering if trying to pair down the bulk is a good idea. I also was planning on bringing my ipad, so I can show the full book in electronic form.

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Re: UPTA: Full Prompt book or no?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 31, 2013, 02:01 pm »
First of all, good luck at UPTA! Playhouse on the Square is good people.

I used to bring a whole prompt book to interviews, but I have opted recently for not breaking my back. I made a portfolio-type binder, with several examples of blocking & calling pages, props paperwork, reports, and some show photos as well- all the info I needed, no brick of a prompt book to lug around. No one I have interviewed with has asked for a full prompt book or seemed disappointed that I didn't have one, but it is of course subjective.

And a word of advice about UPTA- a lot of the companies don't bring a rep specifically to interview tech candidates, so there are a lot fewer interview slots than at say SETC, because they only have time to do interviews when they're not watching auditions. Make sure you do your research & prioritize which companies you want to interview with so that you don't waste time the day of in interviews for companies you don't want to work for.

ETA: You can't go to Memphis without eating at Central BBQ. It's about half a mile from Playhouse on the Square, in Midtown. Order the BBQ Nachos on potato chips and thank me later.
« Last Edit: Jan 31, 2013, 02:14 pm by bex »
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Re: UPTA: Full Prompt book or no?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 31, 2013, 07:39 pm »
Thanks Bex!

I will assemble  a "portfolio" book with my best work and show photos. I think that will get their attention. I've been to UPTA before, and I do EXTENSIVE research on their registered companies page. I've cataloged them, and have a spreadsheet I can quickly write on with my ipad when I get there. I know about the slots: it was a pain in my butt when I was there the first time. I'll time manage better for this one.

and Central BBQ, I most definitely will. My mouth is watering already.

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Re: UPTA: Full Prompt book or no?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 09, 2013, 10:34 pm »
So...Central BBQ was an awesome choice. And the portfolio was an awesome idea also. Thanks!

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