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The Ear Prompter: Interview with Evelyn Vaccaro: Part 7/9
In part 6 of this exclusive interview with actress and television host Evelyn Vaccaro, I asked her to explain what a television hosting audition is like.
Now, in part 7, she talks about using an a very helpful tool you can use during a hosting job or audition.
Tony: You talked about that great tool, the ear prompter, which allows you the possibility to be able to listen to your recorded voice of the script and speak it as you listen, making it seem like you have memorized the text. Are you allowed to use that in an audition?
Evelyn: Absolutely!. I’ve never been told that I can’t use it. Most times they don’t even know that I’m using it. I use it so casually that they don’t even see it. Ultimately what they want to see is that you can deliver those lines as they need you to. And they don’t care how you do it. Patricia Stark uses it in auditions all the time and, as you know, is a very successful host.
Tony: Would you recommend actually saying in an audition that you are going to use the ear prompter.
Evelyn: I usually don’t say it. I just do it. They already have a lot of things on their minds and my goal is to give them what they want.
Tony: Evelyn I have counted more than ten tips that you have given us so far in this interview and that I will summarize at the end, but is there anything else you have to tell the newbie host?
Evelyn: Something else that I need to say. A good headshot is really important, but people need to understand that they don’t need to spend a ton of money on them. That’s not going to get them the job. Often times, new actors and hosts think that if they spend $1,800 for their headshots, they’ll get the job. It doesn’t work that way. You can get a great headshot for about $300 - $400 when you are starting out and work your way up.
As a side note, I love doing headshots for other actors and host who have booked work with my headshots. And I don’t charge a whole lot at all.
Tony: Oh! So you are also a headshot photographer?
Evelyn: Yes, I do that when I’m not working as a host or actor. I enjoy it very much and have produced some really good headshots for actors who were considering spending up to $1,200 for headshots before they met me. When you get a chance, check out my headshot site at: www.photosbyev.com
In part 8 of this exclusive interview with Evelyn Vaccaro, after the ear prompter, she talks about some of the things she does to get noticed.
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