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December 1, 2014
Holiday Gift Guide for the NYC Actor

We’ve rounded up some gift ideas to help you find that perfect gift for the actor in your life.  Happy holidays!

Unknown-3"Yes Please" by Amy Poehler - $28 (hardcover)

Share a laugh, advice, and a story all in one gift with Amy Poehler’s new book Yes Please, available in digital and print format. Poehler’s first book features a collection of stories, lists, poetry, photographs, mantras, and advice. Do you wish you had been in the audience at the last two Golden Globe ceremonies? Get this book and teach your actor friends how to “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend” this holiday.

"Audition" by Michael Shurtleff - $8+

Give the knowledge of one of the most successful casting directors this holiday with Michael Shurtleff’s book Audition. Here’s a way to help get the actor in your life the part they want. For beginners to professionals, this book tells it all.

ChloeIMG_5120-7Headshot session - Price varies

It’s a dog-eat-dog world in the theater business; help your actor land the part by giving them a session with a photographer to get that perfect headshot. Headshots are expensive and as any struggling actor will tell you it’s one thing that can make or break your audition if it’s down to a few people.  (To learn about StageBuddy's production services, including headshots ($180), click here.)

Class cards (5-10 classes) to Steps or Broadway Dance Center - $85+

This gift works for those of your actor friends who enjoy dancing or at least improving their skills. Taking dance classes requires money; why not give the gift of dance this holiday season by giving a class card to the actor in your life. Broadway Dance Center offers a 5-class package for $85 and it lasts for 2 weeks, 10 classes for $170 that lasts for a month, and a 20-class package for $340 that lasts 3 months. Steps on Broadway offers a 10 class card for $170 that lasts 2 months and a 20 class series for $330 expiring after 3 months.

teresa2.5inchLaDuca Dance Shoes - $200+

Everyone loves shoes and for an actor that’s no different. One of the most coveted shoes for an actor is a LaDuca character shoe. The company has created custom shoes for half of the Broadway productions and continues to create professional custom shoes for productions. Splurge on your actor friend this holiday season by gifting a pair of LaDucas.

TCG Individual Member -- $15+/month

This holiday season give the gift of a Theatre Communications Group membership. With the membership your actor will receive a monthly copy of the American Theatre Journal, plus other great discounts and benefits. Choose from either a local or international, student or adult, and a one- or two-year membership.

800px-Part_of_sheet_music_from_arbanSheet music - roughly $15

You can’t go wrong getting a book of sheet music from your actor’s favorite show. Whether they need a new audition song or just enjoy singing the shows music, the sheet music will make it that much easier for them to sing. So find out their favorite show, if you don’t know it already, and give a gift they can share year round with you.


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Written by: Kelli Kardell
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