This morning I caught some of Bill Hader's Fresh Air interview from last August. Hader is leaving Saturday Night Live this week, after seven seasons.
Hader joined SNL at the same time as Andy Samberg. They auditioned on the same day. I laughed out loud when Hader described running into Samberg in the audition area. Hader had no props, Samberg brought lots of props. Hader thought to himself, "Oh no...I'm so unprepared! This guy brought props!" Meanwhile, Samberg was thinking (as he later recounted to Hader), "Oh no! That guy is so much better than me. He doesn't need props!"
In th end they both got the job, props or not. There is no right answer, except this one: to thine own self be true.