Acting Resume – Every actor needs a resume
A resume is used every single time you submit yourself for roles, when you are looking for a talent agent and when you go to an audition.
Acting resume format
A resume should be 8” by 10” and stapled to the back of your headshot. If your paper sticks out from the sides or top and bottom, trim the excess to match the size of the headshot.
Your resume should be printed on standard white or off-white paper. Information and credits should only fit on one page, casting directors expect to see only one page.
Acting resume - marketing tool
It is typically recommended for you to keep up to 10 copies of your headshot and resume handy at all times. You may have these for example, in your car, office, desk, home office, etc.
Also, it is recommended that you carry it with you when you attend networking events and workshops as you never know who you might meet. Your resume and headshot are the most important marketing tools as an actor.
What if I don't have any experience?
As a new actor you won't have a lot of credits to include on your resume and that is ok. I’ll show you how to put together your resume with no experience in a new blog post - stay tuned!
Acting resume Layout
Follow the basic resume layout from this link and build from there. If you are trying to build a career as an actor, you have to get the credits first.
Don't worry about looking for an agent until you have training credits, film credits, and stage credits.
The first couple of things you will be able to include on your resume are your theater and your training credits.
Training as a newbie is very important, that's all that you will have to list until you start getting jobs. That is the only way you can compete when you first start.
Set a goal to add a few credits each month. Set a realistic goal, possibly 3-5 credits per month depending on where you live.
This process of adding credits to your resume is a marathon, not a sprint. You have stay at it and get one job after another, you can't give up.
Once you start working, keep changing your monthly goals to get more credits per month. Every job is an opportunity to network with others, learn from others, and possibly get together with someone to do a new project.
Special skills in your Acting resume
In addition to your training and your experience onstage or on film, you need to include any special skills that you possess at an intermediate or advanced level. Be sure to include only things you already do as a hobby or on a semi-regular basis.
Do you play the flute regularly and are pretty good at it? Include it. Did you play the flute one semester in Junior High? You might want to leave it out of the resume.
In my e-book, I have a chapter with an extensive list of special skills included so that you can add some of these to your resume if you are drawing a blank.
Special skills include athletic abilities, performance skills, accents, fluent languages, disabilities, disability assistive devices and anything else you think will help you stand out from the bunch.
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