Getting started, actors and actresses need a foundation. The resume is one way of showing professionalism in the entertainment sector. What do you need to work in Hollywood or at least get into the performing arts? For starters, along with your 8×10 photo, your actor’s resume can be a powerful tool to help you get your next acting gig.
Why Write an Actor’s Resume?
This is the paper that could help you become a Hollywood actor or get roles in plays. No, it’s not guaranteed but why not make every possible effort to succeed? Your actor’s resume is the calling card that you’ll leave behind with any potential producers, directors or casting agents that provides them with all your pertinent contact information, training and experience.
This means you want your actor’s resume to always look professional. After all, isn’t that how you want to represent yourself?
Filling Out an Actor’s Resume
At the top of your actor’s resume should be your name and contact information. This should be formatted into a banner type of headline.
It is not necessary to include a home address but you want to make sure that whatever phone number or e-mail address you might use is current and working. You don’t want to miss that important call!
Along with your contact information at the top you might include any union affiliation like SAG or agent and management representation. These can go either directly under your name or in a column on either side. Below your name, list your physical attributes such as height, hair and eye color.
Boast about Your Past Acting Jobs
In the main body of your submission you should list your performing credits and experience.
This can be done in three columns listing the title of the show then your role then the place or production company that produced the show.
Even if you are not a famous actor or actress, list the most movie and theater credits you can list with specific roles you’ve played. For television you could either be a guest star, recurring or featured. You should also make the distinction between theater and film by giving them separate categories.
Beneath your performing experience you should then list your training and education. This should be what is pertinent to your career. If you went to Columbia and majored in law it really wouldn’t matter on an actor’s resume. Although you can and should list any degree from an acting school you earned.
Include Other Training on Your Actor’s Resume
Below the actor or modeling education section you should list any skills you might have such as being proficient in dialects, dance styles or any other athletic abilities like skateboarding or juggling. Keep in mind that you might be called upon right on the spot to perform any one of those abilities so you better know how!
One Page Only
Your actor’s resume should fit onto one page. Ideally this should be attached to the back of your photo either by staples or printed directly onto the paper stock. Don’t let a lack of experience stop you from building a resume.
Each credit has value but you shouldn’t fabricate roles because you never know who you might be auditioning for. And if you have new additions, don’t scribble them out with a pen. Make a quality update.
As mentioned above, your actor’s resume is a representation of your professionalism. Don’t leave any room for doubt! Now that you’ve got the formula, start on your resume for acting today as nothing happens until you make a move. Best of luck with your acting career.
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