An Actor’s Resume is Your Professional Calling Card
Along with your 8x10 photo, your actor’s resume can be a powerful tool to
help you get your next acting gig. It 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?
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 of your actor’s resume include any union
affiliation 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.
In the main body of your actor’s resume 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. For movie and theatre credits you can list
specific roles. For television you could either be a guest star,
recurring or featured. You should also make the distinction between
theatre 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 you earned.
Below the 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!
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!