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Whether you’re an actor, lawyer, doctor, waiter, or annihilation else, résumés butt professionals beyond a array of careers.
Today our Backstage Experts accord their best answers to the question: What does and does not accord on an acting résumé? And, what can you put on a résumé back you’re aloof starting out?
Here are several answers from industry professionals spanning altered areas of this business to accord you some perspective!
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Carolyne Barry, on-camera and bartering teacher
I accept résumés don’t accept to be long, but rather they aloof charge to be impressive. Agents and bartering and affected CDs accept beneath than a minute to attending at it. They are usually not absorbed in the aggregate of what they anticipate is not significant. They attending for teachers, schools, theaters, studios, directors, etc., who they respect. Then, agents and CDs could accompany you in. (Obviously there are exceptions and some will see actors with little “résumé power,” so to speak.)
Actors can candidly accomplish their credits, training, and abilities arise stronger. Here is an archetype in anniversary chic of what I suggest:
Los Angeles (or wherever)
Show Name Role Year (if adequately current) Amphitheater or Director
Film, TV, or Web Series:
Film or TV Name Role Year or City Assembly company, Director, or Studio
Course Name City Year Teacher or Flat
When actors are starting, their abilities and hobbies can get advice them get bartering auditions and sometimes added acting assignment (when physically right). For the amount and how to accomplish it powerful, apprehend this Backstage commodity of abundance on the topic.
David Patrick Green, architect of Hack Hollywood
What should you put on your résumé? As little as possible. Put yourself in the shoes of the actuality examination it. In best cases, they alone accept a few abnormal to attending at your material. If it is awash and overwritten, it will be adamantine to latch assimilate what is accordant to their project.
If you don’t accept abundant acting acquaintance again acting it with training and/or activity experience. Acquaint the adventure you appetite bodies to hear. The alone affair that affairs is whether you can do the job. If your acquaintance does not accomplish that clear, acquaint them article that does.
Cathryn Hartt, architect of Hartt and Soul Studio
What’s on a résumé: beard and eye color, acme and weight, date of address (for anyone beneath 18), credits, training, and appropriate skills.
Standard order: film, television, commercials, voiceover, industrials, theater, training, appropriate skills.
Film and television: Account the project, acclaim (character name optional), and flat or production.
Voiceover: Voiceover work, music videos, claimed appearances, etc.
Theater: Account the production, character, and venue
Training: Account the chic name, coach, venue, and city
Special skills: Account concrete abilities or added abilities that adeptness be bare to acreage a job
What’s not on a résumé: age range, categories in which you accept no experience, clay and book work, and accomplishments work.
Tony Howell, architect of Creative Social Media
What does belong? Abutment affiliation, acquaintance information, height, articulate type/range (for singers), credits, training, and appropriate skills.
What doesn’t belong? Fancy fonts and formatting, your address, eye/hair blush or weight, apocryphal credits, abilities you’re acquirements and ranges you’re reaching, and staples (more than one page).
Starting out? See all of the above, and assignment with what you have! Until you accept able credits, academy productions (or alike scenes you’ve formed on in class) are fine. Aloof notate this acquaintance truthfully. Until you accept representation, claimed acquaintance advice is fine. Basal line: Package and present yourself as professionally as you possibly can.
Joseph Pearlman, L.A.-based acting coach
Your résumé is artlessly a certificate which shows your credits, training, and appropriate abilities in a able manner. If you don’t accept a lot of apparent credits, there are still means to enhance the all-embracing presentation. For example, if you acted in indie films which played at festivals or won awards, you can denote that on your résumé with an asterisk and a agenda at the bottom. If you’ve aloof done apprentice films, account the name of the administrator rather than the name of the university, unless it’s a celebrated blur school, such as AFI or NYU. Highlight your training and accomplish abiding the résumé demonstrates that you accept advised with acclaimed teachers. Use the appropriate abilities area to account abilities that could add to a production, such as battlefront a pistol, gymnastics, and adopted accent skills. Accept fun with the appropriate abilities section! Add an offbeat appropriate accomplishment such as “dropping cyberbanking equipment” or “catches every Seinfeld advertence no amount how obscure.” Generally that can be an amoebic and fun talking point during an audition. In our Career Coaching Program, we advice actors barrage their careers and assemble résumés for best impact.
Jackie Reid, manager, and buyer of L’il Angels Unlimited
Things that about go on the top an acting résumé are your name, representation, and age range. In the anatomy of the résumé goes your credits, including the name of the project, your appearance name, and the arrangement on which the appearance appeared. If it is a theater/feature blur project, you would account the name, your role name, and the director’s name. You should additionally specify if the role was a co-star, bedfellow star, or lead. Abutting comes education. This is not the name of your aerial academy English teacher; these are classes that are accordant to the industry such as acting lessons, improv, cold-read technique, singing lessons, ball training, etc. Your abutting chic is skills, (speaking chatty Spanish, horseback riding, and ice skating, arena the oboe, or active a motorcycle). Things that aren’t appropriate abilities would be adequate shopping, account spy novels, and bistro sushi. Save those for your Media profile.
When you are aboriginal starting out, the aboriginal affair that casting admiral attending at is with whom you trained. Seeing acting coaches that they apperceive and account will accessible doors back you accept a résumé with no absolute acting credits on it.
Jessica Rofé, architect and aesthetic administrator of A Chic Act NY
One affair that actually does not accord on a résumé is your home address. Abnormally back ambidextrous with kids, this can be absolutely alarming if it avalanche into the amiss hands. For kids and adolescence who may not accept a lot on their résumés, they should accommodate any academy or association amphitheater productions they accept alternate in, as able-bodied as classes they accept taken. Additionally account all appropriate skills. This is abnormally important back it comes to bartering casting. If your adolescent has a appropriate skill—like are chatty in Spanish or they are a amber belt in Karate—put that down. You never apperceive back a job calls for a kid who can do article special!
Denise Simon, NYC-based acting coach
A résumé not alone food your acquaintance information, but provides all of your experience, training, and appropriate skills. Your name should be in a beyond chantry up top with your acquaintance phone, email address, and if you accept one, a website and abutment below. Never put your home address, as you don’t apperceive area your photo will end up. You can account important facts such as height, weight, beard and eye color, and if you are a agreeable amphitheater performer, your articulate blazon as well.
Your acquaintance should be disconnected up into categories: theater, TV/film, and commercials. In three columns account the name of the production, the role you played, and area you performed or who produced it. Your résumé should be on one folio alone and laid out artlessly in columns, authoritative it accessible to read.
Warning: Do not lie! If you are aloof starting out, account any bounded or academy credits you have. If you accept none, aloof put your training and appropriate skills. Your appropriate abilities should alone accommodate those you excel in. For a sample résumé appointment this articulation on my website. Best of luck.
Ilene Starger, NYC-based casting director
It is so important to accept an categorical résumé, analysis it generally for accuracy, amend it, and additionally analysis to accomplish abiding you accept the actual spelling of titles/personnel mentioned. I generally see résumés with typos, and that can abash an actor. Don’t put a baby photo of yourself on the résumé, or your weight and height; accumulate it apple-pie and uncluttered.
List acquaintance advice and projects in which you’ve acted (not added work). Account your training/education. Account your appropriate skills, but alone if they are austere abilities (musical ability, adopted languages spoken/dialects which you can do, adeptness to ride a horse, etc.) if applicable. If you accept bifold citizenship, account that, and whether or not you accept a blooming agenda (if you’re not a U.S. citizen). Don’t put asinine abilities bottomward which would accept no address on your adeptness to do a role. And be accurate about not overstating your skills. I already casting an amateur who said he could ride a horse, and, on the blur shoot, he was abashed of the horse and it acquired austere problems for the production.
If you’re aloof beginning, put your apprenticeship and whatever acting you’ve done on your résumé, as able-bodied as agents with whom you’ve advised or classes you’ve taken. Best importantly, alike if you accept no credits, be truthful! There is no abashment in actuality a beginner!
John Swanbeck, director-author
Many blur and television directors, against date directors, aren’t as absorbed in résumés, as they are with headshots and audience or broil reels, which they adopt aloft all. Interestingly, what blur and television admiral apprehension back they do attending at an actor’s résumé is whether or not the amateur has every played the brand of the blur or television appearance the administrator is casting, whether or not the amateur has anytime played a agnate blazon of role, as the one for which he or she is auditioning, and, if so, how often, and whether or not the amateur can accompany annihilation to the activity that will access the project’s contour aural the industry, or on the anniversary circuit, or to financiers and distributors. Barring that, they adulation advertent addition new. I already assassin an amateur who had alone acclaim on her résumé. It read, “Your abutting movie.”
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