The Artist Resume required by today’s arts and entertainment industry highly encourages emerging artists to show off both creative abilities and certain social skills. Though talent is a critical part of success in this job, talent alone will not convince employers or gallery owners to take you on as a team member. You also need to demonstrate communication skills, organizational skills, and self-discipline.
What Information Do I Need To Start?
All Emerging Artist Resumes Should Start By Providing:
- Your Name and Contact Information
- Honors and Awards/Grants
- Professional Affiliation
- Related Experiences/Related Work Experiences/Professional Experiences
1. Visual Artist Can Provide:
Exhibitions — List the title of the exhibition, the exhibition space, and the city and state where the exhibition
was presented. If your exhibition experience is extensive you may want to divide your exhibitions into separate
categories of exhibitions – solo shows, group shows, juried exhibitions, invitational exhibitions, touring
exhibitions, museum shows, etc. As well, if notable, the curator or juror of the exhibition is often listed.
Collections — This category can be divided into private collections, corporate collections, permanent public collections, etc. It is considered proper etiquette to ask permission to list a private purchaser/owner of your work if you intend to list them on your résumé.
Other categories — Visual artists may also include categories such as: commissions, residencies, and installations on their résumés.
2. Performing Artist Can Provide:
Performances/Recordings/Productions — No matter what type of performing artist you are, you need to devise a way to categorize your experience. Many musicians categorize experience based on recordings, compositions, and performances. Choreographers and dancers use choreography, performances, and productions as categories. Always list the title of the piece, your role in the work, where performed, other collaborators or performers if appropriate, and any other relevant information. If the piece was commissioned you want to indicate this as well, although many performing artists list commissions in a separate category.
Collaborations — If you have extensive work with others, you may want to list your collaborative work in this category. Clearly indicate your role in the collaboration and list other collaborators and their
Commissions– Again, if a substantial amount of your work is done via commission you could include your commissioned work in its own category
3. Literary Artists Can Provide:
Publications — Listings should contain the title of the piece, and where published or the publishing
press. Some literary artists separate out publications into fiction and nonfiction, fiction and poetry, or
separate out book length works from magazine/newspaper publications, etc.
Readings — In this category you can list any public readings or presentations of your work. List the
title of the work presented, and the venue.
4. Media Artists Can Include:
Films/ Videos/Shorts /Digital Media /TV — Media Artists should include information about completed
and in-production works. If you have a significant amount of work you can divide this category into
separate categories that are tailored to your experience. Some media artists divide their experience
according to their artistic role in the work — as an actor, director, writer, etc. Other media artists
categorize their experience by the different types of work they do — video, TV, feature film, short,
etc. In all cases, list the title of the piece, your role in the work, other collaborators if appropriate,
screening location and any other relevant information.
Screenings/Festivals — If your work has appeared at several screening locations or has been included in numerous festivals you can list the various screening locations and/or festivals in which your work has appeared. You may also want to note any awards or special recognition your work received at a particular festival, if you have not already included these achievements in the honors and awards category
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