The best actors were inexperienced at one time.
Remember every actor’s story is unique, and so every resumé is unique.
- Make your resume one page only.
- Your resume should be no larger than 8×10, the size of your headshot.
- List professional credits first for easier reading.
- Keep your resume clean and simple
Name, Stats, and Contact Info
Just like any other kind of resumé, your acting resume format should start with your name. Put it in big, bold letters at the top of the page.
Your name is followed by your height and weight. Some actors mention their hair and eye color too. But if your professional headshots are in color (and they should be), and they’re stapled to the back of your resumé (and they should be), it’s just a waste of valuable page real estate.
If you sing, put down your voice part. And if you belong to any of the unions, put down the acronym. (i.e: AEA, AFTRA, and/or SAG)
Finally, round it out with your contact info. Your cell phone number and email address specifically. If you have an agent/manager/feudal lord, list their contact info instead.
Here’s where we really get down to business. Most actors tend to list their theatre credits first. Why? Because casting directors know their theatre. Chances are, that’s where they got their start. However, if you’re agressive about film and TV, then list those credits first.
Don’t get carried away with this section. Your instinct will be to list every show you’ve ever done. Don’t. Instead, create a small list of roles you’ve played and could play again. Remember, tell them how to cast you.
Beneath your theatre cred, you can list other mediums where you have experience. Film, television, voiceover, commercial, etc. The same rules apply from above. Don’t get carried away.
Education and Training
If you have any arts-related education, it goes in the “Education and Training” section. I’m sure you must have a little training, right? (Hint: Your middle or high school drama club counts.)
Sometimes, casting directors are looking for someone who can juggle, or do a back handspring, or simply has a passport. All of these abilities go under “Special Skills” at the bottom of the page. The more skills you have, the more marketable you are.
Resume Sample by: www.ace-your-audition.com
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