Being an actor one of the greatest feats of getting into the industry is just trying to get your foot in the door. One of the key things that you need to have is a good resume that outlines your experience, education and skills.
Your resume should fit on one page and be on an 8×10 piece of paper so that it can go on the back of your headshot. Stick to normal fonts like times new roman and arial, do not try to use crazy fonts. These tend to make your resume look sloppy. In addition, make sure to add headers such as education, roles, special skills, so that your resume is easy to read and they can find your experience faster. In addition, make sure to staple or securely fasten your resume to the back of your screenshot. Auditions get many many head shots and resumes so it is easy for things to get mixed up and resumes detached.
What To Add
There are definitely a few things that you should add to your resume to make you standout for the part.
- Roles – It is important to list all of the relevant roles that you have been in. Make sure to list the most recent ones as well as parts you’ve had a bigger role in as opposed to ones that you did at the very beginning of your career or were just a stand in.
- Separate Categories – Separate the different roles you’ve had into separate categories like theatre, film, and television. This will show the diversity of your experience as well as help casting directors and producers see your experience better.
- Special Skills – In addition to your experience you should include any special skills that you have. This includes accents, stunts you can do, flexibility, how you can transform for a role, etc. These special skills may set you apart from the crowd and help you land the roll over someone else.
- Be Honest – Do not fluff up your role into being a supporting actor if you only had one line in the show. The industry is small and they will find out. In fact, sometimes they ask to see examples of the work and then you will be caught in a tricky situation trying to explain yourself out of why you amped up your role.
- Contact Information – Don’t forget to add your contact information onto your resume so they have any easy way of reaching you. While your manager’s information might also be important the director might want to just contact you directly so it is safer to do that.