One of the most important things that every actor should bring along during acting auditions is a well-crafted resume. It is a great way for them to market their skills and talent; therefore they should take extra care in creating them. Resumes should contain relevant information about past working experience as an actor, but then again, not all information can be considered relevant and important on the receiving end of the resume.
Actors’ resumes should be created in a way that will keep a talent agent or a casting director interested. Upon receiving it during actors auditions, they should be able to say that this actor is right for the job. Sadly, not all actors know how to effectively draft their resume.
There are many versions of how resumes should be written, which can sometimes confuse the aspiring talent. Eventually, they end up missing out on some information or adding in information that talent agents, producers and casting directors will not find useful. So, here are some of the more effective practices that actors can use when creating their resumes.
1. Omit the home address and age range.
Talent agents and casting directors do not care about where you live and you will not find them knocking on your door anytime so there is absolutely no need to put that there. They will not care about your age either; they already know that no one admits to their real age in show business.
2. Refrain from stating the obvious.
You have blue eyes and blond hair – that is pretty obvious. They can see that in person and they can see that on your headshot, too. Things that are pretty obvious like your weight, your height, etc. do not have to be written on your resume anymore.
3. Extra roles are not considered as real actors jobs.
Getting a role as an extra in some production does not qualify as a real acting job. Therefore, it will not add credit to you as an “experienced actor”. If you have only been cast as an extra, it is best not to include that on your resume.
4. List yourself as “Guest Star” or “Co-Star”.
Putting in the name of the character you have played in the past will only confuse the casting director or agent. They will not know whether you were booked for a featured or a minor role. To avoid confusion, add in Guest Star for TV roles and for movies, add in Co-Star.
5. For work on Student films, include names of the school.
Starring in student films as part of the main and supporting cast can be used as acting experience. Only they should be written on the resume indicating the name of the project, the student-director and the school. The information will only be useful if the school has been indicated.
6. Always be truthful.
Some actors would try to bloat the truth just to make themselves look good on their resumes, but the fact is, talent agents and casting directors will always find out about it. These things can be very simple, but they can ruin a promising career with just one lie. So, it is safer to put in information that is as truthful as possible.
7. Always include your phone number and email address.
The greatest mistake an actor could do is to leave out their phone number and email address. Your resume is the single way they can get information about you. It would be a shame if they read through it, find you interesting and then end up at a dead end because they could not contact you.
8. Have someone proof your final draft.
It always helps to have someone else read your work to check for errors. In that way errors can be avoided and missing information can be added. These people can also give some advice on other things that could help build a strong resume.
9. Furnish a clean and neat copy.
Nothing is as impressive as a clean and organized copy of your resume. Neat resumes send out a message to agents and producers that you give value to your craft and that you badly want to be part of their production.
10. If you should add in more information, make sure the handwriting is legible.
There are times that even after proofreading the resume, there will still be errors. So in case you have to add in some information, make sure that you write it legibly. The information would be of no use if no one can actually read it.
Aspiring actors do not need to worry if their resumes look empty; it is but normal to have little to no experience. What matters most is they learn the proper and more effective way of creating one. So, in the future they can easily impress any producer or casting director with their resume during acting auditions.