Is An Acting Resume?
(by AM Staff)
When an actor goes to audition
with a casting director or talent agent, he or she is
usually asked to bring with them a headshot and a resume.
The actor's headshot is a photo representation of the
actor, usually 8 x 10. Usually stapled or glued or printed
on the back of the actor's headshot is the actor's resume.
The actor's resume is a document that lists an actor's
career accomplishments and abilities, such as the actor's
background, training, and acting work history. Casting
directors, after evaluating the actor's appearance, will
study the actor's resume to determine if the actor has
enough experience and the right kind of experiences to
perform an acting role.
What Should Go On My Résumé?
The most important aspect of the
résumé is experience. Actors should list any plays,
commercials, films or television programs they have
performed in. Experienced actors should limit the
experience portion of their résumé to the experiences
that are most notable, career-defining and eye-catching.
Meanwhile, inexperienced actors who may have very little
experience, should list all the relevant experience they
have, including church skits and high-school
Actors can list any relevant
performing arts training in their ‘training’ section.
For instance, if an actor has taken acting classes at a
local, community theater, the actor can choose to make
note of that training in this section.
Actors should list any special skills they possess. For
example, if you know how to speak Spanish, you should
put that on your acting résumé in a ‘special skill’
section. That way, if there is a casting director
seeking an actor who is fluent in Spanish, they will be
more likely to choose you.
What Should NOT Go On My Résumé?
In order to keep their résumés
concise, actors should leave irrelevant experiences off
of their résumés. This would include non-acting or
non-performance-related experiences such as which
courses the actor took in college; unless of course the
actor took theater or acting courses in college.
To pad their résumés, some
unscrupulous actors attempt to add experiences they
don’t actually have, such as claiming to have been in a
movie they were never in. Lying on a résumé is a big
no-no. Actors who get caught have their careers damaged.
And, the actors who don’t get caught cheat themselves
out of actually gaining the true experience needed to
become a better performer.