How to list work experience on acting resume?
I’m typing up my acting resume and I was wondering what the appropriate format was for listing a show I was in where I played 6 specifically different characters. And is the format different for when typing up my resume on actors access? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
About the various chracters, was this a tv show, movie, or play? And were they lead or supporting roles? You would list it in three columns (/ denote column brakes):
If it’s a TV.show:
-Show name/Lead or supporting or guest star/Network
-Show name/Lead or supporting/Director
-Show name/various/Theatre or Director (depends on who’s more presitgious)
As far as resume format:
Here’s a link that I made to illustrate what I’m going to talk about:
RESUME-ALWAYS use the 3 column format!
Here’s the standard LA format. In NY, it’s usually the same but with Theatre being higher up than Film/TV (/ denotes column breaks):
At the top and centered:
Name (Centered and is largest in font size)
Union affiliation (if any)
CELL Phone Number
Far Left side below the top and centered stuff:
Right side opposite of statistics:
Agent logo with contact info (sometimes if you have an agent, you can remove your own cell phone and email address. Then weirdos that find your stuff in the dumpster can contact them instead of you)
Title/(Lead, supporting, featured)/Director
Title/(Lead, guest star, co-star, regular, featured)/Network
Title/Specific character played/Production company or director depending on who is more prestigious.
ALWAYS put "List available upon request!" Do keep a separate list of the commercials with the Casting directors involved in case an agent asks.
Skill learned/School or teacher/Location (LA, NY?)
Skill learned/Teacher/School Location
ie. Cold Reading/Margie Haber/Margie Haber Studios, LA,CA
Be creative with this. When I was starting out and interviewing with agencies, they would usually go straight there and talk about my special talents and even had me demonstrate some of them
-Put extra work
-Put Modeling/Print gigs. You make a separate resume for that.
-Put age. If an agent asks you when you meet with him or her, then tell the truth. It’s for legal reasons. ie. Under 18 can’t work normal hours or you have to be at least 25 to do a beer commercial.
-Put your home phone number or address unless you want weirdos coming to your house.
-Put dates. It ages you!
-Have it separate from your headshot. It should be cut to fit and stapled to the back of your headshot.
If you don’t have too many credits or none at all, have a lot of training. That will show that you’re still serious. Also be creative with your special skills and abilities.
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