The struggle is very real for young actors. The world of performance and entertainment is scary to the newcomer. Getting your foot in the door can be challenging. Before you ever attend an audition, make sure you have an actor’s resume. This resume will give you a professional look and leave a good impression, much like a typical resume for an average job search. What should you put on your resume? Which things should be included?
A head-shot is one of the most important things an actor can have. A still of their best features taken by a professional photographer is essential to be included on your resume. These head-shots may be the first visual a casting director has of you. If you’ve sent in the resume in hopes of getting an audition, you are unlikely to get a callback if they have no idea what you look like. Be sure to get a good head-shot to include in the upper corner of your resume.
When looking for work, it is important that the casting director knows you are not totally inexperienced. Be sure to include any productions you’ve been in underneath your bio/ information. These productions can include commercials, high school plays, internet videos or anything you’ve ever acted in. While you may think it is not important due to the unprofessional background of each production, including these shows the casters that you are not an amateur.
Right next to your head-shot and above your production experience, include your contact information. It may seem obvious but in the process of it all, this information can be forgotten. Even if you include a business card with such information on it, be sure to put the information on the resume itself. A name (stage name is fine), phone number, email address, personal website (not social media) or an address should be included. On my own resume I have a link to my personal website, stage name, phone number, email address and address. Never assume the director will get a hold of you with only one method. Some prefer online interactions while some prefer phone calls.
With all of this information included, casting directors are sure to be impressed with your resume. Simply auditioning may not be enough. Leave them a face and contact information to remember when they are making their decisions. Even if you weren’t the best for the role, you may be the easiest to get a hold of. Often times, the use of an actor resume will land you roles you never even thought you’d get.