Before you can impress a casting director so you can get that coveted role, you need to impress them with your acting résumé. The latter is different from headshots in that headshots are portraits that only show what you can do as an actor on the surface level. Aside from headshots, you need to provide an acting résumé that will show your acting background like previous jobs and past educational achievements. An acting résumé is instrumental in helping an agent or a casting director look into your credentials as an actor so they can make informed decisions as to whether you’re right for the role. The following are tips on how to craft an acting résumé that will make you stand out:
How to Create the Perfect Acting Résumé
- Keep it to one page. It’s a common practice in other industries to extend a résumé to two pages. In the acting world, however, it’s preferable that you keep your résumé to a single page. You will know why when you continue to read on.
- Attach it to the headshot. A headshot is only capable of showing what you look like, but it won’t be able to relay anything beyond that. Attaching your résumé to your headshots makes it easier for the casting director or agent to determine if you are right for the role. This is the reason for the previous condition of why your résumé needs to be a single page.
- Make it neat and traditional. While you certainly want to make your résumé stand out, the one thing to remember is to keep it looking professional and neat. When it comes to fonts, stick to classic ones like Times New Roman or Arial. Also, steer clear of colored text; traditional black text is more professional. Finally, don’t clutter your résumé with excessive text. Your résumé should be easy to read, brief, and straightforward.
- Tell only what’s true. Your résumé should only contain facts about your skills, qualifications, and acting experiences. Trust us, you don’t want to risk lying on your résumé only for your casting director to learn later on that you fabricated information on it. And they will realize this once you actually start with the job. In the showbiz industry, a good reputation goes a long way, and lying on your résumé will only serve to tarnish it.
- Tell only what’s relevant. In line with the previous tip of keeping your résumé up to a single page, you must keep the information on it only to the stuff that are truly important and relevant. Include the following in your résumé: your own relevant physical descriptions, contact information, affiliations, special skills, past TV, film, and theater experience, and relevant education such as an acting course in university.
- Get feedback from others. In such a big industry, it helps to reach out to people who are in the know when it comes to crafting the professional acting résumé. You can ask help from your fellow actors, especially those who are more experienced, as well as to others in your professional circle.
- Always have a résumé or two handy just in case. You never know when you might meet casting directors or agents, especially when you’re living in New York or Los Angeles, and they might ask for your résumé on the spot. It never hurts to be prepared.
A Guide to Crafting an Acting Résumé by George