Write an Acting Resume
While headshots are an actor’s business card, a resume is also needed to list your credits and special training. Resumes for an actor, however, are not the same as a traditional “corporate” resume.
The first thing on a resume should be your name, and your physical information. Along with your name, you should indicate which, if any, unions you are included in. Physical information on your resume should include height, weight, hair color and eye color. Some people put their age, but it seems a more appropriate substitution would be “age range”. This allows you to be considered for roles that are either younger or older depending on your look. For example, a very young looking 30 year old may put their physical description, along with an age range of 22-28.
After your name and physical description, you should then list your credits. You should include the production name, your character, what kind of role (lead, co-star, recurring, etc), and the director’s name. There are many ways you can approach this section. Most prefer to list credits beginning with the most recent, but you may want to change that if there is a special role, such as a high profile leading role, that you want to draw attention to. You should also break down your credits into the different categories that they fall into, such as Films, Television, and Stage. If you are just getting started, and have no professional credits, you should definitely include any high school or college plays or musicals that you were a part of.
Next, you should list any special training that you’ve had. If you’ve been to any workshops or taken any classes, you should list them here. Be sure to include a description of what the class was for, as well as the instructor, and the dates of the training. Any type of training, workshop, or seminar that you’ve taken to improve your craft should be listed in this section.
Finally, you should list any special skills that you have. If you are an avid tennis player, can juggle, and know how to square dance, you should list all of these things. Many times it is possible to get a role not based on how you look or what training you’ve had, but instead because they need a performer who has a specific skill. In the beginning, it is important to get any and all experience possible to add to your resume.
This is a basic outline of the most common style of resume used by performers. Of course you will see some that stray from this formula, and you may to decide to do something slightly different yourself. That’s fine, just be sure that the important information is provided in a clear, easily readable format.