Before you begin writing your resume, make sure that you really want to do this on your own. There are many professional resume writers and resume services you may want to hire to help you. Sometimes their expertise makes all the difference between getting and not getting that first interview.
If you decide to write your own resume, the best place to start is to analyze resume examples that utilize common resume formats. This will give you a good idea of the resume templates being used successfully today to land acting jobs.
Next, look at acting-related web sites and publications to help you choose the key words you need to emphasize in your resume so that the 30-second glance the casting director gives to your resume picks up on what is important in your background.
Actor resumes (or acting resumes) need to be written according to industry specific guidelines that are unique to the field of acting. For example, most experts suggest that the resume be attached to the headshot (picture) that all actors use to “sell themselves.” That way the resume and headshot are seen together.
In addition to these important guidelines for constructing your resume, there are many resume tips plus simple resume formats to follow that will help you compose a great resume. Some of the more important rules are as follows:
- Never write more than two pages.
- Use a format that makes the resume inviting and easy-to-read.
- Think about your accomplishments, roles you’ve played, characters you’ve become.
- Tell the truth.
- Use buzzwords and keywords.
- If possible, tailor your resume for a specific job, not just a specific industry.
- Include computer proficiency levels for almost all jobs.
- Ensure all dates link up and leave no suspicious gaps if you are using a chronological format.
- Make sure your cover letter is as good as your resume.
- Practice your audition skills