While acting resumes aren’t always necessary, it can be a good idea to list out your accomplishments for potential directors next time you go in for an audition. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced actor or someone who’s just starting out, here’s what you need to know about writing an acting resume.
Just like any regular resume, formatting and including basic information on your acting resume is of the utmost importance. Be sure to include your stage name (and/or real name) at the top of your resume, with current contact information listed directly underneath. This way, when a director wants to reach out to you, they can get in touch with you easily!
You’ll also want to include your height, weight, and even your hair color. Combined with a quality head shot, such information can allow a director to remember your face and determine whether or not your look would fit the role. You can list your age in this section as well, but that’s not always necessary.
After you’ve recorded the basics on your acting resume, you’ll need to move onto listing your experience. This is arguably the most important part of any resume, so it’s important to include the most recent and relevant acting experience you have. For formatting purposes, start with the most recent experience and work your way down from there.
When listing your experiences, be sure to include the date in which they occurred, like you would on a regular resume. However, because this is an acting resume, you will also want to include the section of acting your experience can be classified as, for example: television, commercials, theatre, etc. This will help directors know how much prior knowledge you will be bringing to the stage, which can only bode well for you.
Along with date and section, you can include the responsibilities you had during the experience. If you were set design, describe what you did. If you had a lead role, briefly explain the role. If you were an extra, write it down! No experience is too small to include on your acting resume. Directors like diversity in a resume, so don’t be afraid to include even your most obscure acting jobs.
Training and Skills
Of course, there’s more to acting than just the experiences you have had on stage or behind the camera. If you’ve taken any classes or lessons, or you have perfected a certain skill, include it on your acting resume! Classes and lessons indicate that you’ve mastered a certain area of acting, or that you at least have enough passion to voluntarily receive instruction.
For skills, be sure to include those that are relevant to your acting career. If you can dance or sing, write it down. If you can speak another language or have done a significant amount of stand-up comedy, now’s your chance to let it be known!
As stated earlier, acting resumes aren’t always necessary, but it never hurts to keep an updated resume on hand. To learn about upcoming opportunities at your local Norcross theatre, visit the Lionheart website today.