In the business world, hiring managers shouldn't be concerned with the appearance of the job applicant. But a casting director needing to fill a role on stage, film, or television, may be looking for special physical characteristics in the actor. This is just one of several attributes that make resumes for actors special.
In this article, we're going to provide some guidance on the topic of resumes for actors and actresses. As part of that guidance, we're going to review the various styles of resumes, and determine which style is most appropriate for someone looking for an acting role. Then we'll move on to some of the special considerations that need to be addressed on the resume. Finally, we'll provide an example that can be downloaded for free.
When choosing a resume format for an acting position, it's important to understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of each style. While the example provided later on will be tailored to someone with more experience under their belt, the information below is valuable for those that are new to the profession too.
There are currently three resume styles in use today:
Since the combination resume is arguably the most complex resume format in use today, the example provided is going to be in that style.
When preparing an actor's resume, there are going to be four modifications to the standard combination format. These adjustments are necessary to reflect the unique nature of the acting profession, including:
While it's tempting for an actor to take a less-formal approach to preparing their resume, this is done at the risk of losing a role. It is a mistake for rising stars to think it's a good idea to let their personality shine through on their resume. Witty comments are best said at the appropriate time; don't let them be a show-stopper on a resume.
As mentioned, a resume for an actor or actress is going to deviate a bit from the standard format. The example is going to clearly illustrate those differences, with the ultimate objective of producing a document that will grab the attention of the casting director. Performers looking for a downloadable example can find one here: Actor or Actress Resume.
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