One of the biggest things to remember when getting into acting and modeling is that first and foremost, this is a business. And just like every business, you have to apply for a job by submitting your resume.
Even though you may have an agent or manager who can interact with casting directors to get you auditions, you still need a resume for them to show what you’ve done. Building up your resume is essential, especially when you’re first starting out.
How Do I Create My Resume for Acting or Modeling?
- First, you want to make sure all of your contact information is listed including telephone number and email. Be sure your email address sounds professional and just includes your name. No silly nicknames or jokes. You want casting directors to take you seriously. Include your representatives’ contact information as well if you have an agent or manager.
- You should also include your height, weight, hair color, shoe size, and clothes sizes. These measurements help casting directors know if you’re the right look for the part they are casting.
- With each new project that you do, you want to make sure you add it to the “Experience” section of the resume. List the name of the project, your role, and the production company’s name involved. Be sure to list as much of your experience as possible, no matter how small your role might have been. This includes high school plays and work as an extra in a movie. This shows that you’ve been constantly pursuing this career and are dedicated to it.
- You also need to list your training on your resume. This would include any workshops, classes, or seminars you’ve taken to build up your experience. Training is essential for any job and acting is no different. Show off what you’ve learned as it demonstrates what you should be capable of.
- Also make sure you mention any special skills you have. This can range from horseback riding to competitive soccer, and even yoga experience. If you’re bilingual, add that too! These little differences really make you stand out.
Besides your resume, you absolutely need headshots. You’ll attach your best one to your resume when you submit your information to casting directors. This helps them know if you look the part they want you for.
Get Started on Your Resume Today
Does Meryl Streep need a professional acting resume? Probably not because she’s world-famous now. But she probably needed one at some point!
None of us are Meryl, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be one day! Start building up your resume. Act in plays. Find time to be an extra. Try out for that big role. Take workshop training.
Do anything you can to beef up that resume. It adds credit to your name and gives you the experience you need to be discovered!
Check out our Regional Resume Building Workshops coming to a city near you soon!