Top 5 Details to Keep an Eye On In Making an Actor’s Résumé

Top 5 Details to Keep an Eye On In Making an Actor’s Résumé


Before going to an acting audition, it is important that you have your credentials with you in the form of your resume. Although it is indeed tempting to put all your achievements and all that you learned from a series of training into that portfolio, take note that a brief summary will do.

Producers and acting directors do not have the time to read through your entire resume, so follow these tips on how to make a short but substantial one. A resume reflects you and it is important that you give a professional looking one.

1.)    One is the magic number.

Use your summarizing skills. As much as you want to pour your heart and list your achievements into that paper to show how perfect for the role you are, it is a big no. The length of an actor’s resume should all fit in one page, particularly on an 8 by 10 photo.  Casting directors/producers do not have the time to scan everything. Highlight only important roles and projects that you think will be an advantage on your audition for the role.

2.)    Paper should be the same size as an 8 by 10 photo of your head shot.

It is advisable that your resume be printed on paper that’s white, pale grey, or white cream color. It should not be scented and as much as possible avoid putting any unwanted distractions. Although creativity is encouraged in the entertainment industry, professionalism is highly practiced. Acting professionals should print their resumes in standard sized paper (8 by 11.5 ). Just make it fit the page.

3.)    Head shots are hot shots.

Casting directors use head shots as a way to see and “feel” the person who is auditioning for a role. It is important that your head shot highlights your assets. Do not put too much make up. Go for a naturally enhanced look. Update your head shots. Some retouching is excusable but not too much. Whatever the casting director/ agent sees on the photo should be something they see when they call you for a face to face meeting.  Should there be a problem with your photo retouching, see to it that it’s immediately changed. It could cause problems in your future auditions.

4.)    Check the order of the information.

Readability is a very important factor, especially for a professional resume. Professional resume writers would advice that for an actor’s portfolio, these three important things should be placed in this specific order: information about you, credits, training, and special skills. Always put your most important information first on your list before other supporting details.

5.)    Accuracy is key.

It is important that what you put on your resume is accurate. This will establish your credibility as a professional actor. Important and key information should come first on your list. Make sure you update your information up to your most recent project.

Proofread it. Check for any grammatical errors, spelling errors, and other details. It is advisable not to abbreviate. Put yourself in the shoes of your readers, it will count against you if you do not give your reader what you have written on your resume.  Do not forget to staple your head shot together with your resume for that acting audition.