An actor's resume must follow certain preset guidelines. It must be professional, well written, and complete without being exhaustive. You must list all of your past and current training, along with your experience, talents, skills, etc. A theatrical resume is different than a typical job resume, so please refer to the sample provided below and design yours accordingly.
Put as much care and consideration as possible into your resume. Have it typeset, and above all things, have at least two people proofread it before you print and mail it. Remember, talent profile is your real resume, while your resume on paper is just a chronological listing of the jobs you've done and the experience you've had.
Never ever lie on your resume! Everybody knows everybody else in this business, and you'll be checked out carefully before you're hired.
Never exaggerate your measurements, talents, or experience. This slight exaggeration may cause you many problems further down the road.
The same resume is used for both commercial and theatrical auditions. At first, the special skills category of your resume will be the most important. Here you can list and display any and all characteristics or skills that make you stand apart from the crowd and can elevate you when competing for a position. Many parts require a certain skill or ability not possessed by many people and if you are able to do something special, chances are your abilities will be needed by a production. Again, do not exaggerate your proficiencies and be honest in your list.
The only exception to the maximum disclosure rule is applying for work shooting commercials. Never list previous commercials you have done in this instance, simply state that your commercial profile is available upon request. Companies are unlikely to hire an individual who has appeared in a commercial for a major competitor. Of course, you should never lie about shooting a commercial because in this industry, you will be caught and your marketability will suffer.
Furthermore, keep track of the commercials you shoot and the dates they were shot because union rules prohibit an individual from appearing in two conflicting commercials within the same year. For instance, you are not allowed to appear in a commercial for Nike if you just shot one for Adidas.
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