An acting resume is an essential document when you are applying to audition for roles in film, theatre, or other artistic endeavors. Similar to a resume for job-hunting, your acting resume should include your past experience, credentials, and personal information. Your resume will help pave the way for the casting director to notice you, and should help land you an audition if they find interest in your work or in your appearance.
Get a head shot. When applying for auditions, a head shot is an important part of the resume. This gives the casting director a first impression of what you look like. They might be looking for stereotype roles, and you just might fit the bill in terms of appearance.
Create a heading. Your heading should include your name in large and bold print. Include your address and contact information in smaller print. If you are being managed by a talent agency or ana gent, you can include their information here, so that the casting director can get in touch with them for any roles or follow-ups. You can also include organizations or acting unions that you are a member of, such as the Screen Actors Guild or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Create a short description saying something about yourself, and the roles that you feel you can best do. This is a short biography that will help the casting director determine what kind of person you are, and whether you are likely to fit the role.
List who you’ve worked with. In the artistic world, sometimes who you’ve worked with can be important in getting yourself in an audition. List directors and actors you have previously worked with, if any.
List personal information. You will have to describe yourself. Apart from the headshot, give the casting director an idea of what you look like. Describe your hair color, skin tone, eye color, height, and weight. You can also state your age, but you should also include an age range. This will describe how young or how old you can appear. Most TV ad movie roles are played by people younger or older than their roles.
List your acting credits. This is one of the more important parts of your acting resume. In reverse-chronological order (meaning most recent first), list down your experience, in different categories. These can be in Film, Theater, Music Video, and the like. If you have had considerable experience, only list the major roles. If you’ve been nominated or have won any awards in these categories, then list them also alongside the role you played when you got the award or nomination.
List special skills or awards. You can list down special trainings and skills you have undertaken during your career as an actor. This can include acting, voice and dance workshops that might come in handy to the role you are planning to audition for.
Print your resume. Print your resume on clean, heavy paper and attach your headshot in front before submitting to the production company or casting director. If you have had some experience in film, you can also include clips of your prior roles attached in DVDs. Enclose your resume in a clean envelope properly labeled with your name.