Air Date: 4/20/2023
Your acting resume is like your business card. It serves to make a first-
Impression tell people the type of work you do and, most importantly, gives them the information needed to hire you to do that work! Your acting resume should be a constant work in progress; something you update regularly throughout your career and training. It’s time tor revamp your resume on Casting Actors Cast!
Here are some helpful guidelines and examples to help you format your acting
resume. These are not hard and fast rules, but rather industry standards that will guarantee you present yourself in the most professional way possible.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
1. YOUR RESUME MUST FIT ON ONE 8×10 PIECE OF PAPER.
2. THERE CAN BE NO TYPOS ON YOUR RESUME.
3. ALL NAMES MUST BE SPELLED CORRECTLY.
4. WHEN ATTACHING RESUMES TO HEADSHOTS, STAPLE ALL 4
CORNERS WITH THE FLAT SIDE OF THE
STAPLE ON THE HEADSHOT & PRONGS ON THE RESUME.
5. WHEN EMAILING YOUR RESUME, ITS BEST TO SEND THE FILE AS A PDF. THE TOP OF YOUR RESUME
• Your professional name
• A thumbnail headshot (can be the same headshot or a different look)
This is one more opportunity to put a face to your name.
Helpful in case your headshot and resume ever get separated.
• Contact information
There is no need to include your physical address on your resume.
Pronouns (Optional, but highly encouraged)
NO NEED to put your hair color or eye color.
▪ If your headshot is attached and/or you have a thumbnail photo.
▪ Hair and eye color on resumes goes back to the days of black and white headshots!
• Union affiliation
If you have any union affiliation, including eligibility, be sure to include it towards the top.
• Agent information
If you’re represented by an agent, you’ll most likely be required to add their logo and contact information to the top of your resume as well.
Listing Your Credits – General Information
• Separate your credits by project type / medium.
• Always lead with your most well known, recognizable, or “impressive” credits.
There’s no need for credits to be listed in chronological order!
• You can choose specifically what you want to share on your resume.
• You can use either a 3 column layout or a 4 column layout to format your resume.
A 3 column layout combines the name of the theatre/production company and the director.
A 4 column layout separates the director’s name into its own column.
▪ Make sure you’re consistent with whichever format you choose!
Non-Acting /Industry Related Jobs
Jobs such as: Print work, extra work, directing, stage management, and other
non-acting theatre jobs ultimately do not belong on your acting resume.
HOWEVER: if you don’t have much experience as an actor yet, it is ok to list
these under “Related Experience”
There’s no need to put a “references” section on your acting resume.
Jeffrey Dreisbach, Casting Partner, McCorkle Casting LTD
New York, NY