Sample Actor's Resumè

 

Like headshots, there are many different kinds of acting resumes. No two acting resumes look the same. Don't waste a lot of time doing this. Casting directors and talent agents don't care about fancy type and paper. They want an organized, readable, resume with some decent credits.

Here's the simple formula:

  • Contact info - How to contact you
  • Description - Your height, hair color, eye color
  • Credits - Anything you've acted in - theatre, commercials, shorts, anything!
  • Training - Any acting training you've done
  • Union Affiliations - Do you belong to any unions? SAG? AFTRA?
  • Skills - Special things you can do - both physical and language skills

Even if you don't think you have much to put down, do it anyway. Even if all you have is your name, do it! You have to start with something. Once you start, you're going to build your resume with real roles. Don't worry about putting small things on your resume. If you have little or no experience, then focus on your training! As you obtain roles, these will go on the resume!

Incidently, this is why you want to order headshots without a printed resumé on the back. Just staple your constantly updated resumé to the back of the same headshot. We recommend printing your headshots in 8 1/2 X 11 inch format so standard letter paper with your resumé information won't overlap the old 8X10 photo prints!

Beginer's Resumé Sample

Benjamin Wannabe
81 Three Mile Course
Apt 3
Rio Rancho, NM 87126
Phone: 555-555-1212
email: ben@myemail.com

Hair: Brown
Height: 5' 9"
Weight 165
Eyes: Hazel

Credits:


Store Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . The Take . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UNM Student Film
Thug #2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Armed Tonight . . . . . . . . . . . .Independent Film


TRAINING:


Currently enrolled in UNM drama school
DFI acting seminar

 
SPECIALS SKILLS:


Horseback riding, Karate, Swimming. Fluent in French
 

 

Intermediate Level Sample

Imon Myway - SAG
5507 Executive Way
Suite 1A
Albuquerque, NM 87231
Phone: 555-555-1212
email: Imon@myway.com

Hair: Brown
Height: 5' 3"
Weight 115
Eyes: Green

Credits:

The Mask . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Super Market Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director Chuck Russel
The Glass Menagerie. . . . . . . Laura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Theater of Innovation
Corporate Video . . . . . . . . . .Customer Service Rep . . . . . . . . . . . . Quest
Nadir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lead Role . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Independent Film
Days of Our Lives . . . . . . . . .Day Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NBC
Store Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Take . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ,UNM Student Film
Girl on Train . . . . . . . . . . . . .Armed Tonight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Independent Film

TRAINING:

- Theater of Innovation, San Diego, CA. Improv and scene study
- Smokey Mountain Players guild, Texas improv and theater group
- Currently enrolled in The Guilford Theater Players club workshop

SPECIALS SKILLS:

Horseback riding, Karate, Swimming, Racket Sports, Fluent in Spanish, French and German accents Stenography. Fencing and motorcycle racing.
 

Advanced Level Sample

Alma Stastar - SAG/AFTRA
Represented by Applause Talent Agency

5507 Tanoan Rd.
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Cell: 505-555-1212
Agency Phone: 505-555-1212
email: alma@allpause.com

Hair: Brown
Height: 5' 6"
Weight 125
Eyes: Green

CREDITS:
Films:

Rush Hour . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . Teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Co-star of Jackie Chan
Castaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stewardess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Zemekis dir
Dead Poets Society . . . . . . . . .. . . Co-ed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pete Weir dir
Goodfellas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Babysitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Martin Scorcese


Television:

Teaching Mrs. Tingle . . . . . . . . . . .Martha , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,WB
The Simpsons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Voice of neighbor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fox
Bounty paper towels . . . . . . . . . . . Waitress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . National
Staples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Store clerk . . . . , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , National
As The World Turns . . . . . . . . . . . Day Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ABC

Theater:

A Streetcar Named Desrie . . . . . . . Blanche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yale University
The Glass Menagerie . . . . . . . . . . Laura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yale University
Death of a Salesman . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Lohman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stratford Theater
The Rainmaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lizzie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stratford Theater
Taming of the Shrew . . . . . . . . . . .Sugarsop . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Taper Theater

TRAINING:

- Groundlings, Los Angeles, CA 4 years
- New York High School for the Performing Arts
- Acting workshop, The New School, New York
- Yale University Drama degree
- Norman Sturgis improv work shop, ongoing
- Keith Mitchell Scene study, 2 years

SPECIALS SKILLS

Tango dancing, tap dancing, singing, rifle marksman, knitting, speed skating. Fluent in German. British and Irish accents