Monday, February 24, 2014

Resume

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Keep it simple
Tell your story.
Use an industry format.
Ask your agent for their preferred format.
Do not lie.
Do not exaggerate.
Show your best.
There is no such thing as SAG-Eligible.
Make sure you have talking points.
Resume and Photo must be kept up to date.

Resumes
    Resumes are talking points for those you audition for, much like a professional employment resume. They should follow one of several accepted industry formats. 

They should never lie. 

Do not represent background work as acting work. 

Do not list teachers or coaches with whom you only took a few hours or few days of workshop. Rule of thumb: will they now you and recommend you if asked?

As a rule, once you have the credits, drop smaller roles, coaches you have studied with for less than a full year and talents or abilities at which you could not claim an expert level of proficiency. 

Do list your talents and abilities, because they can be used as ‘talking points’ or may qualify you for consideration of specific roles. Las Vegas talent has historically abused resumes and photographs, by not looking like their photograph when they show up for an audition, by keeping half truths on the resumes, by not investing in the proper tools and by not making both their name and their agents’ name and number or personal contact number easy to find and read. Resume and photographs are part of why Las Vegas has the reputation it does have, beyond specialty entertainers found in shows on the Las Vegas Strip.


NEVER list SAG-Eligible, as done above. It simply tells professionals who hire that you had a SAG role or extra slots but are not professional or serious enough to join the union.


There are many formats for resumes. As a rule include your name and a contact number plus union affiliation at the top. Start your credits with film, then TV, then theater, then training and special skills (make sure you are good at these, at least far above average if not a trained professional). If multi-lingual, list languages as special skills. . Do not include commercials, or if you must simply put "commercials on request". This is done because commercials listed often are considered, without asking you, conflicts and may keep you from even been seen for the work. Also, modeling resume's are separate. As a rule (rules can be bent or broken) modeling should not show up on a TV/Theatrical resume. 


In some markets commercial actors are no considered for film or television roles and visa-versa (although this trend is being eroded by celebrities doing commercial work). 

If you have an agent or manager, prepare a resume exactly the way they request, then make a separate document (never to be used if you are submitted by the agent for work) for your own use.

In this computer age there are also formatted forms to fill out. They may or may not showcase you at your best, but this is the society we now live in.

Resumes submitted electronically should be submitted as pdf or as a photo. Word may change formats depending on the computer settings on the receiving end. If "word" is requested, then submit word.
Note: Do not put SAG-Eligible...its shows you are not ready to be a profesional (either join a union or remain non-union / pre-union). 

Now a few Theatre Resume samples:



See also the following:





A few sample resume sites:

bestsamleresume.com 
e-how.com
actorspages.org 
resumeforjobs.com
extrasformovies.com
www.bestsampleresume.com
Actingbiz.com
Primerforactors 
Theatergroup.com
actor sample 1  

Feel free to share additional sites, your resume or to share info at: info@lynchcoaching.com




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