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Question: Hi, I'm kind of young, and I want to try out for a part in a movie, but it's my first time, so I don't know how to write a resum� to a casting director. Think you could help? --Jennifer

 

Answer:

Hi Jennifer,

There are many excellent books out there on how to format your resum� and how to write cover letters, etc. Basically, you want to look at as many other actors' resum�s as possible and get an idea of what the format is, based on your level of experience and training.

The basic format for an actor who wants to work in TV and film is this:

Name
union status
phone number (or agency info)
Hair: Color
Eyes: Color
  Height: Height
Weight: optional, really

 

Film
Title
Title
Character/Status (lead, supporting)
Character/Status (lead, supporting)
Production Co./Director
Production Co./Director

 

Television
Title
Title
Character/Status (principal, co-star)
Character/Status (principal, co-star)
Production Co./Network
Production Co./Network

 

Theatre
Title
Title
Character/Status (if not well-known)
Character/Status (if not well-known)
Theatre/Director
Theatre/Director

 

Commercials
Conflict List Available Upon Request.

Training
School (Instructor): Type of training received
School (Instructor): Type of training received

Special Skills
List of the things you do well (accents, sports, hobbies, anything that shows your personality and abilities outside of the above credits)

Demo Reel Available Upon Request.

And that's that!

Of course, don't say you have a demo reel if you do not. If you do not have any commercial conflicts at this time, you can change that line to "No current conflicts."

You'll see variations on the above, but this is the general format and one that works very well for most people. The casting directors you submit to are going to expect your resum� in this format, so don't get cute or deviate much from it.

Hope this helps!

-Bon.

Bonnie Gillespie is a Los Angeles casting columnist, the owner of Cricket Feet Management, and the author of Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews.