Keep it simple, easy to read, simple, straight forward
and without any frilly extras, colors or gimics.
On the average casting directors look only five to seven seconds at the resume.
Make it easy to read, to catch the highlights and in a standard format. Use the format and stile your agent recommends.
Keep the format simple.
Keep the font easy to read.
Make sure you have talking points.
Keep your resume up to date.
Keep resume to one page.
Your resume be structured with film on top,
then TV, then theater, training and at the bottom
Keep your credits current
Leave off anything that is not directly relevant -
and that includes high school drams credits.
DO NOT LIE! It is easy to verify information, and
if you are caught, you will ruin your reputation. Word gets around very quickly.
DO NOT LIST BACKGROUND OR EXTRA WORK
unless you are a beginner or less experienced in a location market
where this is considered the norm. Clearly label as a local hire
if you choose to take this route and do not list the "roles" as anything
but background. ONCE YOU HAVE ENOUGH CREDITS OR
IF YOU MOVE TO LA OR NYC drop all reference to background work.
If you are not a dues paid members of a union, do not list "eligible"-
it labels you as nor serious enough to join and become a professional.
And finally do mention that your are a SAG-AFTRA member
but do not use the union SAG-AFTRA logo.
List your contact information.
Clearly indicate your role in the industry language.
List if you are a local hire.
Make sure you are good at anything you list as a special skill.
Source: SAG-AFTRA Spring 2013 Magazine.
See also the following:
A few sample resume sites:
actor sample 1
Feel free to share additional sites, your resume or to share info at: firstname.lastname@example.org