How to Make an Acting Resume

The resume of an actor describes his physical appearance like his height, weight, features, hair color and eye color, his credits like the projects undertaken by him, his contact information, which is usually that of his agent or his manager, and his talents like the languages known to him, his hobbies, etc. Whether you have experiences of working in ten different films, or just one high school theatre play, your resume looks the same, more or less. However, these details have to be necessarily listed for your prospective employers. Your employer needs to have a fair idea of all your past experiences and gains through them. Steps given below will give you a fair idea of what you should include and what you should format in your respective acting resume:


  • Begin by opening a blank document on Word and typing your name, address, phone number as well as email. Also enlist your other details like your height, weight, hair color, etc. below this.

  • After your personal information, start enlisting your work experiences by your personal preference but in categories. You can enlist all your experiences whether in films, television, theatre or even a commercial. First enlist those categories that you have maximum acting experience in. if your audition is for a commercial, and you have good experience in the commercial field, first write about those.
  • The next point to be mentioned is your qualification in the area, i.e., the numerous workshops, acting classes, courses, etc. that you have attended.
  • After this, enlist the honors and awards you have received for your acting roles in the education details column.
  • Also enlist your particular skills like dialects, accents, archery, dancing, etc. These special talents will draw special attention.
  • After jotting down all these details in a Word document, take out some print outs that you must keep handy for any auditions that may be coming your way.

Some dos and do nots for your acting resume:

  • In case your resume has more than one page, then staple it in the upper left corner only once to give it a very neat and tidy look.
  • Make sure your contact information is up to date and your email is correct.
  • Enlist only those projects that are the best.
  • Write down only about your real experiences. Do not brag or lie.
  • Make use of the standard 8 & ½ * 11 format sized paper for the resume.

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About the Author: Vanessa Page works a career counselor in one of the leading firms in Los Angeles. She is also a blogger and gives tips on how people can tackle their work and career issues. She has 8 years of experience in this field.

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