Resumes for Theatre and Film

An acting resume for theatre and film is essential for landing parts or talent agents. A resume shows the director, casting director or agent that you are working on your career, that you are organized and have good work habits. It also gives these people the chance to check up on your references like with any job. Directors need to know who you are, what you have done, and who you have worked with. The resume is their tool for knowing you a little bit better.

A resume is something that you build over time. You can look at it as an extended business card, and the business it represents is you. The most important part of any resume is your name and contact information. Remember to keep the resume clean and readable. That means don't use fancy or tiny type faces. A good rule of thumb is to use 12 point type (font). Keep it concise; list a few good roles that represent you well. Leave adequate white space around sections. The samples provided are worth taking time to look at.

This page will be made current from time to time, as we obtain new samples and resources for your consideration. We have some examples of acting resumes in .pdf form. This sample is commented and works as a tutorial for this resume.

Also remember, your head shot will be about 8"x10" and most people will print their resume on 8.5"x11" paper. I suggest laying your resume out in your word processor on letter sized paper, and then saving it as a .pdf and printing it to scale as 8X10. This means that you can put the resume on the back of your head shot easily and it is very neat. It is important for an actor seeking work or professional representation in film and theatre to make a good first impression. A resume is the first impression for most actors. Make it count.

This is another sample of an actor's resume.

Read about head shots.
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Jones Resume Sample
Sample Actor Resume



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