A performer’s resume allows casting directors to see their successes, where they’ve come from, and who they’ve worked with. Your working and learning history are all right there for potential employers to see. A good resume allows people to find a connection to you and your work. Knowing what to add to your resume and what to leave off can be a challenge when you’re trying to include as much information as possible, yet still, be concise and to the point.
A headshot is exactly what it sounds like, a close-up shot of your face. A good headshot should be as equally straightforward as your resume. Casting directors and booking agents need to be able to see who you are without any gimmicks. If you want to be treated as a professional, you have to present yourself as a professional. A well-executed headshot is your chance to make an instantaneous positive impression. Here are some tips on presenting your best self when it comes to headshots and resumes.
Get Professional Help
While getting a friend to take a photo with their phone may seem like a good idea (it’s certainly cheaper than using a professional) amateur headshots are very easy to spot, especially to people who look at headshots all day long. There are many things the professionals take into consideration when planning a shoot including lighting, angles, and backdrop. A professional photographer will also be able to give you tips on how to pose and how to set the scene to make sure you get excellent headshots. Then they edit the best shots for you so that you can put your best foot forward.
When choosing an outfit for a headshot photo session or an audition, you need to choose clothes that are flattering but not distracting. Solid colors with no labels or logos on them, that compliment your skin tone are what you should be looking for. You want people to focus specifically on your face and nothing else.
Including Your Resume
Resumes are always attached to the back of your headshot. This gives casting directors a one stop shop to all things “you”. You can staple or print it to the back of your headshot, just make sure it’s there. Only film, stage, or tv credits mean anything. Do not include high school plays unless you are, in fact, in high school and those are your only credits.
Formatting Your Resume
Other than listing the parts you have played, there are a few other items that should always be included on your resume. Truly the most important thing you can put on your resume is up to date contact information. You’ll never get hired if no one can get in touch with you after your audition. Another thing you need to include are your physical attributes (height, weight, hair color, eye color). Lastly, any memberships you are affiliated with should also be added to your professional resume. This means any union affiliations or organizations that could link you professionally to prospective employers.