How To Write Your Acting Resume
Your acting resume is there to show off your training and classes you’ve taken, past work and experience as an artist, and any special skills you may have. This means that your resume should be as professional as possible – skip the glitter and fancy fonts and stick to clean lines and clear information.
Name, Contact Information, Physical Description
- Contact information. List your contact information or the contact information of your agent/ manager if you have one. Don’t put your address on your resume.
- Personal Information. Your height, weight, hair and eye colour. You do not have to put your age on your resume unless you are under 18.
- If you want to audition for Musical Theatre, list your vocal type in this section too. For example, “Voice: Tenor”
In this section, list all of the acting parts you’ve had. You’ll group them by Theatre, Film and Television. If you have Web Series credits, you can make a section for that as well. If you have lots of experience, you may have different resumes prepared, and choose one to present depending on what you’re auditioning for. If you are auditioning for Theatre, you’ll bring your theatre resume. The same goes for Film or or TV auditions.
List your most recent parts first in each section. You don’t have to add dates to the roles you worked on, as long as they belong on your resume. Remember, don’t list high school plays if you are an artist in your 30’s.
For your Theatre section, you list the Name of the Show, followed by your Role, Theatre Company and Location of the Production. You don’t have to add the director of the show unless they’re well known.
Here is an example:
Theatre (partial list)
Antigone Terisias Jumpstart Theatre Group, Cape Town
Romeo & Juliet Romeo Big Bang Theatre Company, Johannesburg
Film & Television
In this section, list the Name of the Show or Film, followed by the Type of Role (not your character name), Network or Production Company and Director of the Show or Film.
Don’t put work as an “extra” on your resume.
Here is an example:
Uzalo Co-Star SABC1 / Zuma Ncube
Hectic Nine-9 Presenter SABC2 / Dan Witbooi
Johnny Is Nie Dood Nie Supporting Christian Olwagen
Training and Education
List all of the acting classes and workshops you’ve taken in this section. If you have a university degree, you’ll add that here.
This is the last part of your resume. Here you can list all your special skills, such as accents. Include physical skills such as acrobatics or martial arts. Make sure this list is something a casting director can glance at – keep it short and simple, and make sure that you are able to demonstrate anything on your list of skills in that moment! If you can’t do an Italian accent on the spot, don’t list it.
Here are some basic tips on how to write a professional acting resume:
- Your resume must always be one (1) sheet of paper.
- It must be easy to read – use lots of white space.
- You don’t have to include details of every role you’ve played since primary school. Include only experience that is fairly recent, or which includes a special skill relevant to the part (such as juggling / opera)
- Don’t use any crazy fonts! Stick with Times New Roman or Arial.
- Never lie on your resume! Seriously, never ever lie because at some point you will be caught. The arts and performance community is small, and someone will find out. Protect your reputation.
- You can choose to print your resume on the back of your headshot, but I wouldn’t. What if you just landed a part and you have 20 already printed headshots & resumes? You could write the new role in but that just looks sloppy.
- Do not put extra work on your resume. Generally, extras are cast by looks and don’t need to submit a resume. Your resume is part of your professional presentation.
Congratulations… you have your acting resume!
Remember that in order to succeed, you must keep training to become a better performer. Check out one of our upcoming classes or workshops and add to your list of special skills, brush up on your acting and network with like-minded artists!