December 5, 2008, Newsletter Issue #142: What Makes a Good Resume?

Tip of the Week

Think of your acting resume as a calling card. You are presenting yourself to complete strangers who know nothing of your talents. With that in mind, be sure your resume is:
Neatly typedNo longer than one pageEdited and proofreadUpdated on a regular basisIn correct formatIn addition, you should be sure that your name and contact information are prominently displayed at the top of the page. This is so your resume can be found easily among others.

When attaching your resume to the back of your headshot, be sure it adheres solidly. There should be no clips or opened staples to snag on other photos in the casting director's pile.

Don't use clever fonts or colors on your resume. Keep the type simple, such as Tahoma, Courier, or Times New Roman. Always use black ink to print your resume, and be sure it doesn't smudge.

A small effort on your acting resume will go a long way toward presenting yourself as a professional.

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