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C.5.a  Format for ACTORS 

If you are applying to be cast in a present or future production, attach your résumé to the back of a black and white, 8 X 10 glossy.  Cut it to fit and staple it on so it won’t get separated or dog-eared. The image should reflect what you look like without the aid of extensive makeup or air-brushing.  Keep it natural looking.  Keep your head-shot current.

Make sure your name pops-out at the top.  Include information on how you may be contacted.  You may want to be careful about giving out your home address and phone number.  A phone service, postal box, e-mail address, contact through parents, a friend, or other such ruse may be preferable, but it’s your decision. If you can get an agent, would be a plus. 

List important vital statistics: affiliations, and what may not show on a black-and-white head-shot (hair color, eyes, height, weight). 

Do not try to include all your experience.  When someone scans your listing quickly their eye will catch the first four or five titles immediately.

Do not put down the dates you attended classes or school.  It biases your experience as either too new or too old.

Do not worry too much about chronological ordering, preferring instead to honor those productions which featured you doing what you think you do best.  Of course, a Seattle Repertory Theatre credit is going to count more than one from Seattle Pacific University.  But will it if the Rep credit is for a walk-on and the SPU credit is for Romeo or Auntie Mame?  Decide accordingly.

Also, be aware that playing a fifteen minute cutting in an acting class doesn’t count as having “performed” that character.  Acting class scenes are not public performances.

List your special skills:  Musical, fencing, athletic, organizational, language skills and the like, indicate the kind of mind, personality, and discipline you have.

The description of your training should include all pertinent degree work, workshops, master-classes, dance classes, whatever special-focus skills courses you’ve taken.

Theatrical awards can be listed separately at the end or with the show for which you were honored.

Next Section: C5b: Format for Designers and Technicians

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