Aligned Stars Agency – Resume Basics

“How do I format my acting resume?” I get this question asked all the time and there seems to be 1000s of different answers out there. So, here is a compilation of formats I think work for the Southeast Market:

Overall Themes of your Resume:
Your resume sells a story just like your Headshots. It needs to look consistent throughout. Stick with one font that is easy to read. The only exception for a different font is for your name (that is completely optional). Standard sized Acting resumes are 8in x 10in. This is non-negotiable. Casting Directors will immediately trash anything that does not fit neatly in their pile. That means you will need to play around with the margins to get this to print correctly on standard paper. You will need to trim the paper to correct size after printing. Lastly, your resume must be one page.

What does it look like?

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Starting at the Top:

What is needed in the header? Well, this one is pretty standard.
  • Your Name
  • Agency Name
  • Agency Phone Number & Email
  • Height& Weight
  • Your Personal Website (optional)

The Header Section

You don’t need your age, age range, eye color or any other descriptive characteristics of your looks. Your Headshot is in full color so those traits are easily obtained. You don’t want to put the age range YOU think you are on there either … the casting director may think or want differently. Let them decide that! Do not add your personal email or phone number on the resume. It is your agent’s job to talk to production and set up your contract.

Font size should follow the format of the Name being the largest font and the rest of the font remaining the same. The only reason to start making font smaller is because you are running out of room on the paper (Yay for being a working actor!!).

The Meat (of the Meat & Potatoes) Section:

This is where the heart of your resume goes – Your work experience. Now, you have to ask yourself: “What do I want to book?’ Television & Film based jobs? Stage & Theater based jobs? Commercials? What is most important to you? Since this article is directed at all my talent I’m going to assume Film & Television is most important (Lets face it … droves of actors aren’t moving here from LA and NY for our booming theatre gigs). So, I prefer the following Categories for projects:

Proper Billing for Each Section: