What in heaven’s name is supposed to go on my resume, anyway?
There are countless resume examples in any industry, so if you have found a “talent resume” format you like, ask yourself if it’s easy on the eyes. Then ask a few friends. If they can’t easily pick out credits, skills, and coaches, you might want to try a new format. Your agent might also suggest a format that works well. One guideline that is not flexible is the fact that your resume should only be ONE page and should fit on the back of your 8 x 10 headshot.
The basic talent resume should obviously include work credits. Your credits should be positioned in the most flattering way to your experience level. If you are a seasoned talent with an overflowing resume, categorize your credits to help clients readily find what they want to see.
Most talent want to showcase their training. Coaching is a great way to highlight skills that aren’t yet showcased in your credits. It’s also safe to delete your Training credits if you need more room to add important credits. In this case, put an asterisk beside the word “training” and add a small note at the bottom that says “training available upon request.” Of course, be sure to supply your agent with that list if you go this route – someone just might ask for it!
Special skills might be the second most important part of your resume. What sets you apart from the pack will give you an advantage in the casting room. Production crews like interesting people – heck, we all do! Share with everyone what makes you unique. Be sure you can deliver what you advertise!
Hobbies are things that classify your abilities as a talent, but maybe aren’t totally unique to your demographic. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t important, though! For example, we see requests for things like “cool dude to rock out on piano with major artist in commercial.” Cool Dude doesn’t need to actually make pretty sounds on the piano, but he does need to have the basic knowledge to look like the real deal. If you put Piano in your Hobbies because you play for family gatherings, you’ll get the call. If they needed a Mozart level musician, they would have looked under Special Skills.
Last, but not least, your agent’s contact information and your basic stats should be included. Don’t forget that when someone books you, all the “thinking” has been done and they have moved on to “action.” They need to access your sizes quickly. And more importantly, they need to know how to confirm the booking. Help yourself by supplying them with all the necessary tools to make your dreams come true!