Your resume will soon become a bank of important information . . . and maybe a little stuffing to beef it up. How can you separate the stuffing from the turkey? (Yes, Thanksgiving might be on the brain.) We can’t highlight the credits we’re most proud of, but we can position them to be showcased.
Say you’ve done a lot of student films, maybe a few extra or stand-in roles, and some local community theatre. That’s a great start for a young actor, but it doesn’t sell you as highly respectable just yet. And then you hit the gold mine – a day player on a major television series or a supporting role in a movie. Well, first off, congratulations! We’re proud of you and your success! Since it’s the most recent credit, it goes at the top of your resume. You’ll ride the high of accomplishment for a while, but what happens when you book your next gig? It’s another student film, which you appreciate because it’s a substantial role, but putting that above the major credit is a big bummer!
Well, here’s the deal. Yes, there are some guidelines that we follow within the industry. And yes, the most recent work you do is supposed to go at the top of your credit list. But as some very wise person in the business once said, “Those are just guidelines.” So if your resume has a great credit worth highlighting, make it as noticeable as possible!