Acting Resume Examples

All the world’s a stage, but you won’t get a good acting job without a good resume. Ultimately, an individual’s ability to act will determine their future. Before the audition, however, you have to catch the eye of the theatrical director or the casting agent for a film, a TV series or a commercial. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), acting jobs will grow over the next decade about 3% or “as fast as average.” Currently there are about 70,000 employed actors in the country, and 2,000 new jobs will be added in the next 10 years. Remember, most acting jobs are temporary — the run of a play or the length of the shoot film — so that 70,000 figure is constantly changing. Below, you’ll find some examples of useful resumes and some tips on how to write a resume that will draw the attention of a theatrical director or a person in charge of casting a film.

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Acting Resume Examples

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Joseph Thomas
(555) 987-4321
[email protected]
AEA/SAG/AFTRA

Eyes: Hazel Weight: 210
Hair: Salt-And-Pepper Height: 6’2” Vocal: Baritone

Experienced actor who has performed important, leading roles in well-known TV series. Also has extensive experience playing character roles on stage and on film. Nationally known for widely viewed commercials. Eager to return to TV series in a role that provides challenges both as an actor and as a person. Also interested in working on independent or studio film. Fluent in Spanish. Creative skills include accents, dance, and stand-up comedy. Knowledge of directing, cinematography, and weapons training. Two-time Screen Actors Guild nominee.

Theater

Hamlet Hamlet UNC School of the Arts, Bill Green

Film/TV

The Truth about Cops Lead LP Studios, Various, Marathon Productions
Between Truth and Lies Regular Riverside Studios, Various, New Edge Productions
Young Forever Regular Peter Studios, Various, Backlot Productions
A Banana Republic 2nd lede Starlight Studios, Jesse Abbott, Big-Name Films
The Horror, Horror Films Victim #3 Global Studios, Barbara Evan, Out-Of-The-Box

Commercial

Adios Beer National
Zebra Insurance National

Special Skills

Dependable, Team Player, Television Production Training , Dancing-Tap, Stunt Training, Fluent in Spanish and French

Training

Drama and Theater Arts Degree
University Of North Carolina School of the Arts, Wisdom-Salem NC September 2006-June 2010
Voice: Matt Black
Dance: Jennifer Hertz

Awards and Accolades

Screen Actors Guild: Two-Time Nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Drama

Beth Jones
(555) 234-9876
[email protected]
AFTRA

Hair: Brown Weight: 135
Eyes: Brown Height: 5’ 4” Vocal: Alto

Passionate, creative, and skilled actor ready to assume the role of an interesting, complex character in a roadshow of Emmy award-winning play. Experienced at playing roles of characters with deep emotional scars. Dedicated to bringing characters to life in a way that immediately connects them to an audience. Extensive study of acting techniques including Stanislavski method and Turner voice control techniques. Received a Best Supporting Actress Award for playing Margaret in A Man for All Seasons.

Theater – Acting

The Cocktail Party Lavinia Chamberlain Thunderbolt Stage, Ned Flowers
Children of a Lesser God Sarah Norman Stage East, Norma Phillips
A Man for All Seasons Margaret Midwest Theater, Jim Smith
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Ginny Potter Talbots Regional Theater, Will Levin
Lady Windermere’s Fan Lady Windermere Loyola Marymount University, Anton Kovach

Theater – Director/Stage Manager

A Little Night Music Lead LP Studios, Various, Marathon Productions
Whose Life Is It Anyway? Regular Riverside Studios, Various, New Edge Productions
The Tempest Regular Peter Studios, Various, Backlot Productions
The Dresser 2nd lede Starlight Studios, Jesse Abbott, Big-Name Films

Special Skills

Dance-Tap, Improvisation, Guitar, Stage Management, Stanislavski Method, Directing, Choreography

Training

Bachelor’s Degree in Theater
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA September 2009-June 2013
Master’s Degree in Theater
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA September 2013-June 2015
Voice: Allison Lovett

Awards and Accolades

Best Supporting Actress, Capital City Theater Awards, Washington DC

Lynn Thaller
(555) 678-4321
[email protected]
AEA/AFTRA

Hair: Blonde Weight: 135
Eyes: Blue Height: 5’ 6” Vocal: Soprano

Young actress with excellent soprano voice, perfect for musical theater. Can play either lead role or character parts. Have experience as an understudy. Skilled in using improvisational techniques during high-pressure performances. Dedicated to providing audiences with a connection to play through song and acting. Singing teacher was Vera Cosgrove, who appeared in over 25 Broadway musicals. Ready to assume a main role in regional production or in road show of nationally touring production.

Musical Theater

Oklahoma! Laurey Williams Asbury Park Theater, Mike Harteis
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Sibella Hallward Upside Theater, Laura Paris
Avenue Q, Kate Monster/Lucy Ithaca College, Nate Gabriel

Theater – Director/Stage Manager

A Little Night Music Lead LP Studios, Various, Marathon Productions
Whose Life Is It Anyway? Regular Riverside Studios, Various, New Edge Productions
The Tempest Regular Peter Studios, Various, Backlot Productions
The Dresser 2nd lede Starlight Studios, Jesse Abbott, Big-Name Films

Special Skills

Team Player, Dancing-Ballet and Jazz, English Accent, French Accent, Choreography, Crying on Cue, Puppetry, Dependable

Training

Bachelor of Theater Arts
Ithaca College, Ithaca NY September 2013 to June 2017
Voice: Vera Cosgrove
Dance: Igor Sarkovski

Awards and Accolades

Best Solo Vocal Performance, Nebraska State High School Choir Championship
Outstanding Musical Theater Student, Ithaca College Theater Department

William Regan
(555) 678-1234
[email protected]

Hair: Red Weight: 170
Eyes: Brown Height: 5’ 11” Vocal: Tenor

Talented, dependable and hard-working theater graduate excited to audition for a role in new work by a nationally recognized writer. Received very positive reviews from local media for role as Bottom in Shakespeare play. Extensively studied theatrical techniques including Method Acting and Uta Hagan Technique. Determined to bring to life a new role in unproduced play.

Theater

King Arthur’s Court Jester Thompson’s Dinner Theater, Hal Norris
A Midsummer’s Night Dream Bottom University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peter Jane
Jumping Jones Peter Jones Madison New Theater, Elizabeth Clarke
Canterbury Tales Baker University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peter Jane

Special Skills

Dancing-Jazz, Juggling, Guitar, Mime, Acrobatics, Tumbling, Improvisation, Method Acting, Uta Hagan Technique

Training

Bachelor of Theater Arts GPA 3.40
University of Wisconsin-Madison September 2016-June 2020
Voice: Peter Jane
Dance: Lilly Ackroyd

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Acting Resumes

While some resumes won’t require a profile, many will. Unlike resumes for more traditional jobs, an actor’s resume will not be put through applicant tracking software (ATS). It’s almost certainly to be first handled by a theater director or a casting director for a film, a TV episode, or series or a commercial. They want to see what work the actor has done in the past. But there is still a need for a resume to use important skill words that a director or a casting person looks for when seeking the perfect actor for a role.

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Acrobatics Actor training
Clowning Comfortable working with animals
Comfortable working with children Cry on cue
Dance Hard-working
Juggling Language fluency
Mime Puppetry
Singing Stand-up comedy
Story telling Team player
Understudy experience Voice training
Weapons handling
Action Verbs
Agile Athletic
Dedicated Dependable
Devoted Empathetic
Energetic Evaluate
Examine Reactive
Teachable

Tips for Writing a Better Acting Resume

Feature your leadership abilities

Working in theater can require you to assume a leading position within the production. This is the case if your goal is to one day be a director or if you have a leading role. As a director, it’s important that you highlight your ability to bring solid direction to a play, a film script, or a commercial script. When you are a lead actor, other actors in the play often look to you for direction about how to respond to important administrative questions.

Example #1

Good


Skilled director familiar with using creativity and boldness in bringing new works to creative life. Have worked successfully with small casts of 2 to 3, as well as large ones of 10 or more.

Bad


Skilled director who has worked on new productions.

Example #2

Good


Hard-working, dependable actor who has held leading roles in several off-Broadway productions. Chosen by fellow actors to be their AFTRA representative in four different productions. Strong ability to creatively juggle the demands of a leading role and the administrative functions of being union rep.

Bad


Worked as union rep on several productions.

Write an eye-catching professional profile

When you’re looking for an acting job, regardless of the medium, someone is looking for the right person to fill that role. So it’s important for you to orient your resume towards the part that you would like to play in the production in question. It’s important to highlight any roles that you had that are like the role that you know is being cast.

Example #1

Good


Experienced, energetic actor experienced at playing villains or henchmen in high tension TV thrillers. Skilled in accents and weapons training. Played role of main villain for season 3 of TV series, Shocked Again. Appeared in six episodes.

Bad


Played bad guys on TV.

Example #2

Good


Skilled singer and dancer and puppeteer, familiar with using puppets in live productions. Acted as/manipulated Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q and Nala in regional production of The Lion King.

Bad


Used/acted with puppets on stage.

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Whether you’re an experienced actor or a theater school graduate fresh out of college, one of the most important things you can do with your resume is to align it as much as possible with the role that you know the director or casting director or associate is trying to fill. That means you need to look at your overall theatrical, film, or similar experiences and orient your resume toward the roles that are like the one that’s being cast.

While it’s true that directors have been known to cast someone in a role based on their appearance alone, that’s usually not the case. Most of the time people responsible for casting a play, a role in a TV series, or a film want to find someone who has experience in playing these types of characters or has the skills that show they can play these roles.

For instance, if it’s a theatrical role, you should lead with your theatrical experiences. If it’s casting for a commercial and you have commercial experience, that’s what’s at the top of your resume. If you lack experience in the type of role that’s being cast, you should list your roles in the order of their importance. So, if you had the lead role in a production by your college’ s theater department, that’s what you list first.

Example Casting Call


Seeking performers/hosts for Snappy Camp, a virtual show for kids. Production states: “Mix PBS-style children’s learning experience with a little Broadway-like magic and voila! That’s Snappy Camp. Snappy Camp performers are diverse, creative, and love kids. Performers will work closely with our directors to create high-energy virtual entertainment, forming strong bonds with audiences and providing a helping of joy for families across the country.”

Qualifications:

We’re looking for energetic, creative individuals with a passion for singing and dancing. Scripted material will be provided to cast on a daily basis. Demonstration of arts and crafts and do-at-home projects a possibility. This position works 8am-4pm ET during weekdays 40 hours weekly.

*Note experience in live entertainment in resume i.e. work in live performance at theme parks a plus

Therefore anyone applying for the role should have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Creative
  • Love children
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Arts and crafts
  • Theme park Performance

Now you have a good idea of what the casting directors are looking for. Your job is to examine your resume and find the relevant keywords and make sure that your resume reflects any similar experiences.

Here’s what an actor’s resume profile might look like to match the job description:

Acting Work Experience Example


Skilled actor, comfortable working with children. Worked as camp counselor in upstate New York during freshman college year including leading classes in arts and crafts. Spent two summers as singer and dancer in daily performances at Six Flags in Iowa. Joined Upside Down Theater, an experimental theater troupe, in 2019 following college graduation.