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What Should I Place On My Resume?

November 1, 2013 1 Comment

From Casey, WI:

What Should I Place On My Resume?

 

Dear Casey:

I do have a few suggestions. In my book How to Become a Successful Commercial Model, I have a sample resume that you can use as a guide.

The most important part of your resume is to be honest with your credits. You can list productions you did, even if it was years ago. As long as you really were in it, then list it.

If you were taking a class and did a scene study, then list it as a scene study. That way people know you have studied, and they will also know what you have studied.

If you decide to list extra work on your resume, make sure you let people know it was extra work. Don’t try and fool others by making it seem like you really were a “day player” when you were only an extra.

Don’t list anything that has to do with modeling or pageants. Also, if you have some interesting special skills, make sure they are listed.

Just remember, it takes time to build a strong resume. People don’t get cast because of their resume. The resume gives more information for casting to see, but your look and audition is what gets you the part.

About the Author:

Aaron Marcus has been a full-time actor and commercial model nearly 3 decades. His  book,  How to Become a Successful Commercial Model is now in its 5th edition. Aaron has given his seminar: The Best Way to Get Work as an Actor and Commercial Model over 500 times in four countries. He also offers online workshops. Aaron saves 4 days each month to give private on-line coaching sessions.

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  1. Bonnie Strahs says:

    My agent told me not to put “extra” on my resume, but rather to put the name of the role, i.e. “party guest.”
    Is this okay to do as long as you’re not claiming you were a lead character? And if you’re a featured extra, can you put the title of the role followed by “featured” – i.e., Vasquez attorney, featured?”

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