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What do I put on my professional actor resume if I have no experience at all? That's a very common question among aspiring actors and actresses. Two of the most important things to put on your professional actor resume are training and special skills.
With regard to acting training and again, especially if you have no experience, getting training from reputable schools that are in line with what the industry standard is for acting school excellence can sometimes help you get your foot in the door.
Other things that agents and casting directors like to see on your resume with regard to training is that you have been training continuously and that you have a solid acting TECHNIQUE. This shows that you are serious about your craft. There are many other types of acting classes you could take , depending on the direction in which you want to take your acting career.
I just put together a page on my site about 23 different types of acting classes one could take. http://www.actingcareerstartup.com/become_an_actor.html
Special skills are particularly important for commercial talent agents and casting directors. The different companies who want to promote their products through television commercials are all so varied and different and the ways in which they promote them are so different that a wide variety of skills are needed. Some actors actually deliberately try and build up that part of their resume to give them more chances of being selected for special projects. Below are some examples of what special skills can be:
fitness, aerobics, weightlifting
shooting a gun, rifle, pistol
stand up comedy
accents and dialects
The possibilities are endless for special skills, BUT whatever your put down in that section, you had better be able to really do. Rest assured that if they call you in for that, you will be expected to perform!
I hope that helps!
Just one last thing with regard to your professional actor resume, one of the first columns agents and casting directors look at is the third column to the right. That is the column in which you indicate who directed the film, theatre piece or other that you were involved in, the production company you worked with and/or the school you studied at or the the the teacher with whom you studied. If those are reputable places and people you indicate in that column, that will be an eye-opener for whomever reads your resume. If on the other hand you just have a lot of "unknowns" in that column, the next thing they will be inclined to look at is For more information about how to actually format your professional actor resume you can have a look at this page link.
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