Headshots & Resumes - Tips For Actors & Models
Headshot is what it sounds like. A professional photo of your face. The most important thing about a headshot is that the photo looks like you, perhaps
a better, more glamorous version of you, but still you. I've had directors not recognize the headshot and not remember the person's audition. Your
physical characteristics are the main interest of whatever job you are auditioning for. This is not always the case though, if you're a good enough
actor/actress; the casting director may pencil you in for another part if you do not have the specific look they are casting for mainly.
A resume is a very important tool, even if you do not have much experience. First off, it will tell the casting director who you are, measurements, and
hair/eye color. Second, it will show your experience and special skills/interests you have. Third, the contact information on who to get a hold of to book
you for the job. Remember, every job is different and you must treat it as though it was a job interview. Imagine how would you dress and act if you
were to be interview for your dream job.
Print or staple your resume to the back of your headshot. I've been told that casting directors prefer you to staple the resume using four staples, one
in each corner.
If you are stapling, trim your resume to fit the headshot. You do not it want to look sloppy.
Make sure the head shot shows your face. I've seen headshots that are so close-up, it's hard to see the whole person.
Have a few extra copies with you when you go to auditions. You never know who will want them. Keep them in your car, away from the sun; you
never know when you may need them.
Lie about your experience.
Make up special skills or write things down just so you fill in the special skill area.
Have a resume and headshot that is larger that 8 x 10. An oversize headshot won't fit in a standard folder and will probably just get thrown away.
Have a resume that is more than one page. If they want more informatio