Blactress in the City: Getting Your Ducks In Line Part II

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In my last post I discussed the importance of professional looking head shots. I want to go into detail about something with equal importance that goes directly on the back of it. A properly formatted resume.  Your headshot and resume should always be presented as one complete package-you can’t have one without the other. It should include: your first and last name at the top in big letters followed by your height, weight, eye color, hair color, phone number, email, training, special skills, and your credits. Credits should always be categorized separately: Film, TV, Commercials, Theater, etc.
Your special skills should always be specific: certified scuba diver, horseback riding, fluent Spanish speaker, can tie a cherry stem into a knot in my mouth. You get the point. A skill set can easily get you in the auditioning room or even more camera time.

Credits scare people because what if you don’t have any?  Whether it was a college play, a student film or even a scene you did in class those are all useable. If you have absolutely no credits keep it simple with your training and special skills.  I used to be embarrassed because I had nothing on my resume, please do not let shame of inexperience make you feel hesitant to go on auditions. Remember that everyone had to start somewhere.

What isn’t a proper credit? High school plays, background work, and anything that is not the truth. I cannot stress this enough, PLEASE DO NOT LIE ON YOUR RESUME. There are so many ways to uncover a false story and if you think Casting Directors don’t research your projects, think again.  You have a reputation to think about, don’t let it be one of a liar.

It took me a few years to get some credits on my resume.  Don’t let the lack of experience dent your spirit or your drive. Just know with time things will organically happen the way they are supposed to.




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