Resume Building

Starting out as an actor is hard. People tend to hire actors with “credits”, so how do you get your first ones?

The first thing you should do is start studying somewhere and finding local showcases. You can put those on your resume when you have no formal roles yet and it will begin your acting career. You will learn the basics of acting and find your strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to go into auditions as a polished actor, not just a talented one. From there, local theater usually doesn’t require big credits for great roles and it gives you not only a line on your resume, which at this stage is important, but it gives great experience auditioning, rehearsing, and performing. Student films usually offer the same advantages with film experience. Some good local theater credits or student film credits can get you in the door for commercial auditions and independent films and things can start to snowball from there.

The goal is to always be moving and always be studying. When you’re starting out, every audition provides something and every role can add to your resume. Like any career, an acting career takes time to build. It takes a while to get to the top, but don’t get intimidated by the road ahead. Just start.

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