How to present your kid's credits?

The standard format for listing roles

When listing credits for a role, you need to make it in 3 columns: First column: Name of the production; Second column: the role; Third column: The Director’s, producer’s or studio’s name.

You do not have to mention your kid's specific role in the film and TV production - directors may not have any reference for it.

For a Film, state if it’s a lead, supporting or featured role.

For TV series if it's a regular; recurring; guest star; co-star or featured role.

However, for theater roles it's good to mention the specific character. Theater directors are familiar with most classical plays.

The credentials section should look something like this:

FILM

500 days of Summer | Supporting role | Dir Marc Webb

TV

Lizzie McGuire | Featured role | Dir Robert Carradine

Separate Film/TV/Theater/Commercials

You need to separate TV, Film and Commercials credentials and list them according to the role your child is auditioning for. These are different kinds of experiences. If you are auditioning for a Film role, directors will care most about your Film experience, not commercials. If you make it hard for them to find it - your kids resume will end up in the trash bin.

The most relevant or impressive roles go first

You don't have to list your credentials chronologically by date. List the experience that is the most interesting, most impressive or most relevant for the specific audition as first. Then - as follows.

You don't need to include all credits

If your child has a lot of experience, it's not necessary to include all of it. We advise you to put only the most impressive roles on the resume.

Extra's work isn't acting

Working as an extra on set is a great first step in the entertainment industry, especially for a child. That shows that your child is familiar with the filming process. But work experience as a film extra does not count as acting experience. Often it is advised to list your "Extra" work as training instead.

What if my child doesn’t have any experience yet?

Don’t worry if your child doesn’t have any performance experience to list in the credits. Everyone has to start somewhere!

If such is the case but your child does have experience as an extra in a production, you can absolutely list that in the ‘’Training’’ section. You can always mention other training that your child has had either in acting classes, workshops or smaller school productions. It will show they have experience in performing in front of an audience.

Sit down and think about the special skills, characteristics or hobbies your kid has. Write down all of them and think if they could be relevant for performance work. Most likely they are - so go ahead and list them under the ‘’special skills’’ section. One of them might end up being the deciding point for the casting director.