What is a Resume?
Your child may be just starting out or maybe they already have plenty of experience. A good resume is always going to be an important part of booking your next audition and landing that role. When applying for an audition, you are expected to send in your resume and your headshot. So let’s look at how resumes are made in the entertainment industry and what are the professional standards you are advised to follow.
One of the many benefits of being a KidsCasting member is that you can create a professional resume right on our website using a template similar to industry-standard Comp Card - essential marketing tool for actors and models. You can then Save, Share & Print said resume, which is extremely handy when going to auditions.
What to include in a Resume
A resumes has a standard format. It includes information that is necessary for the casting crew to know when considering your child for a role. Here's a list of information you need to include on your kid's resume:
1. Name/Union/Contact Info
State your child's name or stage name at the top center of the resume in clear, large, bold letters. If your kid is part of an actors union, state that under their name in visible letters. In a line under your name or union, put down your main contact information. That would be your primary mobile number and email address. Most casting directors prefer communicating through e-mail. If you are represented by an agent or agency, state their contacts too. But make it clear which are yours and which your representatives. Casting directors may want to contact either one of you.
2. Physical characteristics
After your contact info you will want to describe your child's physical characteristics such as: race, height, weight, hair color, eye color, clothing size. Here you need to also mention your child's age.
Next, you can list your child's credentials. There are specific industry standards on how to state your experience.
If your child attended drama school, acting or modeling workshops and classes, the Training Secton is where you can list those achievements. You may also want to list contact information for said schools/training, so that if needed, the casting director can reference the information. Remember to list relevant and relatively new experiences only!
5. Special skills
Any interests your child has outside acting and modeling can be listed here. If your child is into horseback riding or, let's say, synchronized swimming, great! That information can show that your child is a well-rounded individual. And who knows, maybe those special skills will be relevant for the project your child is auditioning for!