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The layout of your resume should be standardized and match up with the way others in Hollywood do it (it’s different in other cities).

  • At the top and most prominent will be your name. You representation can also go here, although it sometimes appears at the bottom of the page. It’s up to you. You will also put your height, eye and hair color (we’d avoid weight) at the top.
  • The sections should be in this order:
    • FILM
    • SKILLS

Under film, TV and theater, there will be 3 columns:


Do NOT give a list of commercials. Theatrically, nobody cares and commercially, if they see any specific products listed, they will worry that you might have a “conflict”.
Simply say it this way: COMMERCIALS (conflicts available upon request)

(If you don’t understand “conflicts”, you will. Basically, in the commercial field, you may not appear in commercials for competing products, i.e. a Burger King ad and a McDonald’s ad, or a Coke ad and a 7-Up ad. Those are “conflicts”. They don’t last forever, so don’t panic. Once an ad has been dropped, you’re free to work for the competition.)

Now, when listing the roles under Film and TV, do NOT mention the name of the character. Only list the credit – Supporting, Co-star, Lead, Principal, Guest Star.

Under Theater (or Stage), however, DO list the name of the character.

Training should be pretty obvious: Classes and teachers that pertain to acting, NOT your accounting class!

Skills include anything physical, musical, vocal, languages and dialects, medical, military, etc. Please don’t include things that anybody could fake, such as reading, cooking, good with kids, etc.

Trim your resumes to the same 8X10 format as your headshots and attach them securely to the back of the photos. That means either staples top and bottom, or glue-sticked (glue-stuck?). As long as they’re neat and won’t easily tear off, you’ll be fine. We do not suggest printing your resume directly onto the back of the headshots. If you do that, every time you book a job or change anything else on the resume, the headshot becomes obsolete, whereas you can easily change a stapled-on resume.

Finally, a word of warning: DO NOT LIE. About anything. It may (most likely will) come back to bite you on your cute li’l ol’ derriere someday and that’s an “ouch” you really don’t want to experience.


About Kris Malone

Kris Malone is the nom de plume of a longtime Hollywood talent agent. Kris created this website as a way for actors to improve their chances of making it in Hollywood, not as a way to reach the agency for possible representation. Kris wishes all of you actors out there the best of luck, laced with a big dose of reality and plain old common sense.


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  9. I’ve been taking an acting course that on top of acting also teaches modeling, voice, and dance. Would it be appropriate to include classes that are related to the entertainment industry and could help convince people that I am trained in those areas (if they need a role with such prerequisites) in the training section?

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