Overwhelmed on how to start creating your child’s resume? It’s really not that scary. First rule of thumb: Don’t clog it up with too many words. Unlike other types of resumes, full sentences are not necessary for an acting resume. Put the pertinent information in columns and use 10-or 12-point type in a simple font. At the top center, list your child’s name (in big, bold letters), contact information and union status. For safety reasons, we don’t recommend including home numbers or addresses. A cell phone number or manager/agent contact will suffice. Below that, usually on the left-hand side, list hair color, eye color, and height. Make sure you update your child’s height as he or she grows.
Next, include show credits from the time the child started acting. Don’t worry if there aren’t a lot. If your child is only 7, she or he has not had time to gather many credits, but the ones they have are important. Be honest. Casting directors and agents have a way of knowing what is accurate and what is false. Credits should be listed by category as follows: THEATER, FILM, TELEVISION, TRAINING, SPECIAL SKILLS, and COMMERCIALS. Under COMMERCIALS, simply put “Conflicts available upon request.” Don’t list individual commercials unless the actor has no other credits. If your child doesn’t have credits in a certain category, such as film, simply skip it. Also, you may put film or television higher than theater if those are the stronger credits. Theater credits usually go first in New York, whereas film and television credits are first in Los Angeles.
Credits are listed in three columns below each category. The first column is the project name, the second is the role or type of role, and the third is the production company or theatre. You can include the director’s name if they are noteworthy. Here’s an example:
The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Roosevelt Elementary School
Training and special skills are valuable additions to your child’s resume. For instance, if he is a good skateboarder, make sure to put that on the list. Maybe she can juggle or play the piano: sometimes these special skills are key to booking a role.
Attach the resume to the back of your child’s picture. Use four staples, one neatly placed in each corner. You may also use a glue stick but sometimes glue dries out over time. It is best to have the actor’s name on the front of the headshot in the bottom corner.
If not using a snapshot, trim the resumé to fit the 8×10 headshot. The most important thing is that the resume and headshot look professional so when the child actor walks in the door, the agent or casting director knows he is prepared and ready to book the job!