Want to apply for a role, but don't have a CV? Here are a few tips...
If you have a few acting credits to your name, it's not difficult to put a performance CV together.
Your performance CV is a record of your performances, so is separate from any CV you might have for other employment. So if you have another job that's not relevant to your acting work, there's no need to include it on your performance CV.
How long should it be?
As with any job application, you don't want your CV to be too long. It's a snapshot of your work as an actor. Its job is to give the reader some idea of what you're capable of in a short space of time. So, 1-2 pages is good.
At the top of your CV you want your name and contact details clearly written. If you have an agent, you'd include their contact details in place of your own.
You can include your actor's headshot on the top of your CV if you wish, but often you need to provide this separately - either when uploading an application to a website or sending it via email. So it's not 100% necessary. Plus, when you apply for a job, you want to send the headshot that looks similar to the role you're applying for, so if you have a range of photographs, choose carefully. A generic headshot on your CV is simply a way of identifying you.
What should I include in the body of my CV?
Usually you list your most recent performances first, and your older ones last. You can certainly include your drama school performances as part of this, as those roles show what you are able to do, but as you add more items you may wish to drop them off the list. Ultimately, an agent or casting director is ONLY interested in seeing your professional performance credits, not ones you did at high school or when you were little.
You can also list your performances under subheadings, e.g. "Theatre", "Film", "Television", "Webseries", "TV Commercials" etc. Include the role you played, the year you played it, the company it was for, and the director.
What if I don't have many credits yet?
Well, this is a tough one! If you are just starting out, it's ok to have just one or two things. But whenever you do a new job, remember to add it to your CV - then it'll always be up-to-date. (It's easy to forget important details later.)
What else should I include?
Make sure your CV is nicely presented. This means:
Now you're ready to go start applying for acting roles! Writing your CV, preparing your headshots, and auditioning are all covered in more detail in Perform Australia's Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen (course code 10197NAT).
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