Do’s and don’t’s for your resume

Written By Lizzie Maxwell
Your Host Judy Echavez
Published: Friday, August 14th, 2009



Welcome back to “Little Fish in a Big Pond,” by Lizzie Maxwell.
Today’s “Little Fish” article is about our “Resumes”

Lizzie touts herself as somewhat of an expert on resumes as that’s one of the ways she has paid the rent these many years; doing everyone’s resume. There are a few different types of resume styles you can choose for your theatrical resume. Lizzie thinks it’s best to just use the standard three column resume, though she makes exceptions for senior actors and actors with many credits, too numerous to mention.

Does everybody lie on their resume? No, not everybody. Some people don’t have to, and some people don’t want to. Your mission is to get your foot in the door. We’re not saying you should lie on your resume, however, you do want your resume to look like you have some basic foundation of work. Otherwise, you are a target for every predator who is seeking out his next prey. So, don’t lie but DO…have a professional resume made up.

Any professional resume writer should be able to make your resume look full bodied. They can do this by pulling things out of you that you may have forgotten, such as, your high school senior show, the play you did for one day in nowheresville, the special skills you have that make you unique.

If you’re very young, you’re not expected to have a large body of work, so don’t worry too much about it. Young is under 21.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts for your resume.

Don’t put an 8 ½ x 11 size resume on an 8 x 10 photo.
Don’t give anyone a photo without a resume.
Don’t give anyone a photo and resume without your resume stapled in at least two places!
Do try to spend your weekends doing student films and your evenings doing theatre to have some “real” stuff to put on your resume.
Always get the name and correct spelling of the name of the director of whatever project you’re doing.

To find the names of resume writers and just about anything you need, buy or browse through the Working Actor’s Guide at Samuel French and other local bookstores.

Thank you for joining Actors Reporter for this article of Little Fish in a Big Pond by Lizzie Maxwell.
In our next Little Fish pod, Lizzie shares information about our demo reels.
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