RESUME TIPS: How to List Roles
TELEVISION (Network + Premium Cable):
Recurring Guest Star
CABLE TV (Reenactment Shows):
Casting Directors need to immediately differentiate between Network/Premium Cable and Non-Union Cable Reenactment shows.
Please note it is spelled Principal, not Principle.
Web Series Regular
Principal can also be used.
*Please note the SAG-AFTRA term for internet projects is New Media and should be listed separately from TV, with some exceptions.
Conflicts Available Upon Request
Do not list your commercials on your legit resume. Instead, keep a running list to use for commercial agent interviews.
Name of Character
For original works and world premieres, you can add (lead) if you were the lead.
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Casting Directors need to get their job done quickly and effectively. If they bring you in, their hope is that you are the perfect actor for the job! They want you to be awesome, they want you to look like your headshot and they want you to deliver when the heat is on. All of these things will make them look good in front of the decision makers and also help you book the room.
Speed is paramount. With smartphones, everyone is submitting as soon the breakdowns come in, so make sure you’re on top of it. Go to the actual casting sites to submit as often as you can since they are posted before they are released to email.
If casting doesn’t know you and you want to be seen, your job is to reassure the Casting Director that they are making a smart decision by bringing you in. I like to think of it as taking my actor hat off and putting my assistant casting director hat on!
There will always be different opinions on everything related to the biz. My motto is “Take the good and leave the rest!”
This is how I know you. Remind them.
This is who referred me, if you have their permission first.
This is what I have done. This is what I am doing. If it matches the tone and style of the project.
This is my skill. See video clip.
Confirm important details like availability. Do not submit and audition if you are not available.
Make a note if there’s been a change in appearance. Or if you are clean-shaven but willing to grow a mustache, for example.
Confirm any other details they are looking for in the breakdown.
Add a personal touch like if something about the breakdown was exciting! We submit and audition for a million things but this is their baby. Show respect and enthusiasm.
DON’T submit more than once for more than one role for the same project. Write, I’m interested in the role of ABC. I’m also interested in the role of XYZ. NOTE: There are some exceptions. If you’re truly right for more than one role and have a specific headshot to go with each submission, then go for it.
Don’t submit for the same project on multiple platforms. This will also drive them crazy.
DON’T Insult the project ie: give a backhanded compliment. An example: “I don’t normally do PSA’s but this particular one looks like it’s going to be really well done and for a good cause, so I’m submitting for your consideration.” If you feel the project is beneath you, don’t submit.
Don’t submit yourself for something you’re not right for just to get your materials in front of their face.
YET…Don’t reject yourself before they reject you.
Don’t wait by the phone waiting for your agent to call. Self-Submit like a fierce and savage beast: Quickly, Consistently, and Intelligently.