PERFORMING ARTS RESUME
A performer’s resume details your experience in a performing arts discipline, your abilities
as a performer, and your physical characteristics. In a professional resume, it is considered
inappropriate to include personal informa tion, but in your performer’s resume, you will
have to include personal information. Often, em ployers will want t know your height,
weight, hair color and build. Sometimes, they’ll even want your measurements, for costume
Unlike professional resumes, perform er’s resumes are often broken into columns and kept
to a page a length. Traditionally, performers’ resumes can include sections on
education/training, union membership, performing experience, related work experience,
awards/distinctions, and special skills. Professional resumes tend to have short paragraph
sections. Performer’s resumes are usually divided into concise list form.
Resume Guidelines for Multitalented People
If you have focused on more than one discipline, get specific! Don’t try to cram all of your
theater, dance, and singing experience into the same document. You will not be able to do
justice to your experience or your resume. If you have enough experience in more than one
discipline to warrant more than one resume, then write more than one resume, and only
submit the resume pertinent to the job title.
If you are an actor and a singer, a choreographer and a dancer, a composer and a director,
have a separate resume for each title. Keep each one very focused. If you decide to include
a section like Other or Special Skills, you can mention your other talent in a single phrase;
for example, Extensive theater background or Proficient in Alexander Technique. It may
feel as though you are minimizing your other areas of expertise, but what you’re really
doing is focusing. Do not underestimate your special skills when submitting a resume. A
director or organization may be looking for something rare and atypical during an audition
scenario, and those special skills may give you an edge.
Your resume is suppose to convince an employer that they want to hire you, and that you
are perfect for the job they’re offering. That means you have to keep everything in the
document relevant. If you’re auditioning for a musical, you’ll need to highlight a variety of
abilities; if you’re auditioning for a Hollywood comedy, it might be unwise to highlight
your career in modern dance.
If you have developed a unique performers art genre that incorporates aspects of more than
one discipline, and the job you are seeking requires this ability, then you should develop
your resume accordingly. You should still keep it to one page. Remember, choose
representative highlights of your training and experience. You don’t need to include
everything. Be discerning. Choose your most impressive accomplishments, and in this case,
choose a sample representative of your range.