Performing Arts Resume

Performer’s Resume Options
Effective and Appropriate Photo Options From Headshots to Galleries
In addition to providing your stats and measurements within your resume, you’ll probably
want to include a photograph. Accompanying your resume, a good photograph can help
convey the intangible qualities about you that make you a good performer. During a large
audition, putting a name to a face is important, and not including a photograph could lessen
the chances of getting the part. Performers of all disciplines can use a single headshot, but
sometimes more is appropriate. For instance, a dancer may want to include a full body
action shot to highlight a particular strength (for instance, jumps or turns). An actor may
include a photo featuring him/herself in costume in a particular role. This approach can
highlight a physical and technical versatility. Whatever you choose, be sure your face is
clearly defined, and easy to recognize. Be careful your visuals to not detract from your
resume, including a single headshot on the same page as your text is appropriate. Anything
else should be kept separate. These separate documents are your gallery. You may not want
to include your gallery with every copy of your resume that you send out. It is more
appropriate to offer a gallery to an employer who has expressed interest in you, or who has
specifically requested it.
You may be thinking, “That’s all very well and good, but how am I going to afford this
gallery when I can’t even afford head shots?” One option is to work with a photography
student. This arrangement can be a good, even trade. The photographer gains experience
and additions to her portfolio; you gain a valuable service for a nominal fee instead of
astronomical professional costs.
Scannable Resumes
Your chances of being discovered improve greatly when your resume is available online.
Once your resume is scanned, you can upload it into searchable databases. In this situation,
employers may call you if they are interested, which tips the interviewing/auditioning
power-balance in your favor.
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