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This is a fresh, simple one-page acting CV template, perfect for UK actors and actresses looking to land more auditions. Here’s a full preview of this CV:
- Top tips for your acting CV (The Guardian)
How to write an acting CV
Now that you have an awesome free acting CV template, it’s time to find out how to write it. Creating a CV for an acting part is very different from a standard CV, so read on to find out more.
How long should my acting CV be?
The standard length for a CV is two pages. However, an acting CV should aim to just be one page. Similar to the Résumé format that is commonly used in the United States, your acting CV should keep things brief and to the point.
Include a professional photo
You wouldn’t typically be expected to include a photograph on a standard CV, but for a career in acting this is essential. Your CV must include two attached professional photographs. The first one is a 10” by 8” image of yourself. The second one is a headshot (called a ‘white photo). However, don’t forget that you need to also have an image on your CV as per the above template. This is in case the two attached images get lost. If you’re applying for a presenting job, you also need to include a full length photo.
Publish your acting CV online
You should add your CV to Spotlight.com as this is the first website directors go to when casting for a role. You should also add your Spotlight page number to your CV. You may also like to create a profile on Equity and give these details on your CV.
Personal information is required
Unlike a regular CV, directors expect to see your height, hair colour and eye colour. It’s also helpful to give your role playing ages (based on past work).
Don’t hold back on your talents
You should detail any accents you can speak or sing in. Be specific if relevant – e.g. New York/Brooklyn is not quite the same as Southern American. If you have several, make it clear which is your native accent. You should also state your style of singing e.g. Soprano.Detail any skills that could be an asset to your work. Examples include playing a musical instrument (give grades if you have them), dancing and sports. Be specific – for example, if you can dance, say which styles. Languages can also be an asset – list them, with your fluency.
Create a website portfolio
Giving details of your website is an opportunity to show off far more than what can be included in a one page CV. You can add short clips and show reels, more photos and anything else. Consider what will be clicked on first and ensure this is your best work. Remember, if a director doesn’t like your CV, they won’t bother visiting the site – so make sure it entices them to want to know more. Divide your experience into sections – film, commercials, presenting, voice over, theatre and so on. Finally, don’t forget to include the name and contact details of your agent.