5 High risk tips to help your CV shine
1. Create a banner/tableau of more than one (ideally 5) images of you in action across the top of your CV or down the side – two head shots and three action shots
2. Have a short section of 5 key words called “Five words that capture who I am” E.g. “Physical, flexible, French-speaking, acrobatic, intuitive”
3. Only show your last three shows – be proud of what you are doing now – not a parade of your ancient history
4. Under each show you have been involved in, write a short answer to the following question: From this production I….(then write new skills, ideas, abilities you developed)
e.g. From this production I learned aerial theatre skills
5. Under Interests, include: “Plays I am currently reading”.
Other quirky headings include:
Who I’d most like to work/train with
Why high risk? because you are daring to be different in a samey world.
5 Low risk tips for a stand-out Actors’ CV.
THE MAIN TIP – One CV will never fit all
1. Have a flexible CV, not just one – see each new casting opportunity as a chance to think through how you really want to present yourself. PLay around with the order of sections, image and wording.
2. Clean out the am-dram listings; research who you are writing to and highlight and feature the most relevant shows you have done; remember, your CV will be skim read
3. Do not pick the “hungry for acting”- looking photo; choose one that suggests adaptability and confidence, but not arrogance
4. Get two first-class references who you know will take proper time and effort to provide a detailed reference for you, if requested. Prune half-hearted referees.
5. Where possible, show you have recently worked in a Fringe Festival – casting agents and emlployers like the sense of “recent work” that goes with premieres and new work.