How to write an Actor's/Singer's CV
This example CV is specifically designed for performers and is very different from a normal CV. Potential actors need a specialist performer's CV for auditions and casting agencies.
- A performer's CV should be only one side of A4
- Have a professional portfolio demonstrating your experience (posters, reviews etc) to take to an interview or to link to from a web site in your CV. If samples are requested do follow the instructions carefully. See our portfolios page for help with producing one.
- Be prepared to audition during an interview. Choose your material (and clothes) carefully!
EXAMPLE ACTORS' CV
You need to include a photograph which is much better than a passport photo! - semi-side on view, careful attention to lighting etc. It's best to have this professionally produced. An 10”x8” black and white photo (head shot) is required for acting or a colour full length photo for presenting jobs.
Include the name and contact details of your agent.
Spotlight www.spotlight.com/artists.html is the photographic directory of all actors in UK and is the first place directors look when casting. You can put your CV there. On your CV put your Spotlight page number and also if you are an Equity member.
Height: 6'1" Build: slim Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Accents: UK South East RP, Geordie, London, Standard American, French,
Role Playing Ages 17- 24
|Your height, colour of hair, eye colour and accents you can speak and sing in are important.|
Full Driving Licence, BADC intermediate certificate in Stage Fighting, Horse Riding, Workshop Leader, Chorus Dancing, Skiing, Tennis, Scuba Diving, Computing
Singers need a brief profile to explain their style of singing: opera, musical theatre, popular, plus voice type: soprano, mezzo, baritone or bass. Specify what you want to do and why. Enthusiasm is very important. You can include a well produced & brief CD of your work or it can be linked from a web site. These should be one or two minute samples of your best work. The first should be the best as this may be the only one listened to.
There is no mention of GCSEs or A Levels as education is largely irrelevant, but you should mention the professional training you have received and include details of useable skills e.g. dancing, horse riding etc.
|List what experience you have: all the productions you have been in, usually divided into film and TV and theatre. Where you have performed: year, type, role, director/conductor and venue.|
- Media CV and covering letter www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/cvexamples.htm however this is not an actors CV
- See also our Media Careers page and Drama Careers page
- Casting People www.castingpeople.com/cvservice.htm
- Example Actors' CV www.actorsone-stopshop.com/CVs/Actor_CV/Actor%20CV.htm
- The Stage www.thestage.co.uk has information on how to write a CV.
- The Actors Centre NE www.actorscentrene.co.uk
- Skillset www.skillset.org/uploads/pdf/asset_7350.pdf?1 set of guidelines for performer CVs.
Singer Profile www.skillset.org/film/jobs/performing/article_4726_1.asp
- UK Singers http://uk.singerspro.com singer CVs online and also lists auditions and jobs.
- Create Your Career www.agcas.org.uk/publications/docs/Create_Your_Own_Career.pdf AGCAS advice on becoming a performer
- Get Into Theatre www.getintotheatre.org
- Actors' Yearbook (ed Simon Dunmore and Andrew Piper - A & C Black) gives information about training, agents & casting directors and theatre, recorded media. Good combination of listings directory and advice and information.
- So you want to tread the boards by Jennifer Reischel J R Books www.jrbooks.com Guide to a career in the performing arts with lots of insider tips including the realities of studying at drama school.