Having a current headshot and resume is a very important tool for any actor. In the three years I worked as an agent, I was shocked a how many actors were not aware of this. It was very common for clients to pass on a very talent actor or actress in favor of someone who submitted a great looking, up to date, professional headshot and resume.
I remember from my days as an actor in the theatre being blissfully unaware of how powerful the tools were. Oh, I had a headshot and resume–but my headshot was a few years old and looked nothing like me, and my resume was formatted as if a first grader was experimenting with a word processor for the first time. I really didn’t understand what the big deal was until I was fortunate enough to get an audition for a world premiere musical directed by Frank Dunlop. When I walked into the auditorium he kindly greeted me and promptly informed me that I looked nothing like the headshot I had submitted. I gave an embarrassed laugh as he looked over my resume. My resume was in such bad shape he actually had trouble understanding what shows I had done. I started rattling off the more recent shows, which included a couple productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Mr. Dunlop sort of chuckled as he informed me that he had directed the first ever production of “Joseph” at the Vic in London, 1972. What a way to start out an audition!
Needless to say, I did not get a role in the show, but Mr. Dunlop had taught me a very valuable lesson about the importance of a headshot and resume.
So as a service to my fellow actors, I would like to offer my advice and experience on this for anyone who wants it. Simply email a copy of your current headshot and/or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you my professional opinion, at no cost. Just give me several days to respond to you and I’ll tell you briefly what I think should be changed, if anything. It is up to you what you do with the information.
I can tell you that the majority of my experience lies in this market (Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia area), and there are some very specific things that can be different from market to market. If you work in NYC, LA, or some other major market, I would always defer to an expert in one of those markets. However, I’m happy to take a look no matter where you work, and I’m confident I can give you some solid advice that will be good no matter what market you work in.
My hope is that by doing this, more actors will arm themselves with the tools they need to get great jobs and raise the level of professionalism for the whole industry.