There are a number of things that a person must know when approaching a job application that requires a professional headshot-such as in the case of an actor. Though you may think that all you need is a great headshot of yourself to sell yourself for a position; you also need a professional resume, and you need to be able to attach it properly. Below, we tell you what you need to know about attaching your resume to a headshot.
1.Header Make sure when creating a resume for a headshot application, that you create a header that includes your full name, address, and contact information. Your full name should stand out at the top of the document. You can make sure this happens in a professional manner with bolding and/or a slightly larger font.
2.Contact Information Though it is vital that you include your contact information in the beginning header information; it is just as vital as a performer or person in media, to also include your agency or manager’s full name and contact information as well-as they will likely contact them, prior to contacting you.
3.Include Associations Make sure in drafting your professional resume to be included along with your headshot that you include associations that you belong to or professional unions-as these are of interest to a hiring party. You may, for example, be a part of the Screen Actors’ Guild or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Include this in a section entitled “Associations”.
4.Offer Physical Description Though you may think that a potential employer can tell all they need to know from your professional headshot, you are wrong. Consider aspects of your appearance such as weight and height, as well as photos that do not accurately present how you really look. This is why you need to include details of your physical appearance in word form as well. You should include the following information at the very least in your resume: eye color, hair color, weight, height, age, etc.
5.Include Acting Experience The best way to go about presenting acting experience is by creating sections for each type of acting experience you may have-instead of the basic chronological format that many other industries use.
6.Include Training, Skills, and Achievements Also include what you have special skills in, what you have been trained in as regards performing arts, and any achievements that might lend itself to your professional qualifications.
7.Get a Good Photo Remember, that in performance arts, the most important factor in an employer considering you for an audition can be your photo. So, this is why it is necessary to ensure that you get a good photo for your resume-done by a professional.
8.Attach Your Resume Lastly, get your photo either professionally attached to your resume by an agency that specializes in this process; or, use rubber cement to attach your resume to the back side of your resume.