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How to Write a Resume for the Performing Arts

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Since your resume is your first introduction to a potential employer, it is important you make a good first impression. Writing a resume for a job in the performing arts, however, is much different than writing a resume for most other professions. While it is inappropriate to include information like your physical characteristics on a traditional resume, including this type of information is essential for a performing arts resume.

Write your current contact information on the top of the page including your full name, address, telephone number (home and cell), and your email address. Include both your legal name and stage name, if you use one.

Add your details like gender, date of birth, height, weight, hair color and eye color. List any unions you belong to.

List your performance experience next. Put the most recent first and then work your way backwards chronologically. Include the name of the piece, your part, the theater and city where you performed and if it was part of a company.

Add any formal education or training you have received, starting with most recent experiences and then working backwards. Include the program name, where the class or training took place and when. Add any seminars, workshops or camps you attended.

List your specific skills such as singing range or type of dancing you have done. Include skills such as instruments you can play or any foreign languages you can speak.

Add any awards you've won or any recognition you've received. Include quotes from any reviews you have in this section as well.

Tip

Most performers include a headshot photo with their resumes.

About the Author

David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

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