How to Make a Headshot & Resume

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Making a headshot and resume requires a word processing program, a camera and a few other key tools. Make a headshot and resume with help from a business communication coach and trainer in this free video clip.

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I'm Di-Anne Di Re, your public communication coach and trainer. Today, I'm going to teach you how to make a head shot and resume. Number one, create your resume by opening a word processing program and type your name in a 15 or 20 point font. Center your name and apply bold face to it to make it stand out. Number two, list any unions or associations you belong to. Ensure your information is accurate and correct. Number three, provide contact information. Place your agency or manager's contact information to the side, either to the right or the left, of your name and union affiliations. Many agencies will provide you with stickers that you can easily place on your hard copy resumes. Unrepresented talent can simply type a personal phone number and email address instead. Number four, give a short physical description of yourself. List your statistics such as height, weight, hair shade and eye color. If you are a singer, list your singing range, bass, tenor, alto, mezzo or soprano here as well. Number five, list your acting experience. Create subheadings for your acting experience. Create bold face headings for theater, television and film credits in the appropriate order. List each role underneath the appropriate subheading. Type the name of the show, type the role, the network and the director for television roles. List role type for film credits as well as a production company and director. List theater credits by including the name of the play, the character name, place of performance and the director. Create another subheading titled commercials, simply state conflicts available upon request, as it is not necessary to list the work in commercials. Number six, state your acting training, awards and special skills. Under acting training list any place you have received acting lessons or classes and the type of training received. List any awards your acting has garnered under the awards subheading. List any outside life skills you have that may give you an edge in the casting under special skills, such as the ability to perform maybe certain accents, and be specific. The quality to perform specific sports, musical or dancing, know-how or other specialized skills like gymnastics, horseback riding or wood carving. Number seven, set up a professional photography appointment to shoot head shots. Prepare at least two or three separate looks for your wardrobe. Plan your head shot session with the photographer you select. Choose a head shot from the proofs you receive ensuring the head shot resembles you. Number eight, have reproductions made of your resume and head shot. Proofread your resume to ensure it is error-free, and then take your selected photograph to a reproduction agency that specialized in head shots. Make high-quality copies of your acting resume, and use rubber cement to attach your resume to the back of each head shot. Once again, I'm Di-Anne Di Re, your public communication coach and trainer. Thanks for watching.

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