Does anyone really like Times New Roman font? I know I don't. I understand that it's the most readable of all fonts, but it's not a fun font to look at. This guy below is super boring. We can do better!
When we audition, we get a finite amount of time in the room with the directors who are casting the show. When they look at a performer's resume, they want to get a sense of who you are. A boring resume is just that, boring. For me, I'm definitely going to remember you if your resume is fun and snazzy. Here are some 21st century ideas to incorporate while working on making an eye-catching resume.
Personal branding is so hot right now. The most cutting edge performers have a logo they use on resumes, headshots, websites, social media... you name it. Think of some words that describe you... Girly. Strong. Kind. Youthful. Keep those words in mind and set out to create a logo to use as a header on your resume. Play around with colors, fonts, and watermarks to create personal branding that feels like you. So many websites have free font downloads for personal use or sell fonts for professional use the options are endless. Enlist some trusted friends, family, and professionals to help you look at the options you're creating.
Use your headshot
Ever wonder what happens if your headshot gets detached from your resume? You might get overlooked. By adding your headshot to your resume you guarantee that they will know what you look like and (hopefully) remember your audition.
Keep it up to date
It's important to keep your resume up to date. If you've changed your email address, phone number, or created a website you'll want to make sure your header is accurate. Most of my students are aged 11-18 so I tend to advise my students to take off credits that are more than 5 years old- unless it's a professional performance. If you were Annie with Papermill Playhouse when you were 11, it's probably smart to keep that on there. But if you were second starfish in your middle school production of "Little Mermaid," we can probably take that off eventually. Same thing once you're in college. You can start to take off High School Theater performance credits once you have college credits on your resume.
Height/Weight/Age/Vocal Range You see on a lot of pro resumes a lot of personal info that my young singers don't necessarily need to include. Unless they ask you directly, you don't have to tell your weight. Feel free to take that line off. A dress or pants size is probably more helpful anyway. What's helpful to have on your resume is height, eye color, hair color, and vocal range rather than voice type. C4-C6 (belt to C5) is a more specific way of saying what you're comfortable singing.
Still looking for some help?
We offer resume consultation services which range from creating a new resume from scratch, performers branding, or revamping your existing resume. Reach out to us at HeyThere@grandrapidsvoicecollective.com Let's make a promise to revamp our resumes this year to showcase what makes us awesome. No more generic, ugly resumes! Go forth with confidence and creativity!
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