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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tools of the Trade: Resume

I have four different resumes right now: stage actor, on-camera actor, theater educator, and a 'general' resume for when I apply for day jobs that want a resume.

Stage actor and on-camera actor are basically the same resume, just with information in a different order (stage starts w/stage credits and has a truncated on-camera section, and vice versa for the on-camera one). Both are one page, and saved in two formats - one w/normal margins for when I send it via email, and one w/skewed margins so I can fit it on the back of an 8"x10" and only have to cut it on two sides.

My acting resumes mention that I'm a theater educator/teaching artist, and my theater educator resume mentions that I have acting experience. 

My theater educator resume is about two pages in length, lists everywhere I've taught, broken down by age group, as well as descriptions of some of the classes/topics I teach.

My general resume changes every time I use it (which is really only 2-3 times per year).  Depending on what I'm applying for, it may mention some of my teaching work (because I have supervised others, planned events, and managed group communications as part of that work), but it has never mentioned my acting work. It's usually about two pages long too.

The additional document which I consider crucial is my master gigs list.  Organized by year, it's a list of every acting and teaching job I do, every class I take, and anything else that I might want to include on a resume at some point.  It's not all on my resume, but I have it all in case I need it or want it.

How do you do things?


  1. Do you know who sells 8x10 resume paper in the Bay Area? I live in Sunset and haven't had much luck finding it.

  2. wow! No clue. I didn't know that existed. I used to be able to just run my photos through the printer and print on them, but a few years ago I got a new printer that won't do that, so I'm stapling and trimming the 8.5 x 11... Let me know if you find a good 8x10 paper source - I'd like to check it out.

  3. Pre-cut 8x10 resume paper can be had from The Actor's Photo Lab in Studio City.

    However, I found a cheaper alternative. Staples charges $2/cut. It takes 2 cuts to make an 8x10. And it takes 2 batches to cut an entire ream of 500 sheets. So for $8 + cost of paper, you can get 500 sheets of 8x10 paper.

    I think that's what I'm going to do :)

  4. thanks for the tip - $8 instead of hand trimming sounds like it might be the way to go!

  5. I found an even better deal!
    Office Depot charges $1.50/cut. Takes 4 cuts for a 500-page ream so $6 total :)

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