One of the most difficult things about breaking in to the film industry is securing your first job. Being armed with the right information makes all the difference and creating a resume is a good first step. Below you will find some helpful hints and a sample. You will also want to register yourself on our Crew and Resource Database. Please note on the database, you may select up to three categories to be listed under. If a category other than PA is chosen, credits must be listed.
How do I Write a Resume?
As you compose your first resume in the film industry, keep in mind that the people who will be reviewing it are extremely busy. There is no time to read cleverly worded descriptions of your previous job duties and things that are typical of some resumes. Keep it short and sweet and remember that this first resume will be one of many. Creating and updating your resume will be a monthly routine as you move from job to job.
Composing Your Resume:
- Keep it Simple. No fancy colors or intricate patterns. No clown fonts. No plastic covers.
- Your resume should be ONE PAGE ONLY. No cover letter. No letters of recommendation. No extensive list of schools you’ve attended all the way back to elementary school.
- Do NOT include a picture of any kind. You do not want your resume to be mistakenly forwarded to Casting and lost forever! Even if you are pursuing acting as well, it is considered unprofessional to have one resume for both crew and casting calls.
- Don’t Lie. There are many less-than-creditable people in the film industry and working professionals keep working by being able to spot things that are less-than-true. Don’t Lie.
- Including references on your first resume is optional. After you have proven yourself to other professionals in the industry, your references and credits will be a powerful tool. Note: Your former manager at Tom’s Wings and Beer will not be receiving a call.
- If you have no professional experience – It’s OK! No one expects you to yet. If you have NO professional experience, not even as an intern, it’s ok to just list your job at Bennigan’s under the “highlights” section. You should however, seperate your amateur experience from your professional experience.
- You can find a sample resume here: Sample Crew Resume
Emailing Your Resume:
- Be Brief. The person you are emailing is probably overwhelmed with work.
- Be Professional. Compose your email similar to a formal letter. The person you are emailing will see a hundred poorly assembled emails for every one that is professionally formatted.
- Always attach your resume to an email in TWO file formats, such as Microsoft Word (97-2003) and PDF. These are two common formats that both Windows and Mac users should be able to open. If you are using a newer version of MS Word, make sure you are saving your resume as Word 97-2003 file. (.doc). Not everyone will have the newest version of Word. If you do not know how to make a PDF file, download a program called “Primo PDF”. It’s free.
- Before you attach your resume, name the file something easily recognizable. Most people will download your resume to their desktop before opening it and you want to make it as easy to find as possible. Your name:first and last, current month and year is an easy and simple option. (JohnSmith_February.2012)
- Include your phone number in the email. Do not make someone have to open your resume to find your phone number.
- Make sure to include your name, both in the email and your resume.
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Faxing Your Resume:
- A cover letter is unnecessary. A resume via fax will be recognized for what it is.
- If the production provides a phone number, follow up. Call and confirm that your resume was received.