17717Online Resumes For Onstage Professionals
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Article Title: Online Resumes For Onstage Professionals
Author: Madison Lockwood
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The film and theater business is, has and always will be about
whom you know - but so will the rest of the world. As in any
other business, it pays to advertise for actors and actresses;
and in an industry where appearance is everything there is no
better medium for a professional resume than the Internet.
Established stars with agents, industry connections and scripts
coming their way on a weekly basis are beyond the casting call
stage. For those privileged few, there likely are fan sites to
be found on the web. But for thousands of professionals who
have studied the art, who have worked a little or once or not
at all beyond acting school, an online resume provides an
excellent two-dimensional presentation of the person.
Online resumes in the acting profession will generally include
a brief bio that provides the vital statistics and education.
Beyond that, a well done resume moves to a listing of any work
the actor/actress has done to date. If they are fortunate
enough, the work is broken out by stage, film and television
categories. Information is included on the director and
production house. The nature of the role is usually included
(featured, supporting, guest star, hostess) to provide a sense
Other features in the resume might include "languages" which is
taken to mean accents or dialects: one actress lists Texan,
Spanish and New York. A critical area is also the list of study
credits. This may include voice coaches; acting classes; voice
over training; techniques taught at one acting school or
another; any standup comedy or monologue training, and so
forth. The teachers and coaches are also listed, as many who
teach the craft have widespread reputations of their own.
Finally there is the photo gallery and any stills from
productions that the actor/actress has appeared in. The best of
these include both studio and informal photos as well. Some are
include downloadable video clips. Contact information is on the
site, of course, including an email address and phone number for
the agent representing the individual.
The multimedia aspect of an online resume is especially
valuable for an actor or actress. It is available on demand and
it saves a lot of phone and paper contact in soliciting work,
just as it saves casting personnel screening time. If they like
the professional history and pictures, they can schedule an
Submit Your Resume Web Site
Another interesting feature that has grown up around acting
resumes are the sites that have proliferated as indexes of
acting resumes. Utilizing online collections of this type, an
actor, actress or agent can spread the resume around much like
commercial websites work to develop multiple links and
Yahoo has a directory of site listings for actors and actresses
that runs into the hundreds. They are simply listed
alphabetically with a single descriptive sentence: "Official
site of the Scottish actor, musician and composer..." It may
well be worthwhile to pay for listings in established acting
indexes, just as it used to be a reasonable investment to buy
an ad in the Hollywood Reporter. The Internet can be a
proactive outreach tool for actors and actresses; at least,
they can position themselves so that they can't be overlooked.
About The Author: Madison Lockwood is a customer relations
associate for http://www.apollohosting.com She helps clients
understand how a website may benefit them both personally and
professionally. Apollo Hosting provides website hosting,
ecommerce hosting, & VPS hosting to a wide range of customers.
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