Modeling resumes

Posted on January 31, 2013

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One of the necessary evils of modeling is having a resume and book (portfolio). I often see models without a resume, no clue about their measurements, and they don’t even know their dress or shoe sizes. Without a resume, it very difficult for people to work with the model. We don’t know what you have done and what you want to do. We don’t even know if you can do something we may want to try capturing. Even if you are new to modeling, you need a resume. A resume will also separate you from the “wanabe” model who isn’t really committed, and put you in the category of someone who is professional and is a “real” model. Besides, you should be keeping track of everything you do as a model. We won’t discuss a book (portfolio) in this post.

First, use a business font in size 10 or 12 point. Most resumes are in Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Courier. You can also use Garamond, Palatino, Lucidia Bright, Bodoni, Minion, Goudy Old Style, Optima, and Caslon. For captions or titles, Gill Sans, Eurostyle, Frutigar, Furtura, Universe, and Franklin Gothic. Stay away from scripts, handwriting, ornate, or artistic fonts. They are more difficult to read and present you in an unprofessional manner. I also recommend staying away from the 500 or 1000 fonts for $20 as they are usually bad copies of professional fonts that usually not complete. You will want it printing on a good resume paper or in the very least case, white bond paper. Some models put them on the back of their head shots. Try to keep the sheet to one page and only one page. Why? As a photographer, I only want to see one page of information. Putting more than this makes you look silly and like you are a “diva” and you don’t want that. Keep it to only relevant experience to the areas you want to work. If you have more experience, you can include a second line after a specific show to indicate you have worked for that designer on other dates, too. You do not want frilly paper, backgrounds, or ornamental fonts cluttering your resume. Remember, this is a business document and you want it to reflect your business side.

At the very top, you want to list your name; contact information such as address, email, and phone; a physical description including your complexion, hair, and eye color; and your measurements, dress size, and shoe size. Some models include the type of work they are looking to do.

What do you include in your resume as a model? Start by categorizing your work and listing what you have done. For instance, everything that you do for still photographers should be under the “print” designation. You will want to list the photographer, the client (if you know-it could be a brand, store, or maybe even an event), a location where you worked (city/state), and date. For work in fashion shows with designers, you will want to list them under “runway” for the category. For these, you will want the designer(s), the show, the location, and the dates. Other categories include acting, commercials, TV, theater, etc. For these, you will want your role, the production company, place where performed (name of theatre or studio, city, state), and date listed. In general, you will want the most recent work in each category listed at the top and oldest experience listed last. In very rare cases, you may have someone listed at the top without this order being followed because they are notable or impressive experience.

After your work, you will want to list your education and training. This includes any model training, workshops, singing and dancing lessons, acting workshops and the like. If someone notable taught them, be sure to include that in the description.

Finally, you want activities and interests. These are all the things you have fun doing and skills you have. For instance, if you ride a horse and can groom one, it should be listed here. If you are a gymnast, it should also be listed. If you swim, list it here. This section is to round you out as a model and show a little who you are. Remember that all these skills can mean the difference between getting a part, and that part being a “fill in” or having a credited role.

Hopefully, you can see it is fairly easy to create a resume as a model, and you have lots of options. Create one that you can take and present yourself professionally to each and every casting call. You may want to also take them with you to meet and greets, too. Also remember to bring your book with you, too, no matter where you go for meet and greets, casting calls, book evaluations, etc. Now get busy and write your modeling resume!

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