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Starting at Zero: Resumes

Vital Statistics: p.1
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The Truth: p.5
Getting Started: p.6
About Layout: p.7


Your Resume"Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?" So goes Edward Kleban's lyric from "A Chorus Line." Clearly, as performers, and as people, we are not our resumes. Most successful performers have a very clear idea that they are marketing a product; a resume is merely a product description. Understanding and accepting that premise can be valuable when you face the task of creating or fine tuning your performing arts resume.

Along with your headshot, your performing arts resume is your primary sales tool. You want to market yourself in your best light, without overstating your abilities or experience.

In short, your resume is your performing arts history reduced to a single 8" x 10" sheet of paper. It should contain the highlights of your performing experience and should be stapled to the back of your headshot (as opposed to providing to prospective employers separately).

Maybe you're just starting your career and aren't quite sure what the expectations are for your resume. Or maybe you have that sinking feeling that your current resume isn't up to par. We've got some good advice for both new performers and performers with lots of experience.

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