Sunday, October 9, 2011
Getting Jobs in Entertainment question 952: What if I don't have a lot of credits for a resume, is it better not to have one?
If you have at least two, put together a resume because it's the professional thing to do. It would look a little something like this (the formatting of this blog will move everything to the left, but imagine neat columns)
SHOWS PRODUCTION CO DoP
Chuck (D camera) Warner Bros. Television Buzz Feitshans IV
SAW VI (C camera) Twisted Pictures David A Armstrong
Stunts; skiing, horseback riding, extreme sports, own an AG-3DA1 and a Canon 7D
USC Film School
[Then to fill up space, get some testimonials from people you've worked with; DPs, OPs, 1st ACs, producers, directors, name actors]
Again, your resume doesn't get you the job, it gives you the credibility to be considered for the job. So, to cold-submit this resume may not be very effective. However, if you're taking meetings and are asked for a resume, you're handing them something that is professional, they're already getting to know you, and perhaps they'll comment on some of the testimonials and that will deepen the conversation.
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