Acting Advice

Ask Me! – Only a few student films credits a light resume?

Anonymous asked
Say someone has a few student films on their resume, can they go out looking for paid work and having the chance of getting Taft Hartley or would it be looked at as a light resume.

Hey there,

I would agree that only having a few student film credits on your resume is indeed light on the experience front. However, anyone can go out and start looking for paid work at any point. You don’t need to have a full resume at all. Of course it helps to have experience and it makes it easier for casting directors to trust that you’ll be able to do the job they want you to do, but one should never allow a light resume to stop them from submitting for work.

As for getting a Taft Hartley/Sag-card, I would encourage you to build up your resume as much as possible before you get it. There are so many opportunities right now to work in the non-union field – and get paid doing it – that should be taken advantage of by non-union actors as much as possible. Also, if you don’t have an agent/manager submitting you for union work and you have your SAG card too early you may find yourself in a little bit of a black-hole work-wise as it can be hard to submit yourself independently for those union roles.

Thanks for asking!

via The NYC Actor – Say someone has a few student films on their resume, can they go out looking for paid work and having the chance of getting Taft Hartley or would it be looked at as a light resume..

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Angela Dee is a professional actress working in Film, Theatre, TV, Commercials and Voiceovers. She currently lives in New York. www.angeladee.com

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