CV's The Future

  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    I wondered what is the protocol with putting things on your CV that you haven't done yet?

    I've noticed a few people with things dated for the following year, now I wait until I've finished something or at least do a respectable bit of it before I put it on my CV and I don't think I'll change that policy because I think it might scare people off from offering me work if they think I can't do it because I won't be available.

    What is the CCP consensus on premature adulation? Snigger...(only a play on words no offence meant)

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  • Peter Halpin

    Actor

    Personally I don't and think it's a bit odd to do it because what if it doesn't happen? A CV is for what you've done, not what you're going to do. If someone contacted your most recent employer (not noting the date is in the future) and asked about you, only for them to say, 'we've not worked with them yet', I think this would not bode well.

    My two penneth....

    • 8th Aug 2010
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    I only add things when I've finished the job, as you say things can get cancelled. Not sure you can really count the experience unless you've HAD the experience! xx

    • 8th Aug 2010
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    I think it's good on a web page, even on spotlight as a header or seperate entry. Good agents do it with their clients:

    eg: "Joe Bloggs will be taking the role of "Harry" in blah blah etc etc

    If you mean add it to the CV as a credit...so it looks though you have actually done the rolem, when you have not done the role....then NO!

    • 8th Aug 2010
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    That's a good point that Mark makes - on your Spotlight page for example there's a specific space where you can put a future credit or "now appearing in" type credit. I have used it in the past to highlight current filming that's not yet finished, so I can show that I'm working. But as Mark says don't use future credits on your actual CV until done and dusted! x

    • 8th Aug 2010
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    Hi!

    I sometimes list on my CV the date the film will be released if I know it; not necessarily the date it was shot; so you'll probably see stuff with a 2011 date soon.

    It had happened to me to also list stuff once contract is signed and PR campaign started even if it hasn't been shot yet. I don't see why this is wrong if they are using my name to promote the project.

    I guess it is a grey area...

    Maybe I shouldn't do that.

    • 8th Aug 2010
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  • Nigel Peever

    Actor

    I think if you've filmed somethng the date is when you filmed it Claire and not the release date of the film surely?

    • 9th Aug 2010
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  • Peter Halpin

    Actor

    Absolutely Mark - put 'appearing in ... soon' or whatever on Spotlight to attract CDs, etc to come and see it and that you're being cast. And I also totally agree that if you put dates on CVs, it's the date(s) you did the work, not the dates the editor finishes his/her work!!

    I think it's pretty straightforward as I see it - you do a job, it goes on the CV. If I put all jobs I got booked for on my CV, there'd be half a dozen 'credits' for things I never did! Which would be quite embarrassing having to delete what were potential credits off the CV!

    "What happened to that lead film credit?"

    "I deleted it."

    "Why?"

    "I never did it."

    • 9th Aug 2010
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    I understand what you are saying, but when you shoot a film in 2006, it appears on Imdb with a 2010 date, then gets released in 2011; there's a buzz around the film and it's buried at the bottom on your CV when in fact the film is very much current.

    On my hard copy CV there are no dates, it's just easier.

    • 9th Aug 2010
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  • Kirk Moore

    Actor

    Well, you can change the date of the credits if needs must!

    I'd list the credit first when you'd shot it, and then, if the film doesn't get released in cinemas or on dvd/blu-ray for a couple of years, change the release date when it finally comes out...

    IMDB has the the facility to note if a film / tv programme is in pre or post production prior to release, so maybe you could note that on the CCP credit...

    Obviously, as Blake says, you shouldn't put credits for things you haven't actually worked on yet...

    I was cast in the 'House of Wax' horror film in Australia, but then, at the last minute, the producers decided they wanted someone asian(?!)...

    • 9th Aug 2010
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    Yes that was me.......JOKING!!

    • 9th Aug 2010
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    And I enjoy browsing people's profiles too. Partly cos you get ideas and partly cos it's nosy, like looking into peoples houses - although as a professional the latter dosn't apply to me. So watch out folks, Aunty Fuzz is watching YOU......Eeek, Eeeek, Eeek, Eeek.

    • 9th Aug 2010
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    eeeek :O)

    • 9th Aug 2010
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    NATHEN HEAD.....YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED HA HA HA HA ....

    • 9th Aug 2010
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    (making cross eyed monster faces) !

    • 9th Aug 2010
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    I agree with Claire: if you work on a film it's OK to put the release date -- if you look at imdb you see lots of future dates. Personally, the first date I put is the year I do the work and, if the work is repeated or when the film is released, I change the date to the later one. As for live performance such as theatre, I put the credit on my CV as soon as I start working on it. Why wait until it's over?

    • 10th Aug 2010
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  • Leila Reid

    Actor

    I only put credits on my CV once they have been completed in case they don't go ahead for some reason as I have been cast in productions and then for some reason they have been cancelled.

    I have some friends that put work on as soon as they have been cast as it shows that they are working and castable.

    • 10th Aug 2010
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  • Mary Tynan

    Actor

    I put upcoming roles in the "Currently Appearing" section on Spotlight, but I don't put something as a credit until after opening night, or after I've finished filming.

    • 10th Aug 2010
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  • Andrew Lawden

    Actor

    Another example of c.v . Padding which is never good as sooner or later you get found out . If you didn't do the job or work on something don't put it . !

    • 10th Aug 2010
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    I tend to add things that I've been cast in or am still working on, but make it clear by add (filming) or (pre-production). I wouldn't do it immediately after being cast, but certainly once filming or, as in the case of one current item on my CV, it has been workshopped, rehearsed and the publicity shoot is done, when it looks pretty confidently unchangeable!

    • 10th Aug 2010
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