What to put in CVs

  • Nathan Masterson

    Actor

    Hi all

    Ok, another new topic (going to make the most of this facility!)

    Recently went to London to appear in a commercial filmed by Union (Michel Baldwin was the director).

    I thought it was a brilliant day, we were looked after well and it was a great experience.

    The problem is, that it may not be broadcast. It was filmed in October last year, and no news of it being screened has popped up. We were told it may not get shown, and im cool with that, like i said it was a great day and i learned a lot. I've put it on my CV but i'm wondering if i should take it off, as it's not been shown. Does it count as work? I know it's a really pernickity point but i don't want to be someone who puts any old muddles on my CV. Anyone else from the Mail on Sunday commercial got any ideas? And what do folks here use as criteria for adding things to a CV?

    Love and chocolate to all (unless you have an allergy, then have a tasty snack of your choice)

    Aaron

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  • Helen Belbin

    Actor

    I'm no expert but personally I would keep it on. You did the work, whether it went any further is kinda irrelevant from that POV. It's not like you're lying or anything and if asked you can easily say that as far as you know it's not been screened yet.

    Best wishes,

    Hx

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    Totally agree. you did the work so put it on your cv.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Alexander Helm

    Actor

    Ditto. I agree totally. A lot of projects don't come to fruition or take ages to be released. This has only happened to me once when I choreographed movements for an animation several years ago. I put it on my CV because of the individual nature of the work as it showed a diversity of skills and experience.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Keep it on!!!! Nobosy will ever know whether its been aired or not, people only remember the commercials that are very famous i.e gold blend etc, other than that, nobody will remember anyway!.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    On the subject of C.V's im starting to think mine is a load of crap!!!!!

    It's two sides of A4 on lovely glossy paper with my name on the top in bold lettering.

    Then below that it has my vital statistics i.e age,height,weight, hair colour etc and at the bottom of the first page has my education.

    On the second page has my experience, skills, and interests/hobbies.

    Im starting to think that its abit long winded (along with this thread) but i was just wondering how to get the perfect C.V. Has anyone got any suggestions or websites i coulde go on to sort this problem out.

    Kind Regards,

    Kris Scholes

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Helen Belbin

    Actor

    I was told to keep all the info on one side as it will mostly only be looked at v briefly and you wanna make sure your prof experience atleast is instantly seen.

    Have a wee browse on people's profiles here on the CCP site as alot of them have their CVs in downloadable format.

    Hope that helps.

    Hx

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Alexander Helm

    Actor

    Hello Kris

    Best to look at Simon Dunmore's An Actor's Guide To Getting Work it goes in explicit detail about CVs and their contents. This is available in most good bookshops. I recommend just looking at other self-help books like this and work out which information you think applies to you. I mean I just sat in bookshop one evening and had a flick through a few and found out so much useful information.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    nice one everyone. Thanks for your advice

    kris

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Lizzie Kempson

    Actor

    Hello, I did The Mail on Sunday advert as well and i have put it on my CV. I still did the work even if it is not going to be shown and nobody needs to know that, of course if they ask me i will tell them. LizzieX

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Definitely keep it to a single page. Quality not quantity is the key. Oh and never lie - you will get found out...

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Oh, oh, oh. I did the Mail On Sunday ad, not sure if it was the same one but I didn't put it on my cv at all in the first place - should I do that now - oh how exciting a new thing. Shall I, shall I. ??

    H x

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Mark Joseph

    Actor

    One page, absolutely.

    Casting professionals HATE CV's that run more than one page.

    If you can crop it to 10x8, it looks quite nice, stapled to the back of your headshot.

    No colours, tints, funny fonts, stars, anything. This is a work document, not a party invitation. If you want to be taken seriously as a professional, make your tools (headshot/cv/cover letter) professional.

    Mark.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    Ok is it the general concensus that your CV should only be one page?

    Why should you not advertise the amount of work that you have done and the amount of experience you have?

    Should you taylor your CV including credits and talents to each casting?

    The first thing the look at is your photo if you aren't right for the part based on this they usually bin you anyway. Is it really that much trouble for them to flip one page?

    Obviously you don't want to send out a copy of war & peace, but is two pages really too much?

    any casting agents/agents out there who can give us your opinion?

    Ta

    x

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    In an interview with John Hubbard he said that if he can fit his CV onto one page then why can't actors with fewer credits than him? Fair point...

    John Hubbard IMDb profile

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Dunno what happened with the formatting there....Here's the URL without any code :

    www.imdb.com/name/nm0399193/

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    what is that URL for?

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    John Hubbards IMDb CV...only I seem to have broken CCP....oops....

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    ok... yeah it is on one page on the web . I was talking about hard copies...... I am totally out of the loop here?!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Not at all, Rebecca. The point was that John Hubbard was saying that he manages to get his paper CV onto one page even with all his credits so why can't actors with considerably less experience.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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