DD just filmed her first commercial. How do I list this on her resume?
There were other children in similar roles as background extras, but DD was one of four people to speak in the commercial. No roles were given names, just labels (ie "daughter" "grandfather").
Do I write, "Lead" or something along those lines to distinguish her from those who had the same labels, but did not speak?
I don't think you write that about commercials. Being an extra is different than being in a commercial and just not speaking. I'm sure someone has more info or do a google search on resumes. Sorry I couldn't be more help. I know our manager just writes the name of the commercial and no details at all. If she has a part in a movie or student film they give the name of the part.
We live in the middle of nowhere, so while I really like DD's agent, I feel like the advice on this forum is perhaps more current than what she would tell me. So glad to have the expertise of this board!
Conflicts Upon Request is the standard here in NYC. Congrats and good luck
You would list it as Principal.
I know it's not common practice to list commercials, but a lot of parents do when they don't have theatrical credits to show their children have booked roles.
That's what we did Kabeeca. We had the conflict thing, then we changed it to a few things we did. Now that we have more credits we will go back to CAUR. It's easy to change these days. No parts were ever listed under the commercial category.
Our agent said absolutely no commercials on a resume-- it can kill your chance at another role.
DilliGirl - why can it kill your chances?
I am not DilliGirl but I agree and here is why...if you have, say a Coke commercial on there Pepsi will not want to hire you even if the conflict is not current (McDonalds/Burger King, Toyota/Honda, Walmart/Target, Verizon/AT&T, etc).
I understand that people without any other credits want to include them and many do, but listing commercials is a sure sign of someone new to the biz.
I know of an agency that lists the commercials only by the type, leaving off anything specific. Such as National, Regional.
ok, makes sense, mom2enr
Thanks! Bc we are so isolated, I doubt DD will get much other work. It would be nice to have some more fodder for her resume for when I self submit.
So I would just write, Principal, regional commercial?
Two more sully questions, but as acting terminology has its own nuances... If the commercial will run throughout several states in my area of the country, it's Regional, correct? And does one include dates? It will run for a year.
One other question, DD made it as far as a producer's session for a lead in a major ff. That is not listed anywhere, correct? I assume that comes into play only through agent conversations, not on the resume (for self submits), but just wondering if there is a way to use it.
You can't write "close calls" on a resume. It's for work done only.
I also would not stress about having commercials listed. If you have nothing else then they will know you are new anyway, so I would list any work she has done until she really builds a strong resume. You can always remove things as she gets further along. Plus, being new doesn't necessarily hurt you. I know a lot of kids with ZERO past work and have landed big parts. The little girl in Once on Broadway right now only had her KDG play as "previous" work and look where she is. Don't stress.
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