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Quote mmmducky Replybullet Topic: How to write a resume with no experience?
    Posted: 11/28/13 at 2:00pm

I'd like to dive into community theater. The teacher from an acting workshop I recently attended encouraged me to start going to professional auditions. But, I'd like to amass some experience first and get acquainted with the audition process in a less intimidating scene. I'm in Seattle and, the thing is, even the small community theaters want a headshot and resume submitted with your request to audition.

How do I fill up a resume when I have no real stage experience?

I landed leads in highschool and had some dinner theater and murder mystery gigs right out of school but was too scared to pursue anything more serious. I'm 34 now and after spending the last many years regretting my decision to leave the theater behind, I'm conquering my fears and going all in.

But I'm a little stuck on this resume issue. Would it be appropiate to list classes and workshops I've taken in the last few years in lieu of stage experience?

Thanks so much for your help! Any suggestions or tips will be greatly appreciated!

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Quote jayzehr Replybullet Posted: 11/28/13 at 11:35pm
I'd say get a good headshot and write a resume with everything: high school, dinner theater and murder mystery roles as well as your classes and workshops.  What the heck.  It costs ten cents a page to change your resume if you need to.  Plus, you can volunteer for a community theater and put that on your resume, too.  I doubt you need to submit a request to help paint or strike, even in Seattle.  If you need to narrow it down focus on auditioning for shows with big casts.

Speaking just for myself as a  community theater director I can figure out what you look like and what you can do from an audition.  I'm only interested in past work to know that you have successfully completed a show or shows with all the unique challenges that involves.

Of course, I don't have the luxury of being somewhere where you can demand a headshot and resume and an official "request to audition."  We're frequently beating the bushes for men (for example) and I know other theaters in the area have the same dilemma.

Good luck. Let us know how you make out!

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Quote edh915 Replybullet Posted: 12/02/13 at 1:05pm
Jayzehr is right.

And where do you come off saying you have no "real" stage experience?

You may not have "professional" experience, but every time you step on stage in front of an audience, it counts as "experience."

Follow your dream.

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Quote Majicwrench Replybullet Posted: 12/02/13 at 2:51pm
 If you had that kind of experience and showed me something, I would cast you!!  Like most groups, am always looking for new people, men a plus, attitude a huge plus. Go for it.
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