Actors struggle hard enough when it comes to making it in the world of acting, so the Atlanta Unified Auditions can serve as an ideal opportunity to be seen by multiple professional theatres in a single audition. 

This means it’s imperative that your total “Actor Presentation” is the best that it can be. Remember that Unifieds is more than just your audition. It also includes your monologue selection, headshots and resume formatting.

After studying industry standards and holding a Q&A with local Atlanta casting and theatre professionals, C4 Atlanta has complied a “Best Practices Guide” to help to make sure you nail every aspect of the 2019 Atlanta Unified Auditions. 

Headshot Samples

Your headshot is a key factor in the audition process. You don’t get to go home with the casting directors, but your headshot does. 

Things to remember:

  • It should be a high quality image. This doesn’t mean you have to pay a lot of money for it, but it should have nice lighting and not cause unnecessary shadows on your face. (NO SELFIES!)
  • Avoid busy backgrounds and heavily patterned clothing.
  • MAKE SURE IT LOOKS LIKE YOU!
  • B&W isn’t cool any more. Use color photos.
  • FYI…headshots aren’t glamour shots.
  • Make sure your name is on the image somewhere. This is to assure that you can be identified if you headshot and resume are separated.
  • All headshots should be no larger or smaller than 8×10
actor headshot
Photo: Vii Tanner

Photographer: Michael Eaddy (out of Gainesville, FL.)
Photographer: Michael Eaddy (out of Gainesville, FL.)

Photographer: Jessica Castro
Photographer: Jessica Castro
Resume Samples

The formatting of your resume’ is a key factor in how professional you look. Make sure it speaks to your skills and previous work history in the best way possible.

Resume’ Dos:

  • Do put your audition number and the year in the upper right hand corner (Unified Specific)
  • Do staple or print (preferred) your resume to the back of your headshot
  • This is a theatre audition. Do tailor your resume for the specific job your auditioning for, so put your theatre credits before film and TV.
  • Do ensure all dates link up and there are no suspicious timeline gaps when using chronological formatting.
  • Do always tell the truth. Don’t list items on your special skills which you can’t do on the spot.
  • Do make sure you list if you’re Equity, Non-Equity or AMC.
  • Do make your resume’ inviting and easy to read. No crazy weird, or cursive fonts. Make sure everything is in clear, aligned columns.
  • More is not always better! It’s always more prudent to list less and focus on your most quality work.

Resume Don’ts:

  • Don’t have a resume that is more than 1 page.
  • Don’t staple reviews or clippings to your resume’.
  • Don’t use fonts that are smaller than 10 point. If you have a ton of experience, edit it down to what’s most important.
  • Don’t make up special skills or buffer your resume with incorrect/false information.
  • Don’t list your age on your resume’. You can list your age range.
  • Don’t include any computer proficiency on your theatrical resume.

Typical Resume Format includes:

  • Contact Information – do not list your agent unless they are a theatre agent
  • Professional affiliations – SAG, AFTRA, AMC, Equity, etc.
  • Physical Description & Range – this is optional but range is important for singers
  • Experience – make sure to subdivide and organize your information in columns and categories (Stage, TV/Film, Voiceover, etc) ; stage credits should come before other credits for Atlanta Unified Auditions
  • Training – Where you studied and with whom
  • Special Talents/Skills
  • Theatrical Awards and Honors

DOWNLOAD RESUME TEMPLATES HERE

Resume Sample #2
Resume Sample #2
What local professionals have to say.
2016 Atlanta Unifieds Q&A Panel of casting and theatre professionals
2016 Atlanta Unifieds Q&A Panel of casting and theatre professionals

C4 Atlanta was pleased to host an open Q&A Panel discussion with local actors and casting professionals on February 22, 2016.

This panel was formed to discuss the ins and outs of cattle call auditioning and to highlight best practices associated with Atlanta’s theatre market.

For those of you who missed this wonderful discussion we have a full blog post which recaps the questions and informative answers given by this stellar panel.

READ THE FULL BLOG POST HERE!

Be Confident!

Control the things you can control and don’t fret about the rest. Be on time, be warmed up, be prepared and have fun! Theatre is full of joy and magical moments–that’s why we love it. Every career has moments when we don’t feel our most confident. That’s okay…as long as you keep close to your heart those moments of joy. 

Believe or not, everyone sitting on the other side of that stage wants you to show your best work. They are rooting for you. Auditors show up for these auditions ready to see new talent or to see you show off another side to your range. We provide them several breaks throughout the day so they can stay focused. They are professionals. You are a professional. You’ve got this. From all of us at C4 Atlanta, “break a leg”!


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