Actor’s Question Answered || Nyc Casting Director
I wanted to share a question from an actor and my response…
QUESTION: When I lived in secondary markets like Philadelphia, the generally accepted resume format included commercials, industrials, and other categories besides film/tv/theater. However, once I hit New York, it was emphatically stated by various sources that the resume needs to be in a very particular format. That one doesn’t list commercials or industrials. It makes sense for legit, but how does this help when submitting to a commercial casting director like yourself (such as posting my resume in your website database)? Is there some alternate form of resume or a list of commercials that one should submit?
ANSWER: It’s true. Here’s the reason:
If you shot a McDonalds commercial and that’s on ur resume and a Burger King commercial audition comes up, you most likely wouldn’t be able to audition. Conflict with McDonald’s.
However, it’s important to have a video reel. And it would be best if you had that Mcdonald’s commercial on it.
For resume, put “Conflicts Available Upon Request.”
For the reel, I suggest putting the year the commercial aired. Usually, the protocol is if the spot has not been on the air or in the public eye for at least 2 years, it’s not a conflict anymore.