Brush up that acting resume

Are you interested in joining the fun and landing a part in a local film or television production?

Local actors say that in addition to putting together headshots, a resume and a reel showing samples of your work, there’s great value getting work in non-paid films and videos produced by college students and amateurs. The results of which can wind up at a visibility-boosting film festival and perhaps (fingers crossed) catching the eye of an agent.

Atlanta-based actor Jill Jane Clements said getting involved in local community theater also can lay solid groundwork toward a career. “If you get the itch, take a film or acting class,” she said. “See if it calls to you. You might find you have a knack for it, and that will lead you to the next step and the next step.”

Alpharetta actor Roy Roberts has tried on many roles to hone his acting chops. He’s played everything from a “comedic serial killer” to a father grieving a daughter who died in childbirth. e wryly says he’ He jokes he’s been “paid” in Cheetos, bottled water and pizza for the work.

And Atlanta Leon Lamar points out another way to tone up those acting legs. During his three or four years as a bottom-rung extra and then a stand-in, “I was always in the way,” paying close attention to everything on a film or TV set, the actors, how directors handled the cast, camera positioning, the various support crew roles.

Finally, get used to auditioning. And enjoy it. “When I get an audition it’s like, ‘Goody, I get to play somebody else,’ Clements said. “f you treat auditions like a mini-play, then you can have a lot more fun with it.”

Mark Woolsey

Mark Woolsey is a freelance writer based in Atlanta.