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Stand-In Résumés

Have you ever been asked to list your experience when submitting for a stand-in job? Have you also worked as a photo-double and would like to note that as part of the experience you’ve gained on set? Have you stood in on so many projects that you can’t remember them all? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a stand-in résumé is for you!

Whether or not it’s requested by a casting director, a stand-in résumé is a great tool to use to list your stand-in experience for your own reference. There is no one way to format it, so I’ve included suggestions of what information is helpful to add to a stand-in résumé.

Actors and Projects

The most important information on your stand-in résumé is going to be a list of the names of the actors for whom you have stood in. If you prefer, you could also list the names of the characters that the actors played.

It is equally important to list on which project(s) you stood in for that actor. Some actors sport varying looks in their different projects (different hair colors, hairstyles, facial hair, weights, etc.), and casting may want to know what look you matched.

If you were used regularly to stand in for multiple actors on a project, you could list these actors’ names on separate lines with the project name next to each name. You could also group the actors’ names together and list the project name only once.

Utility Stand-In Work

You may have been used to stand in for multiple actors for whom you were not physically a great match, or you may have been used often to stand in for dayplayers on a project you regularly worked on.

In these cases, you should use the term “Utility” in place of the actors’ names. This will help to avoid confusion that may arise if you list actors you have stood in for whom you don’t really resemble.

Photo-Doubling

There are some projects for which casting is directed to find a stand-in who could also work as a photo-double for the actor if needed. In these cases, casting would want information about your measurements and your photo-doubling experience.

Just as with stand-in work, for photo-doubling work you should include the actor you photo-doubled for and the project name. You could also mention the body parts for which you have photo-doubled (hands, legs, back, etc.).

For photo-doubling work, it’s helpful to include somewhere on your résumé your basic measurements (height, weight, bust/hips/waist, etc.) and general clothing sizes (dress or shirt, jacket, pants, shoes, etc.).

Formatting Your Résumé

Your stand-in résumé will more resemble an actor’s résumé than a business résumé.  Your stand-in résumé will feature a large heading showing your professional name.  Just below your name will be your contact information and union affiliations, along with your measurements and clothing sizes.  Below this section will be columns displaying your work experience.  Any supplemental work experience (special abilities, talents, training, etc.) rounds out your stand-in résumé.

Listing Your Work Experience

A straightforward way to list work experience on your stand-in résumé is by creating two columns. In the first column, list the names of the actors for whom you have stood in. Line it up next to a second column in which you list the name(s) of the project(s) on which you stood in for the actor.

Ordering Your Work Experience

The most recent project would generally be placed at the top followed in order by previous projects, much like listing job experience on a standard work résumé. Listing the dates of the projects is optional as well. It may be to your advantage to list dates if you stood in on a project long-term, such as for several seasons of a television show. This information could be added to a third column.

Film vs. Television

Listing your stand-in experience on films separately from your stand-in experience on television projects is up to you. Unless you’d like to fill out the page more, it’s acceptable to list everything in one category.

Photo-Doubling

You may want to note projects on which you only worked only as a photo-double for an actor and not as the actor’s stand-in.  “Photo-Doubling” is an optional section you could that would help fill out your résumé.

Get Started!

Sample Résumé (Adobe .pdf)
Click here to view a sample stand-in résumé to guide you in creating your own.

Résumé Template (Word .doc)
Click here to download a template for creating your own stand-in résumé.

Sample résumé and résumé template created by Ben Hauck.

Have fun with your résumé! Since there is no formal standard stand-in résumé format, you can make it your own. Keep in mind that there is a lot of optional information to add or not to add, so set up your résumé in the way that promotes you the best.

Good luck!

Have you found it helpful to have a stand-in résumé on hand? Any tips you’d like to share with others about making one? Please comment below!

10 Comments

Mar 22nd 201203:03
by Fred Brotman

It is interesting that you’ve included photo double work as stand-in work. I have done photo double work where my head was digitally removed and replace by the main actor. I’ve also worked as a body double for an actor. They needed 4 of him to appear at the same time. They covered my head and face with dots. They shot the scene 3 times. Once with both of us standing next to each other. The second shot was of him coming through a door and standing next to me. The 3rd shot was of me coming in through a door and standing next to him. I’ve been asked if I have done stand-in work before and I’ve said no. Now I guess I should start saying yes. Thank you.

Mar 30th 201218:03
by Sara DeRosa

Hi Fred! Thanks for your comment. Great to hear you have done photo-doubling work! However, I don’t recommend saying you have stand-in experience just because you have worked as a photo-double. Although related, stand-in work and photo-double work are two separate jobs. From the information in my article, I meant to show that I think it can be helpful to list photo-doubling work experience on your stand-in resume since these jobs are in the same category of work. For example, an actor may decide to list voice-over work on their acting resume. That would show they have experience in the industry, but doing voice-over work doesn’t mean the actor has had on-camera acting experience. With that all said, I do encourage you to note to casting directors that you have photo-doubling experience when asked if you have done stand-in work, because both fields share some of the same necessary skills. Good luck out there!

Sep 14th 201201:09
by Claudia

Maybe a stupid questions, but do you usually include a headshot when submitting a stand-in resume to casting directors, like with an acting resume? They have my picture on file and can pull me up to see my picture in their system, but I was wondering if it’s common nevertheless. Thanks!

Sep 16th 201213:09
by Ben Hauck, Editor

Hi Claudia!

I’m not exactly sure I understand the context of your question, but I guess I don’t see why not include a headshot or some photo when you’re submitting a stand-in résumé!

Cheers,
Ben Hauck
Editor, Stand-In Central

Sep 17th 201213:09
by Sara DeRosa

Thanks for your question, Claudia! I would suggest to always include a picture when submitting for stand-in work. For all aspects of the entertainment industry, it’s important for casting directors to be able to connect a face to a name and a resume. If you go to a stand-in interview, offer a headshot so the production has your picture on hand and doesn’t have to contact casting to get it. Good luck out there!

Sep 21st 201202:09
by Claudia

thank you!!

Oct 25th 201221:10
by dyon

I have Standin pictures from the camera / photography crew, should I add these photos as a collage as a Standin.

Oct 25th 201221:10
by Ben Hauck, Editor

Hi Dyon,

I’m not exactly sure I understand where you would have these, but if they’d be online, why not?

Oct 25th 201221:10
by dyon

The camera guy took black and white pics of me as they were looking through the camera and emailed it to me, Thanks

Oct 26th 201211:10
by Sara DeRosa

That’s great, Dyon! If you use casting websites to submit for stand-in work, you could add some of those photos to your online portfolio so casting directors can see shots of you in action. Good luck out there!

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