Poll: Putting Your Stand-In Work on Your Acting Résumé

By | 2011-03-13T15:50:56+00:00 March 16th, 2011|Polls|2 Comments

For many stand-ins, stand-in work is a secondary job–at least in theory.  Many stand-ins are also professional actors.

Putting stand-in work on one’s acting résumé can be a controversial topic.  While on one hand it may promote to casting directors that you are knowledgeable of working on sets and with people in production, on another hand it may promote that you do background work, which may be a conflict of professional interest.

For actors with short résumés, stand-in credits can add needed strength to the acting résumé.  For actors with extensive résumés, stand-in credits can clutter or make confusing a résumé.  For actors with mixed résumés, stand-in credits may or may not help the résumé.

So what do you tend to do?  In our first Stand-In Central Poll, we’re asking if you put your stand-in credits on your acting résumé.  Of course, you might use more than one résumé, depending on the casting director or submission, so we’ve included an option in case you’re like that.  Cast your vote below, and check out the results, too!

Do you have any particular guidance on putting your stand-in work on your acting résumé? If so, comment below!

About the Author:

Ben Hauck (Editor, Stand-In Central) has stood in on a number of projects shot in the NYC area. In addition to day-playing, he has stood in on major projects for John Oliver (Last Week Tonight), Jason Bateman (The Longest Week, Disconnect, and The Switch), Jason Sudeikis (Sleeping with Other People), Seth Rogen (The Night Before), and Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie and American Odyssey). Ben is an actor and improviser, author of the 2012 book Long-Form Improv (Allworth Press), and host of The Acting Income Podcast. http://benhauck.com


  1. Sara DeRosa March 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    On my resumes that do mention stand-in work, I don’t list specific jobs or people for whom I have stood in under the film/tv sections. I simply put “Stand-in Work” in my other skills section. What to put and what not to put on your acting resume is a widely debated topic – thanks for posting this poll!

  2. Rob Tode April 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    On most of my acting resumes, I only list stand-in as a general special skill. However, on my resume submissions for agents, I usually look at the resumes of other actors currently represented by that agent, and see if they are listing stand-in. I have found that some agents don’t seem to mind if you list some stand-in gigs as long as they were for A-List actors. Generally speaking, though, I keep it off my acting resume, and instead keep a seperate stand-in resume (which includes my acting work, as well).

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