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.
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.
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.
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.
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!