In this blog we will be discussing everything you need to know about headshots.
Welcome! For this blog we will be going over how to create your dance resume! Every dancer NEEDS to have a dance resume. At auditions, a dancer will turn in a headshot and resume (stapled back to back) to the casting directors. Once your resume is created, I suggest saving it someplace easily accessible-your desktop for example. That way you always have it at your fingertips and you can add to it when necessary. The format for your resume will be the same whether you have an agent or not. Once you are signed, only the contact information on your resume will change (i.e., you will replace your contact information with that of the agency).
Top of the Resume
First things first: your name. Visibility is important. It needs to be bold and in a larger font than the rest of the text. Below that you need to list your height, weight, hair color, and eye color. The words “height, weight, hair, and eye” all should be bold and capitalized. As previously stated, if you are not signed to an agency, you will need to add your own telephone number and email. Have the words “phone” and “email” bolded and capitalized as well. (See example below.)
HEIGHT: 5’6” | WEIGHT: 130lbs. PHONE: 123.456.7890
HAIR: Brown | EYES: Brown EMAIL: email@example.com
DOB: 01/31/2002 ß DOB for people who are 18 years and younger!
*NEVER add your address or any other personal information to your dance resume. At auditions, casting directors don’t always shred the headshots and resumes when they are done with them. Most of the time, they go directly into the trash. If your headshot and resume were to get into the wrong hands, that person would literally have a picture of you and know where you live. It’s very unsafe and creepy!
Headers should be listed in the order below:
*Note: these are bolded, capitalized, and underlined. The font and size should stay the same as the credits listed under them. There is no need to make the headings bigger.
Do not stress out if you don’t have credits to go under each category. If you do not have credits for a certain category, simply leave it off of your resume. If you are just starting out, your resume will not be super full and that is okay! To help take up space, enter twice between each category.
Anytime you have booked a job or worked on a project, remember to add that listing to the TOP of the related category. In other words, credits should appear in reverse chronological order.
Your dance resume will have 3 columns to it. The column on the far left will be the title of the project. The middle column will be the role you played. And the right column will be the choreographer, director, or company name. It is very important that you fill out all three columns for every job. Don’t leave something blank! (See example below.)
Kesha – “Learn to Let Go” Dancer Jillian Meyers
Alle Farben – “Bad Ideas” Secret Agent John Threat
Nacho – “Bailame” Lead Female Marlon Films
Christina Aguilera – “Come On Over” Dancer Tina Landon
Mandy Moore – “So Real” Dancer Travis Payne
There are a few different ways to list this category. I have seen both of the following formats used by different agencies. For your first option, you can list each style of dance you have trained in, followed by a dash and list the teachers/choreographers. (See example below.)
Jazz- Helene Phillips, Melissa Miles, Tony Elliott, Sheryl Murakami
Ballet- Maxine Hupy, Dasha Tertova
Hip Hop- Miguel Antonio, G Madison, Tovaris Wilson, Nico O’Connor, Rob Rich
Contemporary- Rudy Abreu, Karen Chuang, Sabrina Phillip
Heels- Claude Racine, Liana Blackburn, Galen Hooks, Sienna Lyons
Salsa- Gustavo Vargas
For your second option, you can list big programs or intensives that you have done. (See example below.)
BFA in Dance from University of Michigan
Galen Hooks “Immersion” Intensive
Ricky Jackson’s What Moves Work Intensive
Body Language Experience
Cameron Lee Mentorship Program
Rockette Summer Intensive
When listing the people under whom you have trained, you should only list those who know you by name or whose classes you have taken CONSISTENTLY. If you took one class at a convention with Brian Friedman 5 years ago, then he shouldn’t appear on your resume. Alternatively, under the training section, you could list Brian under a category labeled “Master Classes.” (See example below.)
Master Classes: Brian Friedman, Tucker Barkley, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Jordan Cassanova, Kenny Wormald, Yanis Marshall, Rumor Noel, etc.
This category is where you will list everything you can do besides dance and specific dance styles. You should feel comfortable demonstrating any skill listed in this category in front of casting directors. You don’t have to be the best at these things, but you must be able to fully do them. Some examples of what you might list here are sports, knitting, horseback riding, make-up application, yoga, acting, singing, driving a snowmobile, etc. Believe it or not, knowing how to drive is a skill! So if you have a driver’s license you can list that as well. Not everyone knows how to drive! Let’s look at a bad example, on the other hand. If you’ve taken a single aerial yoga class, you should NOT list aerial work amongst your skills. Again, make sure it is something you can do solely by itself.
Extra Heading (for Kids Only)
If you are just starting out in the industry, you won’t have a lot of credentials to list on your resume. For children, to help take up space you can have the heading “Awards/Scholarships” entered right above “Training” heading. This is where you will list scholarships received at conventions as well as high-point-overall awards at competitions. Do not list every award or placement for every dance you have ever done. Pick the most prestigious awards. (See example below.)
2018 Artists Simply Human Apprentice Scholarship Winner
2018 LADM Scholarship Winner
2018 Teen Dance of the Year Winner, Rainbow Dance Competition
2018 Miss Teen Dance, Kids Artistic Revue
2017 NUVO Standout Artist
2017 Hollywood Connection ICON National Finalist
2016 24 Seven Dance Convention Non-Stop Dancer Runner Up
Tips and Tricks
- Your resume should only be one page in length. Once your resume becomes full, be sure to use a smaller font, a smaller size, and smaller margins.
- Do not list recitals on your resume. We want to keep it as professional as possible. Most dancers have performed in recitals, but not everyone has won a dance scholarship!
- When formatting your resume, make sure you hit the tab button so that everything lines up accordingly. You want to keep it clean and easy to read.
- Use the same font throughout the entire resume.
- It is okay to add “extra/background” work you have done to your resume. It shows you have worked on a professional set before!
Download a sample resume now!
Stay tuned for next week where we will be learning all about headshots! Thank you and see you next time!
Welcome to LA!
Home to the commercial dance industry!
First of all, give yourself a pat on the back for being here and trying to prepare you and your family for this whirlwind of an industry. It’s not a light decision to make the move out here and follow your dreams with full force, so props to you and your family. What you can expect from us is a different topic every week giving you insight into crucial aspects of the dance industry. We are going explore anything and everything related to commercial dance. A little taste of what you can expect from us in the future are topics such as agencies, standing out in a crowd, making sure you have the right materials for your dancers, making progress in classes, and so much more!
For this first blog, let’s take a step back. Are you not sure if LA is right for you? Are you bringing your child out here to get some additional training? Maybe you are coming on vacation and are trying to incorporate some dance in there. For this blog, we will go over where classes are held, where to stay while you are here, when the best time to come is, and some fun things that your child will actually want to do while he or she is here.
My first suggestion before even moving to LA is to take a trip or two out here first. Make sure you like the vibe before you commit! I would suggest a minimum of a two week stay. That gives you and your child ample time to do some serious training and sight seeing. LA (or any city for that matter) can be all glitz and glam while you do the touristy things. But once the dust settles and you are in the thick of it everyday, how will you feel then? If you can stay longer that’s even better. Two weeks should be your starting point. If you can, I would try to stay out here for a month. I know that might not be ideal for every family and every situation – but the longer you stay, the better sense you will have of your potential day-to-day life in LA. If you discover that LA isn’t for you, then that doesn’t mean that your child can’t have a successful dance career elsewhere (e.g., New York, Chicago, Atlanta).
While you are on your trip out here, your child is going to want to take class. So let’s start there! I would suggest taking class at every place you can. For starters, it helps you get a vibe of the different studio spaces. Trust me, the vibe is different at every location. One studio is not better than the other—they are just different. Secondly, visiting different studios will help you to become more familiar with the greater Los Angeles area.
If your trip is on the shorter side I would NOT suggest buying class cards. Class cards are great if you will be in the area for a while. You get to save a few dollars per class and it sometimes makes for an easier sign-in process. The average drop in class price is $16. Some studios go as low as $14, and some are up to $17. If you decide to take a master class (someone with a big name who doesn’t have a regular teaching spot, or someone not from the area), the price is usually around $25.
While on your trip, don’t take class from the same person twice! There are SOOOOO many incredible teachers and different styles to learn that you might not have in your hometown. You should take advantage of that! That said, LA is known for hip hop and jazz funk—so I would suggest prioritizing those classes. Maybe even take a class in a specific style of hip hop (e.g., popping, locking, vogue, dancehall, etc.). Remember: a booking dancer can do multiple styles!
Below is a list of popular studios to take class at while in LA:
- Millennium Dance Complex
- EDGE Performing Arts Center
- Movement Lifestyle
- Playground LA
- KreativMndz Dance Academy
- IMMA Space
- IDA Hollywood
- Debbie Reynolds (When it reopens)
*Debbie Reynolds was closed due to a Notice of Demolition from the city. They are in the process of looking for a new space, but as of now they do not have a location. It was a personal favorite of mine for taking classes. Continue to check social media to find out details about any progress with the studio.
If you have some favorite choreographers/teachers, make sure you check their social media daily while on your trip. Sometimes they will rent rehearsal studios to hold pop-up classes. Or sometimes they will sub at the last minute. If you are particularly looking to take pop-up classes, you will find that most are held at West Coast Dance Theatre, Evolution Studios, Starwest Studios, and The basement/Penthouse of Noho.
Where To Stay While You Visit
Before I moved to LA, people warned me about the traffic here. I can now confidently tell you that it is as bad as they say. Maybe worse. Although staying close to the beach might sound nice, you will deeply regret it and will want to pull your hair out since all of the places to take class are in the Valley or Hollywood areas. I’m from the Midwest where if I have to go someplace that is 10 miles away, it will take me 15 minutes to get there. Out here, if I have to go 10 miles, I leave an hour to an hour and a half early (depending on the time of day) to get to my destination on time.
To avoid as much craziness as you can, I would suggest staying in the Valley (North Hollywood, Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, etc.) or Hollywood areas.
Studios in the Valley
- Millennium Dance Complex (Studio City)
- Movement Lifestyle (North Hollywood)
- IMMA SPACE (North Hollywood)
- KreativMndz Dance Academy (Burbank)
- Old Debbie Reynolds Location (North Hollywood)
Studios is Hollywood
- EDGE Performing Arts Center (Los Angeles/8 minute drive with moderate traffic from Walk of Fame)
- Playground LA (Los Angeles, Melrose Ave)
- IDA Hollywood Los Angeles/3 blocks from Walk of Fame
Whether you are staying in the Valley or Hollywood, hotels are going to be expensive. Alternative accommodations for your visit include Airbnb, Gypsy Housing, or Home for Dancers. You can, of course, also stay with family and friends.
Gypsy Housing is a Facebook page where people list apartments for rent or sublets. It all depends on how long your stay is and the time of year when you come to visit. If you don’t see a post/listing for something you are looking for, write your own post! Write all the details you need. List everything you are looking from in a place! Does it need to be furnished (probably if you are just here for a visit, but make sure to clarify that), have central AC, have ample street parking, laundry in the building, be close to a grocery store? Whatever you want out of your place, write it down. I have found creating my own post to be more helpful than reaching out to others regarding their own.
Another option is Home for Dancers. They have two different locations with five different properties. Depending on your needs, they have both private bedrooms and shared bedrooms. Although I have never personally stayed here, many of my friends have. And more importantly, they have given stellar reviews. Caution: reserve your room very early if you need a place to stay during the summer. They sell out quickly during this time. Be sure to check out their website at http://www.homefordancers.com for additional information.
For transportation, rent a car. LA has public transportation, but it is not as efficient as New York or Chicago. People who live in LA without a car are crazy, but props to them.
When Is The Best Time To Take A Trip?
Summer is the BUSIEST time to take a trip to LA for dance. This is the most convenient time for parents and children to come out here. But during the summer, you also have all of the international dancers who come for the season on their visas. Sometimes dance classes will sell out for the day before noon, because there are so many people trying to get into any class that they can. I suggest making a plan for whose class you want to take the day before, and then signing up online or through their apps on the morning of.
The best time to come to LA is from the end of September through beginning of December. This is the time when classes aren’t at full capacity and there is actually room to dance! December is a little tricky because of the holidays. A few studios stay open with limited classes between Christmas and New Year’s. Movement Lifestyle shuts down a few days before Christmas and opens back up after the New Year. To get the specifics, you would need to call each studio individually. However, in general, most studios stay open until two or three days before Christmas.
Fun Things To Do While On Your Trip!
“Work hard, play harder” has always been my philosophy! Below are some touristy and non-touristy things for you and your artist!
- Walk of Fame
- Madame Tussauds
- Chinese Theater
- Hollywood Sign Viewing Area
- Santa Monica Beach – Pier and shopping, very busy area, rent bikes and pedal down to Venice Beach
- Zuma Beach in Malibu- Quiet, surplus of parking
- El Matador Beach in Malibu – Very cool rocks for photo shoots, limited parking
- See a Broadway show at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre
- Get tickets to see a taping of a live TV show! Check out: www.1iota.com
- Universal Studios and City Walk
- Disney and California Adventures
- Melrose Trading Post
- Hike up to the Griffith Observatory (as seen in La La Land). If hiking isn’t your thing, there is also limited parking at the top. It also makes a good look out spot.
- Take photos with famous lamp posts at LACMA. Or make an entire day of it and go through the museum.
- Grand Central Market in DTLA. Across the street from GCM there is the worlds shortest Trolley Ride. $2 cash round-trip per person!
- DTLA Fashion District
- The Grove, The Americana, Glendale Galleria, 3rd Street Promenade (huge shopping indoor and outdoor malls)
I hope this has been helpful! Stay on the look out for next week’s blog where we will teach you how to help create your child’s resume and get it in tip-top shape. Thanks for being with us and see you next week!
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