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Headshot/Resume Paper?

tubesocktubesock Registered User Posts: 62 New Member
edited November 2009 in Musical Theater Major
So I have another question since you all are so helpful. What kind of paper should a headshot and/or resume be on? Thanks!
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Replies to: Headshot/Resume Paper?

  • MichaelNKatMichaelNKat Registered User Posts: 4,220 Senior Member
    I would suggest putting the headshot on high quality photo paper and the resume on business quality bond or copier paper. The resume can then be stapled to the back of the head shot. When printing head shots at home, I have been singularly unsuccessful at printing the resume on the back of the photo paper, regardless of the type of photo paper used and regardless of whether I printed the resume with an inkjet or laser printer.
  • NotMamaRoseNotMamaRose Registered User Posts: 4,090 Senior Member
    My D has her headshots printed out at Kinko's on good quality white lightweight cardstock and prints her resume out on regular old white printer paper and has done find with that. The cardstock is a bit heavier and less "bendy" than regular photo paper and takes the color headshot image nicely.
  • KatMTKatMT College Rep Posts: 4,018 Senior Member
    For the headshot I suggest matte photo paper, then cut it down to 8x10 and staple the resume (printed on paper) to the back. The resume should be cut to fit the back of the headshot without paper sticking out around the edges. Some people choose to attach the resume with spray adhesive, or to print the resume directly on the back of the headshot.I personally am a fan of staples, though. The cardstock option mentioned above could also work for college auditions.
  • NotMamaRoseNotMamaRose Registered User Posts: 4,090 Senior Member
    KatMt, the cardstock is pretty much like matte photo paper. Is there some reason it should not be used for other than college auditions? My D used this approach last year for summer stock and got work ....
  • pacheightpacheight Registered User Posts: 1,168 Senior Member
    "photo paper, then cut it down to 8x10 and staple the resume (printed on paper) to the back. The resume should be cut to fit the back of the headshot"

    ^^ that's exactly how everyone in TV and Film casting wants it!

    once you get to the audition headshots are like business cards, maybe a 1% value, everything else is you:) Auditions are everything!
  • KatMTKatMT College Rep Posts: 4,018 Senior Member
    NotMamaRose -- she should probably ask her teachers at NYU what they think... in my experience in terms of summer stock work I would think that the cardstock method is acceptable for a student still in college.
  • NJTheatreMOMNJTheatreMOM Registered User Posts: 3,673 Senior Member
    Is there some reason that matte would be preferable to glossy for headshots?
  • MichaelNKatMichaelNKat Registered User Posts: 4,220 Senior Member
    ^ I'd also be curious to know if that is a general consensus and why. I've used both (used double sided mat finish when I tried to print the resume on the back) and from my personal perspective, I think glossy has more "pop" to it. Maybe it has something to do with glare? Then again, I suspect that this is an area where you can tend to "over think" things.
  • KatMTKatMT College Rep Posts: 4,018 Senior Member
    Matte is my experience of the current industry standard. I personally prefer the matte to glossy because of the glare issue MichaelNKat mentions, and it does not pick up finger prints n the same way...

    Once out of school and auditioning for professional work on a daily basis, working with an agent, etc... following current industry standard becomes a bigger issue than it is for college auditions, or even auditioning for summer work while still in college. This is not something I would overthink at this stage of the game (college auditions and summer stock auditioning).

    Industry standard may differ from market to market as well .... what is standard in NYC, may not be the same as what is standard in another city.

    When the students get closer to graduation from their college programs I am sure that they will discuss what is industry standard in their auditioning and professional issues classes.
  • AlexaMTAlexaMT Registered User Posts: 600 Member
    Yeah, I've heard from many colleges that luster (or I suppose matte is what it's also called) is definitely the way to go and what they prefer. Also, printing straight on the back is okay, but sometimes they may want to seperate them and that's when staples come in handy.

    Putting your name on the front is a great idea, as well, either to left or centered under your picture if it has a thick enough white border.

    I've also been told that adding a second, small picture (typically a contrasting one from you're 8x10 headshot) at the top of the resume by your name is also becoming a bigger trend.
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