Choosing the Right Font for Your Acting Resume

if you've ever taken a class or read a

book on graphics design you'll know that

they try to cover all the different

elements that go into creating print

advertising they'll talk about color the

use of images the layout of the objects

on the paper how to group them to be

most effective to convey the message you

want and then finally they'll talk about

what font or typeface style to use for

the written language that's going to be

on the advertisement itself so in your

quest to have the perfect actor resume

for your auditions hopefully you've seen

my other videos on the Gutenberg diagram

and on anchoring and so on and your

reworking your resume well picking the

right font is also just as important as

knowing where the layout of the

information goes on your resume so today

I want to cover a few things I want to

talk about the three different families

or groups that fonts are classified in

then I'm going to show you some examples

of using each of those families of fonts

on a resume so you can see how effective

it is or not in conveying information

and then I want to wrap up with a short

talk about the use of different sizes of

fonts on your resume itself okay so

let's get started so for our purposes

we're just going to look at three

families of thoughts you'll see why once

I go through them while we're only

looking at these three for our samples

the first one is script font and it's

designed to mimic handwriting because

that's why you've got all these loops

and curlicues and so on

there you have samples like script Black

Adder Edwardian Harlow solid now to show

you why this in my opinion is the worst

font to pick for your resume I've

created a an actor resume using only the

script font as you can see even though

it sort of looks cool close up if you're

looking at it it's it's really difficult

to read ultimately

okay there's a term in graphics design

called noise and what it refers to is

when the information that's on the page

is so hard to take in they say that the

the the layout of the design isn't too

noisy and this is really noisy it's so

hard to take in the individual words

that you lose the message you're trying

to get across with all the information

so this is one to stay away from any

kind of script font stay far away from

it the next font is called a serif font

and serif refers to this little tiny

hanging down thing that comes off a tee

or that comes off the side here at the a

or off the top of the our right those

are called serifs Times New Roman is

probably one of the most widely used

fonts in the world for newspapers for

magazines and books it was created

around 1934 The Times of London

the newspaper they had been using an

older version of this which they called

times old Roman but then they updated it

and this was the font that they came up

with and these are some derivatives of

that there's Georgia imprint shadow

stencil and in all the cases they have

the reason why you know it's a serif

font is it's got little stuff pointing

off the edges of the letters okay so

this is what my actor resume would look

like given that and you know Times New

Roman is perfectly serviceable it's also

you know the default setting for a

Microsoft Word doc so this is why most

actors resumes look like this but

there's a couple of drawbacks the first

one is that very fact most actors

resumes look like this because most

actors don't take the time to think

about what font to use their fonts all

look the same

there are times new roman' I think it's

important you know if you're going to

spend the time to develop your resume

postcards website by having a

distinctive font that's yours

it makes a visual theme across all the

different advertising pieces the other

really big problem with Times New Roman

with us with a serif font is that actors

when they start over filling their

resume and making things really small

the typeface really starts to break down

and become too noisy now right now the

size of this typeface here this font is

is 12 and it's it's it's pretty easy to

read but when you start to reduce it to

say 10 or even 8 it's sort of like

reading the fine print in a legal

document and it's much too hard and once

again it gets noisy so our last font is

called Sam serif Sam meaning without

you'll see there are no hanging down

things off the tee or the a of the R or

anywhere sans serif fonts became really

popular after world war ii they the one

that really started it off was one made

in switzerland called Helvetica if

you've ever looked at the sign for the

New York City subway system all the

information that's ovett akka that's the

font and these are derivatives of that

Arial Tahoma Verdana euro style and once

again you can distinguish them because

they don't have any kind of serifs

hanging off the letters they're nice and


which makes them really easy to read now

here's that resume again in a font

called Tahoma as you can see it's a very

easy font to read it's got a nice solid

look to it and there's a couple of

things I want to talk about not only

with this this particular font style but

with now about how to use font sizes on

the resume one of the best pieces of

advice I ever got about putting my

resume together is that you should think

of your resume as the front page of a

newspaper for a couple of reasons

this is that think of this up here this

area up here is sort of the mass

sad that's the top of the newspaper you

know and I always they say what's the

name of the newspaper the name of this

newspaper is Shawn Pratt and these would

be sort of like you know contact

information for the paper or the stock

quotes and so on and then this is the

body of you know the the front page of

the newspaper and these would be stories

you might say so when you're thinking

about how big to make your fonts if you

start thinking in terms of of a

newspaper front page it makes sense that

your name should be the largest thing on

the the resume followed by your contact

information and your stats and then

going down slightly smaller the

categories like stage and there's just a

little bit of film and education and

training and then the smallest font size

would be for the actual information

itself so these are at 12 so I'm sort of

guessing that this is probably 14 this

information here is probably 16 and this

is in the 20s like 28 size font but if

you think of once again if you think of

the resume as the front page of a

newspaper it'll help you decide how you

how big you want the fonts to go one

last thing about the newspaper analogy

when you get a newspaper you never get

it open-faced like this it's always

folded in half and in the newspaper

industry they call that if you were to

drop draw a line across here that's the

full of line and they say that

everything above the fold or below the

fold so the most important story of the

day goes above the fold it's the

headline the thing you want to read

first so this being my theater resume I

want my theater credits to be above the

fold so the when I walk in to audition

at that theater they'll see my theater

credits first and at the bottom I've

included a couple of film credits but

not many so once again use the newspaper

analogy when laying this out so there

you have it San serif fonts are by far

the best choice when you're picking


to go in your resume they're cleaner

they're clearer

I just like the look and feel of them a

lot they're to me it's an obvious choice

also something to keep in mind once you

find a font that you really like you

should use that font on all your

materials that come out of your office

whether it's your the letterhead you

have your thank-you cards if you have a

website if you can get that font for the

for the type face for the website great

it's a small detail but if you take that

kind of time and care to have all the

stuff match visually it sends a good

message to the viewer it's a real subtle

thing but it's worth doing also please

remember about the newspaper idea that

if you think of your new resume as the

front page of a newspaper that'll help

you in choosing the right size font to

use for pieces of information on the

page itself and finally before I go I

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