And a sorta ethical question.... and much anxiety...
I am really interested in doing acting for commercials and voice-overs (as well as print modeling but that's probably a question for another day!) and have basically no experience. I attend a large university in NYC that has several musical theater and acting programs but I am NOT an acting major nor have I taken any acting classes at this school. My school is holding a a free masterclass on the Method and Stanislavski System and although I have no interest in acting for theater, I think it would be really
good acting training to put on my currently non-existent acting resume as well as a pretty interesting experience. I'm also currently broke so I don't have hundreds of dollars right now to take expensive classes (although I would like to and plan to save up for them once I get a j-o-b.) so free sounds fabulous to me.
I emailed the people in charge to ask if I could attend if the class is open to theater students only and they said 'Send your acting resume. It is open to all who have or are working on completing a Bachelor’s degree who also have acting and theater experience'. Uh-oh. That brought two things to mind: 1) What acting and theater experience?! Is it even fair for me to try to get in on this class when I'm really not as serious about it as other students may be? If I am even selected, then won't I be taking a spot from someone who deserves it? 2) I don't have an acting resume!
Should I even bother to apply and potentially take a spot from someone else? If I decide to apply, how do I construct a convincing resume when all I have to put on it is my name, contact info, and an acting for TV/film class that I took 5-10 years ago? Or is that enough?? (Even if I am not selected to take this class, I will still need to write a resume eventually so might as well get started now).
I've found samples
online but still have questions. Is it really acceptable to write things like 'None yet', 'Same... none yet' under headings like the example does? Or to even just write 'none'? This
site suggests writing a little about myself and acting goals but for online resumes only. Do you think that that would be acceptable for this program? I figure that'll be a good place to explain my lack of experience and let them know that I should have a spot?
I'm also a little worried that if (yeah, big IF) I get accepted to attend this masterclass that I'll be confused at some things going on and/or get odd stares and at the worst, rude questions from other students about why I'm there since I'm not a theater student (the students are a close-knit group, so they'll know).
tl;dr: Useful hints on constructing an acting resume out of thin air? Should I bother to apply to this class at all? Hints on dealing with awkwardness of not belonging?
Sorry this is so long and thanks in advance! :)