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Checklist for Actors

What do you need in your portfolio when entering the acting industry and you want to start auditioning for roles? Here, we list all the essential elements you will need to get started as an actor!

1. Headshots

Your headshot is the most crucial part of your portfolio. How can casting directors cast you if they don't know what you look like? Your headshot should be a well-lit, high-quality portrait showing your full face. It is often beneficial to also have a variety of images in your portfolio with framings (full-body, half-body, and profile) and in different outfits and with different expressions.

2. CV

Similar to when you are applying for other jobs, you need to prepare a CV. You can easily find templates for actor CVs online, but you should include things like your physical attributes, your previous roles, acting education/courses you've taken, and a picture of yourself.

3. Showreel

A showreel is a collection of video clips from previous film or TV projects you've been a part of. Your showreel should showcase your skills as an actor and your ability to take on different characters. If you're in the beginning of your career and haven't acted in any projects yet, your showreel could instead feature recorded material from a film acting course or a scene you've filmed yourself.

4. Register on Casting Websites

There are several websites where you can register as an actor to apply for jobs, such as or Prepare your profile with good pictures and a well-written presentation text, and register as a member. Also, remember to send your CV and showreel directly to casting directors; you can find a list of all Swedish casting directors here.

5. Update Your Online Presence

While this is not a requirement to become an actor, having a presence on social media can certainly help your career. By connecting with other actors and update your network with what projects you are working on, you can meet new people, showcase your skills, and make it easier for people to get in touch with you.

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