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Actor Special Skills List With 50+ Examples For Your Resume

Special skills for your acting resume are the skills you list after your work experience and training. Here’s a list to get you started.

Actor special skills for your acting resume are the skills you list after your work experience and training.

Special skills usually go at the bottom of your resume or in your profile in casting platforms like Actors Access, Casting Networks, Backstage, Now Casting, NYCastings.com, Casting Frontier, and Playbill (for theatre actors).

You list the skill accompanied by your level of ability (intermediate, advanced, fluent, etc).

In this post, I’ve listed tons of examples of actor special skills you can include in your resume.

Examples of Special Skills for Acting Resumes

Here’s a list of special skills for your acting resume to get you started.

Please don’t just copy and paste these special skills onto your resume! Your relationships are everything in this industry, so make sure what you list is accurate and truthful.

Note: Here are some additional ways to market yourself as an actor if you’re looking for more ways to stand out.

Sports Special Skills List

  1. Team sports (badminton, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, roller hockey, cricket, rugby, football, racquetball, tennis)
  2. Track & Field (hurdles, sprinting, long jump, pole vault, shot put, discus)
  3. Archery
  4. Swimming
  5. Diving
  6. Cycling (BMX, freestyle, jumps, mountain biking, unicycle, etc)
  7. Combat training, stage combat
  8. Skiing
  9. Bowling
  10. Martial arts
  11. Rock climbing
  12. Horseback riding
  13. Roller skating
  14. Ice skating
  15. Kick boxing
  16. Fencing
  17. Body building
  18. Skateboarding
  19. Surfing
  20. Firearms training, weapons training
  21. Billiards
  22. Darts
  23. Hacky sack

There are obviously many other physical skills other than the examples in the list above.

Rule of thumb: if it’s an actual skill that you’ve trained for and developed, then list it. I wouldn’t list it if it’s something you tried once in high school but never touched again.

Vehicle Special Skills List

We can split hairs over whether these are vehicle or sport skills, but here are a few ideas:

  1. Motorcycling
  2. Kayaking
  3. Canoeing
  4. Piloting a plane
  5. Snowmobiling
  6. Cycling (BMX, freestyle, jumps, mountain biking, unicycle, etc)

Performance Special Skills List

  1. Dance (ballet, ballroom, tap, breakdance, etc)
  2. Gymnastics
  3. Balloonist
  4. Cheerleading
  5. Juggling
  6. Clowning
  7. Mime
  8. Ventriloquism, puppetry
  9. Magic tricks
  10. Stand up comedy
  11. Improv comedy
  12. Baton twirling
  13. Rope tricks
  14. Acrobatics

Music Special Skills List

  1. Singing (indicate vocal range)
  2. Musical instrument
  3. Beatbox
  4. Rapping
  5. Body percussion
  6. Conducting
  7. Musical theatre
  8. Playing in a band (blues, country, latin, etc)

Language Special Skills List

  1. Fluency in foreign languages
  2. Accents/Dialects

I’ve heard casting directors caution against putting a dialect that you can only do after intense training and practice—actors can get called out to “do an accent” on the spot on a new text they haven’t practiced with before.

Actors Special Skills Tips

Here are a few things to remember:

Be ready to deliver.

Overall, make sure you’re truthful and accurate about what you put down. The special skills on your resume should be things that are truly skills you can do without being coached into it—not just things you’ve tried once or things you’re willing to do.

Put the most impressive stuff first (or the stuff you want to be cast for).

Whenever I see someone read my actor resume, they comment on the first skill I have listed (it’s standup comedy). I guess being a standup comedian is more rare than other things like having some basic dance training, so it seems like it’s just better at making someone interested.

I keep standup comedy first on my special skills list both because it seems to make me stand out and because I want to work in comedic roles. People are short on time, so they often read the first thing on the list and then just skim. Make it count!

On casting platforms, think like a searcher.

I had a discussion with the support team from Backstage.com. I was playing around with creating a profile and I realized that “English” was a special skill.

I mean, of course English is a special skill on a globally used platform.

But I wouldn’t have thought to list it on my resume because I am a native English speaker and it’s not a special skill for me.

When I asked about adding “English” as a special skill, the support team from Backstage told me this:

Actor special skills tip from my correspondence with Backstage.com support team
The Backstage support team member said it’s probably a good idea to list my native language.

I’m not sure, but I imagine this applies to other platforms as well. If a searcher is going narrow their search by selecting a filter for “Language: English”, I definitely want to be in those results.

Think of the search results in which you want to appear—it probably won’t hurt to add those parameters on these types of platforms as special skills, just in case.

Any Other Actor Special Skills?

What special skills for acting resumes am I leaving out? Feel free to add your ideas in the comments below!

By Sarah Tolle

Actor, writer, storyteller.

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