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Mega List of Special Skills For Your Acting Resume

Special skills for your acting resume are the skills you list after your work experience and training. You should also indicate your level of ability (intermediate, advanced, fluent, etc).

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.

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

Examples of Special Skills for Acting Resumes

Sports Skills

  • Team sports (badminton, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, roller hockey, cricket, rugby, football, racquetball, tennis)
  • Track & Field (hurdles, sprinting, long jump, pole vault, shot put, discus)
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Cycling (BMX, freestyle, jumps, mountain biking, unicycle, etc)
  • Combat training, stage combat
  • Skiing
  • Bowling
  • Martial arts
  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback riding
  • Roller skating
  • Ice skating
  • Kick boxing
  • Fencing
  • Body building
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Firearms training, weapons training
  • Billiards
  • Darts
  • 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 Skills

  • Motorcycling
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Piloting a plane
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cycling (BMX, freestyle, jumps, mountain biking, unicycle, etc)

Performance Skills

  • Dance (ballet, ballroom, tap, breakdance, etc)
  • Gymnastics
  • Balloonist
  • Cheerleading
  • Juggling
  • Clowning
  • Mime
  • Ventriloquism, puppetry
  • Magic tricks
  • Stand up comedy
  • Improv comedy
  • Baton twirling
  • Rope tricks
  • Acrobatics

Music Skills

  • Singing (indicate vocal range)
  • Musical instrument
  • Beatbox
  • Rapping
  • Body percussion
  • Conducting
  • Musical theatre
  • Playing in a band (blues, country, latin, etc)

Language Skills

  • Fluency in foreign languages
  • Accents/Dialects

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

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.

Any Other Special Skills?

Feel free to add your ideas in the comments below!

By Sarah Tolle

Actor, writer, storyteller.

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