A few months ago, I helped a director on his low-budget film for about 4 weeks. It ended up being a huge mistake (he took advantage of my inexperience), and I didn’t receive any credit for it on IMDb. Can I still put it on my resume?
Yes, you can!
IMDb has this weird rule that you can’t get credited on something until it’s been released, which means my IMDb page is always somewhere between six months and two years behind. Even if the show has been on the air for six years, if you started in season seven, no Database for your Internet Movie until the premiere.
Don’t trust IMDb to be your resume. Make your own resume. (Or have me make it, whatever.) I advise people to add as many credits as they can, even if you only worked on a show for a day.
Reader Chris suggested adding “(temp)” behind those types of credits, but I think “(day player)” sounds better, and utilizes the lingo (which is always impressive). If you have a mix of long-term and day-playing jobs, put the longer ones higher up, to emphasize you have been fully employed at one time or another.