I’ve noticed a pattern among clients of my resume service. One of the first things I ask people to do is give me a list of every movie, show, commercial, video, or whatever that they’ve ever worked on. Even if it was just for a day, or all you did was deliver some DVDs to the director’s house. Literally EVERYTHING.
Again and again, I get comments like this one:
Oh, and I worked on a show called [Title]. We went on hiatus right before filming, and ultimately the show went under. We had done two months of prep. I was advised by a PA friend of mine, that I should not put it on my resume since it was just prep. It’s only listed as under development on IMDB now.
No. No, no, no, no, no.
Whether you use my service or not, heed this advice: IMDb is not your resume. You worked on the show, it’s a line on your resume.
In this particular case, two months of preproduction is a lot of work, and very good experience. It is not your fault, nor does it reflect badly on you, that the show fell apart. Unless they lost their funding because you were a crappy PA, don’t lose any sleep over it.
Nothing is too small to put on your resume. If you’re just out of film school, you can even put student films on there.
A resume is just a list of shows you worked on. Don’t be too proud to put a day playing gig on there. Don’t be too proud to add a shitty, straight-to-Netflix movie. Don’t be too proud to put anything on there.
The only case where I would not include something on your resume is if your time there ended exceedingly badly.1 Even then, you better have enough credits that losing one isn’t going to significantly reduce your resume.
- Like if they show lost its funding because you were a crappy PA.↩