How to write an effective Resume for an Artist
You can use the information contained in this page to whip up a quality artist resume for work in a variety of fields including a: production artist, performance artist, culinary artist, graphic or 3D artist, makeup artist, paint artist, sketch artist, forensic artist, music artist, tattoo artist, and many other professions. Careers in the arts involve creativity, enthusiasm, professionalism, abstract thinking, and the ability to transform ideas into reality.
Many of the professions mentioned in the opening paragraph might require you to submit a portfolio containing your previous work (graphic, paint, sketch, tattoo, etc.) along with the artist resume you provide. Recruiters in other areas may have other job entry requirements, such as competency tests: Where you show that you are able to use equipment related to the job (production, 3D) or how creative you can be (culinary, performance, paint, interior design.)
This is your introduction to the agency, firm, organization, or studio that you wish to gain employment with. The career objective on your artist resume should indicate the experience you have in your field, one or two abilities you bring with you to the position, and should tell the reader what job you’re applying for. A modernized career summary often follows your objective statement with a bullet list of your most prominent achievements and/or skills (look for artist resume samples or templates for ideas about format choices.)
Artist Resume Sample Objective Statements:
“Experience graphic design artist seeking challenging and innovative work in your studio. My experience with 3D graphics and other areas of television production will allow me to create unique videos for your viewers.”
“Highly-skilled tattoo artist looking for a challenging new opportunity in your modernized studio. My experience combines tribal, Celtic, and European themes to give customers a wide-array of design choices.”
You can use the suggested section title, “Skills” or “Achievements”, or choose to tailor the heading to target your respective career (E.g., Graphic Design Skills/Achievements, Design Skills/Achievements, Forensic Artist Skills/Achievements, etc.) If possible, try to match the skills you list here to the skills requested in the job posting for the position. A bulleted list should be used when describing prominent achievements, but if you feel you need to list several skills to gain the job (more than 5) you might prefer to display a single paragraph containing several comma-separated skills.
Examples are shown below that will help you put the skills section of your artist resume together. Examples contain mixed skills and achievements from various artistic fields.
Bullet List Example:
- Proficiency with design software including: Corel, Adobe, Dreamweaver and AutoCad.
- Voted “Most Creative Employee of the Month” several times.
- Artwork has been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art.
Comma Separated List Example:
Conceptual thinker, hard worker, communicator, computer skills (Microsoft and Adobe), sketch from memory, shading, gray-scale, water paint, oil paint, pencil, advertising creatives, film acting, television acting, etc.
This section of an artist resume is used to show how you’ve put your skills into practice over the years. List the positions you have held over the years, along with any freelance work that you’ve completed. Make sure that you have proof of the statements you make in this section, as you will have to back up what you write down here at some point – either by showing that you can do what you say, or providing references to corroborate your claims.
As with the other sections of your artist resume, you are free to customize the title of this section to suit the position, or your personal preferences. List the jobs/projects you were involved with in the following format…
Career Background Sample Format:
Start date – End date Your position/title Company name
Follow with three or four bullet points describing duties you performed, projects completed, or any achievements you were recognized for.
The reference section is often left out of modern resumes in fields outside the arts. You should definitely include a section for a few personal and/or professional references, so recruiters can call them if they wish. Each recruiter or manager has their own hiring style, and many like to cut to the chase quickly after they’ve scanned your resume – often preferring to call people who’ve worked with you and see what they have to say about you – before calling you personally to schedule an interview.
References Sample Format for Artist Resume: