A few quick resume questions: What are the rules guiding listing commercial work? I've seen the 'conflicts available upon request' thing before, but when do you add that to a resume? It seems a little like overkill for one commercial but obviously I would kind of like to note the commercial I just did on my resume. Part two, what is the proper way to list a webisode? Thanks Erin!
There are a lot of schools of thought on commercial information being placed on resumes. "Conflicts" occur when you do a commercial for a specific category of product (autos, fast food, hair care, beer, etc) which then precludes you from doing a commercial in that category as long as the current commercial is running. You let commercial CDs know what your conflicts are if they request them (hence the phrase) but it wouldn't be something you'd offer freely, since it can preclude you from work.
As you mentioned, the typical reason actors mention conflicts is to indicate that they have commercial experience. But in fact, it's unnecessary to list commercials in the "Experience" part of your resume, because the resume is typically used for work in the legit/theatrical realm. For commercials, they rarely ask for a resume. Most often, you go into the audition and fill out a size card, and they'll take a digital photo (or they'll already have your information in their casting system.) So, mentioning the commercial experience on your resume is not really required.
Further, conflicts are normally relevant only if the commercial is a SAG or AFTRA project that is currently running. Non-union contracts don't always have exclusivity clauses, and you are free to work if the union commercial is no longer running and you are not being held. You can find out more information about SAG Commercial Contracts here.
If you feel strongly about mentioning your commercial experience on your resume, I would suggest that you mention it in your Special Skills section (though I recommend against listing the clients.) Also, be sure to mention any and all commercial training in your Training/Education section.
As for your question on webisodes- I would create a separate section for "Internet/New Media" and place the information there.
I hope this is useful- let me know if you need anything else!
Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out http://www.theactorsenterprise.org.