Cover Letter


What is a cover letter ?

A Cover Letter should be a personal letter (not general) that addresses the director, agent, manager, or casting director, in order to tell him in a few more words why a specific actor is right for a certain job / role.

Your cover letter really depends of the purpose of your submission. If it is to a casting director you may point to a specific skill that might get you the part. If you are writing to an agent, then mention that you're seeking a new representation.

An actor's cover letter is extremely important. Some actors don't bother sending one because they assume the casting director don't have time to read it. It is true that sometimes a casting director is under a lot of pressure, therefore is short of time, but if you bother to write a cover letter, they will bother to read it.

The only reason they may not read it, is because your headshot looks bad, or your resume doesn't look professional.

Our advice is to always bother writing a cover letter. It shows that you take your career seriously.

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SAMPLE COVER LETTER

Mike Anderson,
1234, West 87 Street,
Queens, NY, 12123
(212)-456 5890.

Date: 31st May, 2006.

Mr. John Smith,
National Acting Talent Unlimited,
257, Park Avenue South,
New York, NY 12345-6789.

Dear Mr. Smith,

I am an actor new to the city. I grew up in Chicago and just graduated from the University of North Carolina. I just booked a recurring u/5 on 'Days of our Lives', and I also got a call back for The TV show 'LOST'. I also recently completed a run on a play at The Complex Theatres called 'Justice'.

I would love to meet with you and discuss the possibly of us working together. I enclosed my latest pictures and resume for your consideration. .

Sincerely,

Mike Anderson,
New York.

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