Whether you're a musician seeking an agent to find and book gigs, an actor interested in finding a professional who can get you auditions, or a writer seeking literary representation for your novel, you will most likely need to write a cover letter when initially contacting a prospective agent. Much like a job cover letter, this letter must be formal and professional in tone and point out your strongest qualities to the agent.
Open a new Word document and, if available, select a cover letter template. Enter your name (slightly larger or bolder font is acceptable, so long as it is easy to read) and your contact information, including address, phone number, e-mail address and website as the header. Double space and type the name, title and address of the agent below this information.
Write a formal salutation that address the agent by name. If you are sending your cover letter by e-mail, do not write a generic salutation to simply because you are sending your letter to several agents at once. Take the time to address each personally one at a time.
Write a two to three sentence introductory paragraph that explains who you are, what you do and your level of experience. For example, "After six years of playing weddings and special events in San Diego, I am interested in finding an agent in Los Angeles that can help me establish a presence for my cover band in the city."
Write a five- to six-sentence middle paragraph that explains in more detail what you have to offer as a talent. While you may also be providing the agent with a resume#xE9; or curriculum vitae with a more detailed list of information, the cover letter is your chance to choose the highlights of your career so far. Items to consider include whether you have a degree in a field relevant to your talent, any awards or accolades you have received, any famous venues you have performed in or celebrities you have performed with, or publications which have featured you as an artist.
Write a two- to three-sentence closing paragraph and indicate how you would like the agent to contact you and how you might like to proceed with establishing a partnership. Remember to thank the agent for his time and consideration.
Write a formal closing, such as "Sincerely," and type your name. Print the cover letter and sign your name below your printed name in black ink.
If you are e-mailing your cover letter, remember not all computers open some files. Save your cover letter as a PDF or Word document to ensure that the agent will be able to view it.
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- If you are e-mailing your cover letter, remember not all computers open some files. Save your cover letter as a PDF or Word document to ensure that the agent will be able to view it.
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