Just like any other job, searching for work as an actor may require a strong cover letter. Your cover letter should be personalised to the director or producer of the production for which you hope to land an audition, as well as bring out the details of your most impressive career highlights listed on your resume.
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Start a new document using your word processing program. Choose a cover letter template if available. Create a header (a headline in larger and bolder type) that includes your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Beneath this, include the name of the company and the person's contact information. Double space (insert a blank line), then type a formal salutation addressing the director, producer, agent or whoever will be considering your cover letter and resume by name, such as "Dear Mr. Bradford."
Type a two to three sentence introduction. Explain how you heard about the opening, and if someone has referred you, include the name of the reference and how you are acquainted.
Type the main body of the letter, which may be one to two paragraphs. While you want to focus on your most impressive past jobs and experiences, it's best to stick to only your most recent acting jobs unless the job was particularly impressive. Remember, the casting director will be able to see a list of your career highlights on your resume, so the cover letter is your opportunity to call his attention to the specifics which make you the best actor for this particular role. For example, if during your undergraduate work you took a master class in comedic acting with a well-known actor, and this production is a comedy, this paragraph is an appropriate place to point that out.
Type a closing paragraph and indicate that you would like an audition, and inform the recipient of the best way to reach you, or let him know if you will be in touch. Thank the recipient for his time and consideration, then type a formal closing such as "Sincerely," followed by your name. If you are printing the cover letter, be sure to sign your name as well.
Tips and warnings
- Not all files open on all computers. If you are sending your cover letter to the casting director by e-mail, be sure to save it as a PDF or Word document to ensure he will be able to view it properly.
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