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Actor Cover Letter Examples

by Arthur Blume

Example cover letters actors can use when submitting to projects.


Whether you send your submission package to a casting director, talent agent or talent agency, you should always include your headshot, resume, and a well crafted and personalized cover letter. Personal communication with the casting director or talent agent will differentiate your resume from the rest and make it easier for the casting director and/or talent agent to remember you when a role needs to be filled.

Your cover letter only needs to be three or four short paragraphs. It's just a 30 second glimpse at your bio, training, or past roles. Here are two short cover letter examples for you to consider.

Sample Cover Letter

Marcus Caparcus
101 Nowhere Drive
Hollywood, CA 90028
310-555-3535
mcarp@email.web

November 29, 2016

Actors Talent Agency
123 Star Dreams Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Attn: Daniel Hireme
Re: Upcoming Superman Role

Dear Mr. Hireme:

I would really like to stop eating cat food. Please hire me for this job.

I graduated from the Julliard School of Music and received top honors for my tuba playing. I am looking for film, television and commercial work.

I have put together a short demo tape of my latest composition for your review. I will follow up with your office by next week to confirm receipt of my portfolio package.

I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Warmest Regards,

Marcus Caparcus

Marcus Caparcus


Here's another sample cover letter. To make things easier for you I have written the sample submission letter with some cheat notes.

Sample Cover Letter

November 29, 2016
Include Today's Date.
Mr. Daniel Hireme
Actors Talent Agency
123 Star Dreams Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Dear Mr. Hireme:
This part is incredibly important! Always address your cover letter to a specific contact.
My name is Marcus Caparcus and I am a new actor to Los Angeles. I am interested in stage, film and commercial productions. My cousin Vinny Babarino mentioned your name to me as he remembered that you and I attended the same performing arts school. It is simply amazing to me that we both grew up in the same town and attended the same acting school.
See how short and sweet that was? I also managed to drop a contact name and a reference that makes a personal connection between me and the recipient.
As for my recent work, you can see me in a guest starring role on 'The Office' next week and I also have a film being released as part of the Barleytown Independent Film Festival. I should also tell you that I will be starting a new role in an off-Broadway play called 'Where the Kitty Kats Are' and can easily arrange some tickets for you.
That's it, three references and no more. I also offered to give some free tickets in an effort to make it easier for the casting director to view my skills.
Thanks again for taking the time to read my cover letter and resume and I look forward to meeting you in person. I am available any time for an audition. Feel free to contact me on my cell phone at 310-555-3535.
Nothing complicated here, just a simple thank you, call me anytime and I am done. Always try to end with a contact number.
Warmest Regards,

Marcus Caparcus

Marcus Caparcus
Sign your cover letter. This detail shows a willingness to make your cover letter more personal.
101 Nowhere Drive
Hollywood, CA 90028
310-555-3535
mcarp@email.web
Include contact information. Make it easy for casting directors and talent agents to reach you for call back auditions and/or interviews.

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Bryan writes in:

I have been out of work since December and I am dying to get back to work.  I read what you had to say about cover letters and it makes sense but  I am having a difficult time simplifying it.  I have been sending out resumes like a mad man and I haven’t gotten even one interview.  Is it the cover letter?

Who knows?  There are a thousand various reasons, ranging from bad timing to you’re not qualified to someone’s nephew got the job.

But, while I have mentioned cover letters before, now’s probably as good a time as any to go into some detail.  I’ll use your letter as an example.

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Nope.  No one uses last names.  I’d be on a first name basis with Steven Spielberg, if I ever met the guy.

Start with,

Hi, Firstname!

or,

Good morning/afternoon, Firstname!

I graduated with honors from Kean University with a B.A. in Media & Film with an emphasis in Broadcasting.  As an experienced and versatile media student, I believe that I would be an asset to your company.

Not bad, but keep it short.  This isn’t an industry for intellectuals, so “with honors” isn’t going to impress anybody.  “With an emphasis in Broadcasting” is equally pointless, bordering on redundant.

As you can see from my enclosed resume, I have completed an internship with Fuse TV followed by a PA position working on a benefit concert featuring Kanye West as well as a live concert with John Mayer.  As a student, I took part in many facets of what my department had to offer.  I was selected to be part of the university’s advanced production team, Production Company II, to help produce Kean’s professional soap opera, “Union.” I was a DJ for WKNJ-FM 90.3, Kean’s college radio station, and worked as a Distribution Supervisor for the Equipment Center.   I am also familiar with a variety of professional software including Final Cut Pro.

You better hope whoever’s reading this is thinking, “He’s a DJ and an editor?!  What a coincidence! That’s exactly what I was looking for!”  Otherwise, they’ll think you’re a jack of all trades, and a master of none.

Besides that, this paragraph is closing in on Anne Rice-length, at least by the standards of someone who reads scripts all day.

Since you’re writing to me, I’m assuming you’re looking for some kind of PA job.  Here’s how I would condense it:

As you can see from my enclosed resume, I interned at Fuse TV, followed by PA positions on concerts by such performers as Kanye West and John Mayer .  As a student, I [co-?]produced Kean’s soap opera, “Union.”

In what way is the soap opera professional, if shot by students?  Even if you have a justification for it, that’s what the employer is going to think.

I wouldn’t mention the equipment center or FCP unless it somehow specifically relates to the job you’re applying for (like a rental house or a post production facility).  Nor would I capitalize your title, like you’re writing in the 1700’s, when they capitalized fucking everything.

I look forward to having the opportunity of meeting with you and to further explore how I might be an asset to your organization. Thank you so much for your time and consideration and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Bryan X

(Obviously, I changed Bryan’s last name for privacy.  Although, wouldn’t it be awesome if X was his last name?)

Boy, you don’t use one word when seven will do, huh?  Take Strunk and White’s advice: omit needless words.

Thanks for your time and consideration.  I look forward to hearing from you!

One important thing about what I did there, in case you missed it: I assumed that the employer is going to call me back, without being heavy handed about it.  I don’t know if that little nudge will work, but you never know.

Now, if any of you readers actually have hired someone (unlike me, who has only been on the being-hired side of the table), feel free to chime in with your comments on or disagreements with my advice.

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