Actor Cover Letters to Agents
If you're an actor for theater or film, you won't need cover letters to audition for a role. You will, however, need them in order to land an agent. If you're looking for representation, there are a few things to remember when you're sending around headshots:
- Do your research. Agents are all looking for different things, and you should target them accordingly. Find an agent who wants what you're selling: your age, your vocal range, your language abilities, etc.
- Stick to the facts. Cover letters for most jobs are meant to reflect your passion and dedication. The best way to do that as an actor is to talk about the concrete work you've done and the qualities you have. Do you know your "type?" You should. You can sell yourself more easily if you're upfront about your body or personality type, frequent roles, singing and dancing ability, and focus.
- Give examples. An agent will know if you're right for them by looking at what you've performed most. Highlight what you want them to know. Mention that you've performed in a lot of Shakespeare plays, or that you've had principal roles as a romantic lead in television, or that you're well-known for portraying villainous types. It might not be all you do, but you can bring it to the foreground if you think it will help.
- Drop names (gently). Find a connection with the agent. Talk about big names you've trained with, worked under, or performed alongside. Don't brag, though, and don't inflate yourself beyond what you've actually done and whom you actually know.
- Offer a chance to observe you. If you're in an upcoming performance in the agent's area, offer them comp tickets. Invite them to come see you perform so they can decide for themselves if you really have the talent they want.
- Match the cover letter to the headshot. Make sure your cover letter, resume, and headshot are all the same size so that filing and organizing your application is easier on the agent.
Index of Cover Letter Examples