Cover letter

Acting agencies Ireland
When submitting your package to an agent, casting director or anyone else, it’s always a good idea to include a cover letter. It lets them know why you’re sending your package and it gives you a place to include anything about yourself that you wouldn’t generally include on a CV.

Much like a CV, a cover letter has differences between one you would send when applying to be a lawyer and the one you would send to find an agent.

Here are some notes when making a cover letter.

Address the letter to…

…a specific agent within the agency, or casting director. Don’t write “To whom it may concern.” That’s too impersonal. However, in the case of agents – just because you’re addressing it to one agent, doesn’t mean you need to send every agent in the agency a package. They will generally pass your package around to all the agents to see if any are interested..

Keep it short

Your letter should take less than 20 seconds to read. Agents and casting directors are extremely busy and they don’t have time to read an essay on whom you are and why you want an actor.

Recent happenings

You could include a line or two or something that has happened recently or will happen soon. Some examples would be if you recently graduated from a full time acting program; you were performing on stage in a show (preferably with good reviews); you will be performing on stage in the near future.

Contact Info

Just like your CV, you need to include at least your phone number. That could be your mobile phone or pager. You never know who may get a hold of your CV, so it’s up to your own discretion if you want to include your home phone or address. If you were to include an email address, make sure it’s clean and appropriate.

Personality

The CV has a format set up to show information in a very clean and easy to read manner. Even though a cover letter needs to be short and to the point, there’s always room to put your personality into it. A generic cover letter with the right words is good, but a cover letter with a little flare is better.

Signature

The things that don’t seem like a big deal, do count. Be sure to sign your letter. It’s the professional thing to do. In the business world, people like to know that you pay attention to detail, and that’s one of them. Another one would be…

Spelling

Always double-check your letter and CV! Spelling is very important. Once again it’s the attention to detail. Proofread anything you’re going to send out. Make sure every word and name is spelt correctly.

It’s worst when you spell the agent or agency name wrong. It happens. You want them to look at the information you’re providing them, not any spelling or grammar errors you may have. There’s no excuse for it with programs with automatic spell check. Have someone else look it over for you. That way they could catch anything that you missed.

Label Everything!

One of the most important things to do when posting your submission is making sure everything you send has your name on it. This includes the cover letter, CV, Showreel and photograph – Even if you staple the pages together. This ensures that if the pages get mixed up or lost they will at least know which picture belongs to which CV.

View Sample Cover Letter for an agent