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Tony
Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
Amada, aspiring actress, Sydney, Australia

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Hi Tony!
Most people don’t even take the time to tell a person how to reach their goal. I want to thank you for everything and for responding to my messages. Sometimes I just test people to see if they really care about my career and you do. You can continue to send me some tips on how I can accomplish my goals, because you inspire me a lot. Thank you for caring.
Jeffrey, Dallas, TX

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Hi Tony!
Just wanted to say that this site is FANTASTIC! It's helped me quite a bit and it's now my #1 bookmarked item, which means I'm going to be visiting here regularly :) Thanks again,
Rob, aspiring actor, Canada

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Hi!
I absolutely love your site - it's SOOOO helpful and very impressive!
I am a frequent visitor and have signed up for the newsletter, plus I think it's so good I have recommended it to all my acting friends! Thank you for creating such a wonderful website!
Mischa, UK

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Wow Tony! I would just like to comment on how much you have affected my life.
First of all, any questions I have are answered extremely fast, and not only that, you give me a very helpful answer every time. Also, by reading your newsletters, I obtain just the right information that I need to succeed in the acting business. I am so happy I discovered your site, and I hope you know how much we actors appreciate you. Thanks again, and I can't wait to read your next newsletter!
Laura Doukas, Actress

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Tony,
I did what you said and…I got two interviews with two agents! Thank you! Sorry but can I ask you…how do I prepare to go meet the agent? What do I have to do?
Marsha P., New York, NY, USA

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This site has taught me a lot that I needed to know without dragging me all over the place.
Lauren, actress, Atlanta, GA

Acting Cover Letter

An acting cover letteris a letter that you send together with your actor headshot and professional actor resume to industry professionals you want to contact you such as talent agents, casting directors, directors, etc. It is a brief presentation of you and should clearly state the reason why you are sending them your headshot and resume and what it is you want from them It also gives the recipient a first impression of who you are and what you are all about as a person.

It shows them also how you communicate, if you have a clear idea of what you want, if you have taken the time to find out to whom you are writing and if you know how to clearly state what you want in a brief and concise message or if you are just another aspiring actor with starry eyes and a big dream of becoming famous. If the latter is the case, they will see it right away with their expertly trained eyes and you will have virtually no chance of getting seen or called in. What's worse, you could burn yourself and your chances for future meetings with that particular acting industry professional. You also have to think that people talk. Acting industry professionals are real people, who have a need, just like you to share funny stories and gossip. If you give them "material", they will talk about you too! So be careful and be on your best and most professional behavior even when writing your cover letter!

Here are some quick tips about the acting cover letter:

  • make it short, sweet and to the point,
  • tell them what they want to hear and not what you want to tell them. In order to tell them what they want to hear, you must KNOW what they want to hear. In other words tell them what's in it for them if they call you in to audition (in the case of a casting director) or for an interview (in the case of a talent agent),
  • make it a standout acting cover letter. In other words, don't tell them silly things like "I just need a chance" or "I'm desparately looking for a talent agent to represent me" or "I don't have much (or any) experience acting, but I know I can do it". Writing things like that will most certainly get your acting cover letter thrown in the trash. Make it a cover letter that is unique to you.
  • make sure there is a call-to-action. You send out the cover letter for a reason, you want someone to call you. If you send it and end it by just saying, "Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon"., that's not a call-to-action. In my example, you will see what I mean: For 10 more tips and pieces of advice on how to write a cover letter, have a look at this page:The Acting Cover Letter

Here is one last page that might be helpful. On it you will find a 13-part interview that I did with my talent agent from New York. I think you should read it. You will see those 13 parts identified with NEW! and you will find it here on this page: Expert Advice.

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