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Cover letter for acting
Your call to action in your letter to a talent agent should be different from that of a talent agent. Talent agents will want to meet you if they think they might want to represent you and send you out on auditions. They will want an interview with you before making that decision. Casting directors on the other hand, generally don't want to meet with you first before calling you in for an audition. They only want to meet you at an audition and for an audition situation. They trust that the agent that sent you, made the right decision in sending you to the audition.
It could also be that if they found you online somewhere, they called you and called you in to audition, it is because they thought you might be right for the part they are casting. Let's be honest. Neither the talent agent nor the casting director are up for a lot of useless chit chat. They are way too busy for that.
So, at the end of your cover letter to a casting director, instead of saying you will call them, because you want to come in and meet them, you could just say that you will be in touch, but then you need to stay in touch by following up. But if you really want to make an impression, you could tell them in that closing that you will see them at the next forum you know they will be at or at the next industry event you know they will be at, or just simply that they will be hearing from you in the near future.
If you say things like that though, the best thing you could possibly do is to then follow up on it and actually be there at that event and go meet them and shake their hand, give them your business card with your headshot on it or something that will make you memorable in their eyes and make reference to your mailing. You will then of course want to continue to follow up with post cards and other such meetings.
Amy Lyndon, international booking coach talks about things like this as well.
If, however, for a casting director you would like to meet, you can't find an event where they will be present, you could indicate in the closing of the letter that you will be calling their office (not necessarily to talk to them, but maybe to an assistant) to find out what industry events they will be at, because you would like to meet them and have a chance to audition for them or something of that nature. The assistant will remember you and maybe even refer that to the casting director.
Here's another additional tip to consider when writing your cover letter for acting jobs. Remember that sometimes assistants can be just as important if not more important for making sure you get called in for an audition. In New York I got called in to audition for commercials at the casting office of Liz Lewis. For those auditions I got called in by one of two associate/assistant casting directors directly. They called me and not my agent. In all the times I went in to audition there, I only met Liz once and never actually auditioned for her personally.
So, if you want to use the line "I'll call you..." in your cover letter for acting call to action, then add something to it that will let them know that it is not your intention to be bothersome, but rather to find out where you could possibly have the opportunity to meet them.
In the Acting Career Quick Start Program we cover the entire mailing process step-by-step.
On the menu here on the left, you will find more help for your cover letter for acting .
Before writing your cover letter for acting, you might want to read up on casting directors and talent agents.
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