The acting industry is considered to be quite creative and taking the time to be creative, and even at times, off beat resume and a cover letter can be a good way to get noticed among a crowd of many.
The applicant in the sample actors cover letter below has utilized this opportunity to do just that.
He begins the cover letter with an interesting reference to destiny. As most cover letters begin with an introduction to how the applicant learned of the position this is a good way to get the employer’s attention.
After the unique opening, the applicant then goes on to mention how he learned of the open position.
If you have learned of the position through a mutual acquaintance, do not hesitate to state this in the cover letter. This can be a good way to get an interview.
Sample Actors Cover Letter
42nd & Broadway
New York, NY 55555
October 22, 2007
Mr. Richard Gentry
Human Resource Manager
23 Cove Road
Poconos, PA 55555
Dear Mr. Gentry:
I absolutely believe in destiny.
Sandra Simmons and I were speaking on the phone last week. She told me that she had a friend from college who was opening a new repertory theatre in the Poconos and thought I would be perfect for the job with my diverse background in all areas of the theatre.
We finished our conversation, and I was taking a sip from my cup of coffee….You could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw your ad in last week’s Variety for a summer rep theater director just five minutes after we had gotten off the phone.
When could we speak to discuss our mutual friend and this summer rep director position?
The applicant in the above sample actors cover letter concludes the letter by asking for an interview. When you are applying for a position that is likely to draw interest from numerous candidates, it’s always a good idea to utilize every available technique to garner the employer’s interest.
The final statement in the sample actors cover letter above does this very well by reiterating his mutual acquaintance with a friend of the employer and asking for a time to meet with and interview for the position.
It usually helps to mention a mutual acquaintance in your cover letter. This is especially true in the case of the acting profession.
However, be careful to only mention it once and do not make it the focus of your letter. Remember to let the acquaintance know that you are mentioning them in your letter.