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Monday, January 7, 2008

Submitted Question: Cover Letters

J.L. writes:

Here is a cover letter I would like to send to a modeling agency. Can you give me from feedback?

TAE responds:

Thanks for passing on your cover letter. What you have written will certainly do the trick, but to make it stand out even more I would avoid simply re-writing what they can find on your resume and instead write about more personal things, like:

• Why do you want to be a model for them? What excites you about the prospect of being signed with them?

• What modeling experience have you had in the past, and how did you feel about it? What makes you want to continue to pursue it?

• Do they have a website with their model's photos? If so, you can take a look and see if they have people that look like you. Or, if there is no one that looks like you, even better. In your letter you can tell them that you looked at their website and it seems like you would be a perfect fit for them because a) they seem to represent models of your type, or b) it seems like they do not yet have anyone of your type. Either way, the research will impress them.

I would also suggest that you do a bit of research to find the name of one of the agents at Flaunt so that it can be personally addressed. You definitely want to keep the letter short, like you already have it, but infusing it with your personality and passions will go much further than just mentioning your credits.

I hope this helps- good luck with the mailings!

Erin Cronican
The Actors' Enterprise

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