You can also have a little fun. I received one submission right before the holidays that said, “Did you see ‘Manchester by the Sea’?” When I opened it, the actor explained how moved he was by the film and how he aspired to be that good of https://www.mt-cafe.com.
The attachments should also be simple. I’ve had actors send me as many as 10 headshots. What is that about? Limit it to three. And a PDF of your résumé is fine.
As for the email itself, please don’t send me your life story. I receive gargantuan emails all the time that seem to go on forever. Trust me. You’re not that interesting. One or two paragraphs are plenty.
Mentioning a referral is always a good idea, but here’s the thing: You could be lying. I have no way of knowing. So the referral isn’t really worth much unless the person in question gets in touch with me directly.
And if you’re sending me an old-school hard-copy submission, please don’t include a flash drive with your reel on it. There’s no way in hell I’m going to plug that thing into my computer. I don’t know you, and the drive could have a worm or a virus or some other digital disease.
Yes, this is basic stuff, but you’d be surprised by how many actors get it wrong. And one more thing: Always put yourself on the receiving end and consider what kind of submission you’d like to get. That way of thinking, along with my advice, should help your submission stand out from the avalanche of need I receive on a daily basis.
If you are sending your photos by email, be sure they are not too large. 1MB per photo should be the maximum, 500 KB is better. If your photos are too large, they can take too long to download and your email could end up being deleted before your photos are reviewed.
Do not send your photos in a zip file and do not send a link to your personal website. No one wants a virus on their computer, so agents will probably not open the file or click the link.
Take the time to address each agency individually in your email or cover letter. For example, begin your letter or email with “Dear ABC Models.”
Never send out a generic mass email with the email addresses of numerous agencies listed in the “CC” section of the email. No one likes to think they weren’t your first choice and that goes double for agents. It’s also very unprofessional.