Monday, 7 June 2010

Give Me Something To Work With!

To the people at Blah Blah productions,

I would like to apply for the role of blah blah. The premise of blah blah is really intriguing and I would love the chance to be a part of it. I believe I would bring a good energy to the role blah blah blah blah blllaaaaaaaaahhhhh....

In case you couldn't tell, covering letters annoy me slightly. Not all of them. Some casting breakdowns will give you loads of information about the production and the character so you can pick out certain points and relate them to yourself and your past professional/life experiences. Maybe even drop in an amusing anecdote if it's appropriate and sit back feeling very smug and pleased with yourself.

I'm talking more about the ones who are looking for "actor any gender any age any ethnicity I don't really care as long as you are a human person and even then I'm not fussy and then when you make the effort to come in for the audition I will decide that you are not what I was looking for and reject you and wonder to myself why you even bothered to apply because I clearly have no idea what I'm doing." You know the ones.

What, pray tell, are we supposed to write in these instances? How are we supposed to make ourselves stand out? What can we use to show them that we are perfect for the role? Nothing, that's what. So it's over to old copy & paste to fill the box with a generic message that will no doubt prompt our good friend "Application Not Taken Forward" to rear it's ugly head.

So, to the people that put no effort into their casting breakdowns and expect maximum effort from us in return... damn you I say. Damn you.

Americano With Soy

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