help me avoid cover letter pitfalls
August 30, 2013 2:37 PM Subscribe
I'm writing a cover letter applying to film casting internships in NYC. When I explain why I want to work for specific companies how do I avoid sounding fanboyish? Also how do I broach the subject of my age?
posted by timsneezed to work & money (7 answers total)
I've targeted a few casting companies that I think fit my sensibility.
I feel that I should include something in my cover letter about why I want to work for these specific companies. I was thinking of including a few sentences about what appealed to me about their work but a friend of mine (who doesn't work in casting) advised me not to because he said it would sound too "fanboyish" or eager. Is this good advice?
Here's what I have now in reference to one company:
"I’d like to intern with (------ company) because I've noticed that many of the projects cast through your company contain actors with qualities I respond to. For example, in ------ and --------, even the supporting and minor roles are filled with actors who emote without needing words, which to me made the worlds they inhabited feel real."
Finally, my age is another sticky issue. I just turned 30 and finally graduated from college a year ago. My graduation was delayed because I took several years off from college due to depression and financial concerns. I ended up spending those years working at temp jobs and taking night classes figuring out what I wanted to do.
After I graduated last year I interned for 6 months at a Boston casting company and they wrote me a fabulous letter of recommendation, so that's good but I'm obviously starting out later than most interns. Right now I'm supporting myself as a barista/supervisor at cafe, saving up money to move to NY.
How can I explain this in the best way?