How to Write a Cover Letter for Modeling

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Modeling application cover letters serve as an introduction to the candidate. Modeling agencies often sift through hundreds (if not thousands) of applications a week; A strong cover letter will help increase a prospective model's chances of signing with a desired agency. A cover letter should be concise and no more than one typed page. Constructing a modeling cover letter requires careful thought, industry research and introspective writing.

Introduce yourself in a professional manner. Begin the modeling cover letter by stating how you came to learn about the agency, as this is a chance to appear well-researched in the industry and serious about your modeling career. Reference your favorite models signed with the agency.

Include all contact information. Modeling agency candidates should provide their full name, postal address, home and mobile telephone numbers, email address and personal website (if applicable) on their cover letter.

Highlight your modeling experience. Briefly share a glimpse of what is provided in the resume, such as modeling experience in runway shows, television commercials or print media. This may include a quick, written snapshot of working with a beloved photographer or sharing about an adventurous modeling shoot off the island of Oahu. Additionally, provide the names of companies and/or magazines that have used your modeling services in the past (for example: Doritos, The Home Depot or Elle Magazine).

Emphasize understanding of the modeling industry. Modeling agencies are looking for experienced professionals, and a cover letter reflects credibility. Apply only to agencies that look for your type of look-- for example, runway modeling has specific height and weight standards, as opposed to catalog modeling. Study the modeling industry to determine the right path for you.

Briefly share additional key points. A model looking to sign with a professional agency should carefully share her unique qualities to stand out from the competition, such as her academic success and key skills (such as singing, horseback riding or language abilities). Also, include any specific training (such as acting) that may boost your application.

State modeling goals. While few models actually develop their careers into superstardom, sharing your goals will communicate to a modeling agency that you are serious about breaking into the business. For example, state your interest in fitness and swimsuit modeling and your dedication to maintaining an optimum physique. You could also reveal that you often receive compliments on your straight, beautiful teeth, and you are interested in modeling specific body parts.

Follow all modeling agency application guidelines. In addition to a perfectly-executed cover letter, many modeling agencies require a resume, a headshot or composite card and professional references. Include appropriate body measurements, if not provided in your resume. Reference the agency's guidelines on their website and follow all application instructions.

Tip

Develop thick skin, as rejection is common in the modeling industry. Stay positive! Apply via email only if the agency approves this method. Always follow appropriate grammar, mechanics and punctuation. Spell check the document several times before sending.

Warning

Do not call and harrass the agency; if an agent is interested, she will call you. Be aware of modeling agency scams.

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