What Actually Belongs on an Actor’s Cover Letter?

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Cover letter section: What am I supposed to write to win a chance to audition?
OK, I read the description then check to see if I fit the character’s profile, I think of myself in the third person to see if I am perfect for the role. Then I scroll down to the cover letter section and I’m stuck! 

“What do I say? What does casting really want? I think of any specialties that I have for the character’s requirements and everything they need to know is in my bio, so what should I write? I re-read the project’s and character’s description over again and try to give some insights on why I chose to apply for the role but is it enough? Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I am extremely open.” —DevonKeene

U.S. actors working in Canada?
Hi, guys!

“I’m looking to branch out into the Canadian film markets (Vancouver/Toronto) and was hoping someone had some insight on how to work there as a U.S. citizen! Thanks so much!” —serenitymoon123

Theaters accepting video submissions (currently)?
Hey, friends… Any theaters accepting video submissions right now? Any that may not have been posted on Backstage/Actors Access?” —Bwaystar171

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Casey Mink
Casey Mink is the senior staff writer at Backstage. When she's not writing about television, film, or theater, she is definitely somewhere watching it.
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