An Introductory Correspondence

by Donna Ricci
February 16, 2008

I recently posted a casting call asking for Wicked Talent model profile numbers only to be appauled at how many responses I got that only read "#123".

Would you really just walk up to a casting director and plop your portfolio down without so much as a "Hello" or "Thank you for taking the time to review my work?". It would be considered both impersonal and rude, even if you were friends. Even a "Hi, here's my portfolio and thank you" is worlds softer than basic information which can make you seem aloof and disinterested.

I realize that in the era of leaving tags in someone's profile that says "You have great work" to mean that you wish to work with someone, it may elude many models as to how to initiate conversation to get work.

I have a created a sample letter to assist you in politely and professionally introduce yourself and your work while showing interest in mutual work.

Dear Kat Tessier,

Hello to you on this wonderful morning. I viewed your online portfolio at Wicked Talent.com and truly liked what I saw in your work. I am a model also in the Los Angeles area and am very interested in a mutual collaboration. Though my primary focus is fashion, I am a capable model who can easily transfer outside this realm to your particular artistic style.

I hope that you will consider me for current and future projects and thank you so much for your time. You can view my work at http://www.wickedtalent.com/member.php?id=1

and can reach me via email at donna(@)wickedtalent.com

Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you,
-Donna Ricci


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