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My First Video Cover Letter! (aka Getting out of your comfort zone.)

March 18, 2014

One of my goals this year was to take bigger risks creatively.  A mini goal within that – create Video Cover Letters, or VCLs at Dallas Travers calls them.  A quick authentic video to introduce yourself to a casting director or producer.  It sounded like a cool, new take on a traditional cover letter and also a little scary…so I knew I had to do it!  We are already approaching the end of the first quarter of 2014…… and no VCLs so far…

However I was on Twitter a couple of days ago, and I came across a series of auditions for The Reel Deal – a new multi platform, celebrity lead, short film competition – a kind of American Idol for short film.  My first thought – I would never do a reality show.  But ironically the first round of auditions was a 90sec VCL – who are you? where are you from? why should you be picked?  It seemed like a sign – what better practice? And really, being flown out to LA for a week to make a movie – sounds awesome! My brain then came up with a hundred reasons NOT to do it – I have no time to do this,  the deadline is in 4 days, I don’t own a video camera, how can I do something super creative if I don’t know how to edit etc.  But I did it anyway.  I went simple, used the camera on my computer and did 5 takes.  I chose the 5th take.  Let me know what you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Are you going to try a VCL?

Talk soon

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Adryenn Ashley permalink
    March 18, 2014 11:49 am

    I think you did great! And exactly what the assignment was! That’s the trick with these VCLs. Follow the rules AND show your personality. Great job!

    • Sarah Louise Lilley permalink
      March 18, 2014 7:40 pm

      Ah Thanks so much Adryenn! Especially coming from you, that means a lot!


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