COVER LETTER ADVICE:

  • Check your cover letter is addressed to the right person/studio – if not, it shows a lack of attention to detail.
  • Don’t send in boring template cover letters.
  • Explain what excites and inspires you about X studio, grab the reader with something personal and different.
  • Do not start any letter with… “I have wanted to work in animation since I was a little…”
  • Today, your cover letter tends to be an email. Have a formal copy of both email and letter. Examples follow, below.
  • Save the letter as a .pdf to ensure formatting stays consistent if you are uploading to a website.
  • ALWAYS use a name for your greeting.  NEVER use “To Whom it May Concern.”
  • The introduction is the first paragraph – who you are and what you want.
  • Career Experience, Goals and Interests is the second paragraph – qualifications.
  • Thank you’s  is the third paragraph – “I look forward to hearing from you,” etc.
  • You should have a .png with alpha channel and a .svg file of your signature ready to sign letters and other documents digitally.
  • Do not send any documents not requested.  If the studio does not ask for a cover letter, do not send one. If you send one it is frustrating to the HR people to have to handle more documents than requested.
  • If you already have your name, email, and contact information in your letter head (which you should) and/or in your email signature???? You do not have to add it to your signature again.
  • Remember, explain how are you a good fit for their team.
  • Research the company and their work before you write the letter.
  • Do not use flowery language, keep it simple.
  • Don’t start every sentence with “I.” Change things up.
  • If you can check it with the Grammarly tool, I highly encourage it.

COVER LETTER FORMAT: Sample Cover Letters


Sample Letter #1 – Formal letter

Date

Your name

Your Street

Your City, Zip

ATTN: Name of Person & Title

Department

DreamWorks Studios

1000 Flower St,

Glendale, CA 91201

Dear Name of Person,

My name is Your Name, and I am a third-year undergraduate student at the Name of School majoring in Animation and Digital Arts. I am interested in applying for the internship position as a Specific Title from Internship/Job Posting. My career goal is to work in CG Character Animation and Visual Effects. I hope this internship will guide me closer to reaching my goal.What interests me the most about DreamWorks is the creative use of style. I have a passion for entertainment and am motivated by an audience’s positive reactions whether it be TV or film and I hope to be a part of a community in which creativity is carefully planned and brilliantly practiced.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Signature

Your Name

Your Address

Your Phone Number

Your Email


Sample Letter #2 – Informal Email

  1. If you are applying to a studio online and they request a cover letter as part of the formal submission, create a .pdf of the above letter format and upload it.
  2. If a studio doesn’t ask for a formal cover letter and you are uploading your reel/portfolio and resume to them digitally through a website, do not send a letter.
  3. If a studio requests the reel/portfolio and resume be sent through email, you should create a cover letter for the email these will be attached to with the format below.  This email is more informal and brief.

Dear Name of Person,

As an animation major and communication design minor, my designs tell stories of movement and creativity. That’s why I think I’d be a perfect new hire for your company.

As the creative lead at the Technical Services and Operations department of (Name of A Big Studio), I worked with the director (Director’s Name)  to conceptualize ways to promote his project. Currently, while balancing classes and my senior thesis, I am also working with the Name of a Non-Profit, a non-profit organization, to design an interactive billboard to promote its message of how neither food nor people should go to waste. I am ready to work even harder to accomplish my goals of breaking into the animation industry. The empowering opportunities and experiences that this internship offers are exhilarating and tremendously valuable to me. I will do whatever I can to become an instrumental part of the team.

I want to thank you in advance for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Your Address

Your Phone Number

Your Email