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12 Steps to Writing Good Actor Cover Letters to Talent Agents

Cover letters are a common part of any kind of career. Learn  how to write an effective actor cover letter to a talent agent. This skill will cross over and be applied to any and every industry you choose. The basics strengths that make a cover letter stand out are universal and may not be covered in your acting classes for kids or teens. Get that talent agent’s attention and interest with these 12 simple steps (and see sample letters below).

1. Focus Your Resources

You probably know a mass mailing when you get one. So do talent agents. Rather than blanket Los Angeles with cover letters, focus your resources on well-placed, well-written cover letters to a few targeted talent agents. I still think sending by P.O. mail is a great method, unless the agency will only accept online submissions. People in general WANT to open their mail, agents are no exception.

2. Look Professional

Your cover letter’s content should be the most interesting thing about it. Use business letter format, white paper, black ink, and use generous margins and ONE easy to read 12pt font. Best fonts for cover letters and resumes are listed here

3. Less is More

Fit your letter on ONE standard letter page (8.5 x 11).  And smaller paper can be even better! Smaller notes seems more personal and looks quicker to get through.  Also, if your head shot is the biggest item in your mailer, which attracts attention and helps keep the edges of your letter crisp and flat.  Remember, time is precious.  Your cover letter’s best chance of being read by any agent is if it looks like a fast read.

4. Follow Submission Rules Exactly

If you’ve been asked to submit to a talent agent in a specific way, follow the specifics to the letter. If submitting online or by e-mail, keep your presentation professional. Make sure any links your include work perfectly and include cut-and-paste urls, just in case.

5. Target your letter

Learn about the agent you’re sending to and use specific details that will distinguish you and your letter as something special. Address the letter to the talent agent by name, and keep your tone professional. Use the talent agent’s surname with Mr. or Ms. Let the agent be the one to relax formalities and say, “call me Sam.”

6. Follow Up on Meetings

An effective cover letter often follows up on an event the agent recently attended or a meeting. Maybe you met a talent agent (or manager or casting director) at a screening, a showcase, a speaking event, a film festival, a party or some other casual public setting. Maybe you met at an actor or talent showcase, an acting class or acting school in Los Angeles.  Nurture that new contact with a targeted cover letter. Mention how and where you met or briefly reference the event.

7. Include Your Acting Essentials

Be sure to include with your cover letter the basics you’d want any talent agent, manager or casting director to have about you. Send or submit online your current head-shot (with resumé stapled back-to-back). Make sure all the contact information you send, including any website urls and credits, are accurate and up to the minute current. Add IMBD if you have credits to share.

8. Open Strong

The opening of any letter is a greeting. Remind the talent agent where and how your paths crossed. Be friendly and specific: “It was lovely speaking with you at the DGA screening of…”

9. Show You’re Serious

Talent agents are serious about their careers and their time. Show that you’re invested in your career. Tell the agent about your training highlights, like where you went to school, trained, or what you’re currently doing to advance your acting goals (whose class you’re currently taking). Stay brief. Your resume will do the heavy lifting on this topic.

10. Toot Your Horn

Talent agents want to represent actors who are in demand. Tell them about a recent booking you did.  Invite them to see you in an upcoming performance or show (pre-arrange tickets for them if appropriate). You want to show them you there is money to be made for both of you, that representing you will pay off.

11. Close Strong

Refer them to your headshot (and any other enclosed materials). State your interest in speaking with them and invite them to contact you.   Sign your letter (following Sincerely, Sincerely yours, or another professional salutation). Signing with blue ink helps distinguish your letter from mass mailings, and using a ball point pen will leave a signature indentation that says “signed by hand” and not “printed in color.”

12. Move On

Cover letters are like auditions, and completing one means looking ahead to your next step. Once you’ve posted or delivered your materials, move on.  Successful actors keep moving. Good actor cover letters to talent agents will help you one day take those steps as a represented actor.

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How to Write an Amazing Actor Cover Letter

You have broken the bank on your headshots and reel footage, your resume is fully revamped, and your website looks pretty dazzling if you do say so yourself. Now it seems there’s another marketing tool you have to add to the business folder in your acting kit: a cover letter. What in the name of Meryl Streep is that?

While it may seem like another sigh-inducing chore to lump on your brimming plate, a cover letter is actually an actor’s ally. Sending one to an agent or casting director gives you an extra chance to exhibit not only your talent, but your personality. Read on to find out how you can write an amazing one that showcases the star you are!

What Is an Acting Cover Letter?

Essentially an acting cover letter is like any other cover letter. It’s a complimentary document to your regular job submission that briefly expands on who you are, relevant projects you’ve done and, ultimately, exemplifies why you’re the best fit out there. When written correctly, it will at the very least be the jumping point for building a stronger business relationship. 

When Do I Need a Cover Letter?

Acting cover letters are used on several occasions, including, but not limited to these three:

  • When seeking representation. Cover letters are typically required when an actor submits to be represented by an agent or manager. Nowadays, the cover letter can be akin to the email you send in introducing yourself. Generally the goal is to try and book a meeting.
  • When submitting for acting jobs. Mini cover letters are employed when actors submit for jobs. While you don’t always need to have one, writing a paragraph that introduces yourself and why you’re the best for the gig will only give you a leg up. Most major actor submission sites like Actors Access and Casting Networks have a submission notes section where you can do this. These should be kept as short as possible.
  • When applying for acting schools. While actors aren’t always applying to institutions, many of them require some sort of letter to get in. Though the goal is different, the content is generally the same.

Are There Industry Standards with Length Etc.?

Like everything else in the entertainment industry, a cover letter is subjective. Some recipients may prefer professional writing, while you may stand out to others by leaning into a quirkier or more personal style. However, across the board there’s one requirement that’s clear: brevity.

  • Approximate Length: One page. Do your best to stay under 400 words. The shorter the letter appears at first glance to the recipient – who know doubt receives countless submissions a day – the more likely they will read it. However, for those actor submission notes we discussed prior, you’ll want to keep it under a paragraph.
  • 3 Standards to Include: 1. An introduction paragraph. 2. Your relevant experience. 3. An action-provoking conclusion.
  • Tips for Digital Cover Letters: Though you always want to send your photos and resume, a little tip is to avoid sending large files. If you send extremely high quality headshots as an attachment you run the risk of getting sent to spam.

Now, How Do I Actually Write a Cover Letter That Stands Out?

To be an actor is to be an auditioner. Acting is a rare profession in that it puts a small percentage of talent through a revolving door of interviews. In an industry brimming with vying hopefuls, it’s a privilege for actors to even be called in for auditions. A cover letter increases your chances.

5 Steps to Drafting Your Dream Cover Letter

#1 address a specific recipient.

You always want to address a specific person. Using “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Team” is a one way ticket to the slosh pile. Addressing a specific person increases your chances of getting read.

While we’re literally on the subject , do your research and cater the entire letter to that specific person. You can of course have your general cover letter ready to go, but it should always be tweaked to better intrigue your reader.

#2 Introduce yourself and your goal

Briefly state who you are and your intention for the letter whether it’s to gain representation or to play a specific role. If the person you’re addressing is highly regarded or you’ve recently admired their work, include that here. A little flattery never hurts – just don’t overdo it. You never want to seem desperate.

“I’m Robert Peterpaul, a quirky performer reaching out to be considered for Seymour in your upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors .”

You can also include a personal connection here. For instance, if you’ve been referred by someone or have a special connection to the company or the project.

#3 Expand on your relevant experience

After the intro paragraph, start the next one by hooking the reader into your acting journey. The goal is to entice them to learn more about you and why you’re the one for the gig!

“I was fortunate to recently star in another Alan Menken show…” (connects to your experience)

Go on to elaborate about your background and any relevant experience you may have had. For example: If you’re auditioning for a comedy and have trained in improv or other comedic stylings, include that here. You’ll also want to include some of your most notable credits. If you’re sending this in the body of the email, you can even feel free to link to relevant footage! Do your best to show the recipient you are experienced.

If you don’t have much professional experience yet, that’s ok! Tap into your life experience. Speak from the heart and discuss why this specific part or agency or school speaks to you. Continuing on the Little Shop of Horrors train: perhaps your family owns a florist shop and you’ve dabbled in exotic plants. Flaunt the things that are uniquely you. 

#4 Hit it home with an action-provoking conclusion

Your final paragraph should wrap things up in a graceful bow. Reiterate your goal in a fresh way and guide the reader to next look at your materials. Think of this portion of the cover letter like the small blurb on the back of the book. We want them to go and read the book!

“Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. I’ve included my headshots, resume and a link to my website if you’d like to learn more. I look forward to hearing back from you soon!”

#5 The sign-off

Always include a professional signature that has your titles and website underneath. When you send a cover letter in the body of an email, always link to your website. Some actors also prefer to put an inspiring quote beneath their signature. This isn’t necessary, but is another way for you to personalize the whole thing.

Best always, ROBERT PETERPAUL Actor / Singer / Writer


As with all of your marketing materials, you want to lead with the best version of yourself. The upside of a cover letter is that it’s quite possibly the easiest material to change, so let it evolve as you grow as both a performer and a person. In the end, if you lead with authenticity, you can’t go wrong.

An exercise to try out before sending the letter: read it through as if you are the recipient. Would you want to work with this person if you received the letter? If it seems both professional and interesting to you, you’re ready to go!

About the Author

Robert Peterpaul

A writer and actor, who can be seen in James Franco’s film “King Cobra,” T-Mobile ad campaigns, and Amazon Prime's “New Dogs, Old Tricks.” Other career highlights include: working on NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and “America’s Got Talent,” “BUILD Series,” writing for the Huffington Post, and his family’s nonprofit the Thomas Peterpaul Foundation, which aims to end pediatric cancer.

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Actor Cover Letter Example (w/ Templates & Tips for 2024)

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Whether it’s on the stage or in front of the camera, the spotlight is where you feel at home.

You’re an actor who can breathe life into any character and learn the most complicated lines.

But when it comes to writing your cover letter, even the most seasoned actors can feel like they’re performing in a language they don’t speak.

Try as you might, your acting skills and know-how just don’t translate well onto the page.

Don’t worry. We’re here to give you the script to success.

In this article, we’re going to cover:

  • The Anatomy of a Winning Actor's Cover Letter
  • 5 Steps to Writing an Award-Winning Actor Cover Letter
  • 3 Essential Cover Letter Tips for Actors

Ready to break a leg? Let's get started! 

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Actor Cover Letter Example

5 Steps for the Perfect Actor Cover Letter

Now that you've seen what a great actor cover letter looks like, it’s time to write your own .

You just need to follow a few simple steps:

#1. Put Contact Information in the Header

Let’s start your actor cover letter from the top, the same way we would start your resume . Your cover letter’s header is where you should include your contact details.

Here's what this section needs:

  • First and Last Name. Make sure your full name shines at the top.
  • Professional Title. Match this with the specific job you’re after, whether it’s “theater camp counselor” or “background actor”.
  • Email Address. Keep it professional by using a combo of your full name. Quirky high school emails won't cut it. (e.g.: [email protected] is okay but [email protected] is not.)
  • Phone Number. Make sure it's accurate so that directors can reach you easily.
  • Location. Usually, your city and state/country are enough. But if you're open to relocating, mention it in your cover letter and resume.
  • Relevant Links (optional). Share any relevant links, such as performances or social media profiles that showcase your talent.

Now, let's talk about the hiring manager’s contact information :

  • Company Name. Mention the production company you're applying to.
  • Casting Director's Name. If you can find it, great! Check the audition notice, the production company’s website, or their relevant social media.
  • Location. City and state/country details are crucial, especially for international productions.
  • Email Address (optional). If you've got it, include it.
  • Date of Writing (optional). Adding the date you penned your letter gives it a nice, professional touch.

#2. Address the Hiring Manager

Once you've sorted out the contact details, it's time to address your actor cover letter properly. No more of that generic "To Whom It May Concern."

A personalized greeting makes a much better impression—if you do it right.

So, let's start with some research. Check the casting call, the production company's website, or their social media profiles to identify the hiring manager. Find their name and, if possible, their email address.

Once you do, address them professionally. You can use “Ms.” or “Mr.”, followed by their last name. But if you're unsure about their gender or marital status, simply use their full name. For example:

  • Dear Mr. Rodriguez
  • Dear Alex Rodriguez

And if you can't unearth any information about the hiring manager, just address your letter to the establishment or production company as a whole:

  • Dear Casting Director
  • Dear Casting Team
  • Dear Company X

#3. Write an Eye-Catching Opening Statement

Hiring managers rarely take more than a few seconds to decide if a candidate is worth reading into.

So, you need to make your actor cover letter stand out from the rest at a single glance. This is where your cover letter’s opening paragraph comes into play.

Start your actor cover letter by introducing yourself and why you’re interested in the role you’re applying for. Expressing your passion for the industry and the specific production is always a great way to lead.

Before writing your actor cover letter, you should always research the production you want to be a part of. The more you learn about your potential employer, the better you can emphasize your compatibility with their artistic vision. This signals to the hiring manager that you're not just casting a wide net for any role out there—you genuinely want this particular role.

Your noteworthy achievements or acting skills are a great way to stand out from other applicants with similar backgrounds. Just briefly mention something that’s aligned with the requirements for the role. For example, if they’re looking for someone to take the starring role in a comedy play, mention the relevant acting techniques that would help you excel at the role. 

But make sure you don’t go into too much detail here. Your opening paragraph should be a trailer for the rest of your actor cover letter. The objective here is to spark the hiring manager's curiosity and motivate them to dive deeper into your story.

#4. Use the Cover Letter Body for the Details

After you’ve caught the hiring manager’s attention, it’s time to deliver your best performance.

The body of your cover letter should delve into the details of what makes you a great choice for the role you’re after. But be careful not to make the common mistake of just repeating your resume .

This section of your actor cover letter is meant to showcase your professional talents and qualifications in a way that leaves a lasting impression. Shine the spotlight on any significant achievements in the acting field and use the casting call for inspiration.

Tailoring your cover letter to the requirements behind the ad is crucial. Read the casting call carefully and emphasize skills and experiences that align with the production's needs. For instance, if you're vying for an athletic character in an action-packed production, highlight your experience with stunt work and your other physical skills rather than your improv talents.

And remember to let your enthusiasm shine through your words. Convey your genuine excitement for the role and your unwavering confidence in your ability to contribute to the production with your unique acting skills and experience.

If you want even more inspiration, check out more cover letter examples in this article.

#5. Wrap It Up and Sign It

Ending your cover letter is like taking a final bow on the stage. This is your moment to make a lasting impression on the hiring manager who just read your actor cover letter.

Knowing how to wrap up your cover letter shouldn’t be underestimated. First, write a conclusion that briefly summarizes why you’re the ideal fit for the role. Highlight those unique talents that set you apart from the rest of the candidates and express your confidence that you can contribute to the production.

After summing up your strengths, it's time to give them a cue for the next act—include a call to action. Invite the hiring manager to engage further with your application, whether it's for an audition or a discussion about your potential role.

Lastly, it’s time for your curtain call. Choose an appropriate closing statement and follow it with your full name. Like so:

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me via the provided email or phone number to discuss my application further. I eagerly await the opportunity to delve deeper into how I can contribute to your production.

Best wishes,

And if you're looking for an alternative to "Best wishes," here are a few other lines to consider:

  • Warm regards,
  • Respectfully yours,
  • Thank you for your consideration,

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3 Essential Acting Cover Letter Tips

Now that you've got the gist of writing your actor cover letter down, it’s time to give it a final polish.

Just follow these cover letter tips to up your game:

#1. Match Your Resume

Giving your acting application a polished look can give you an edge.

Just matching your resume with your cover letter can present you as an organized and diligent candidate.

Align your text and contact information neatly on the page, maintain consistent font styles and sizes throughout your entire application, and set the page margins to the standard one inch on all sides. While you’re at it, remember to adjust the line spacing to keep your cover letter under one page long.

Or Use A Cover Letter Template Instead

Need a quicker solution?

Try our free resume builder and pair it with one of our cover letter templates .

Developed with input from hiring experts worldwide, each of our templates ensures that your actor cover letter meets industry standards and looks stylish. Your application will be ready in no time!

#2. Add Any Relevant Links

Your actor cover letter should match your resume’s contact information precisely.

So, if you added any relevant links to one, make sure the other has them too. Specifically, when it comes to listing personal websites, acting portfolios, or videos of your performances, casting directors appreciate it.

Adding useful links to your cover letter gives them quick and easy access to your past performances, instead of making them dig back to your resume to find a link. This extra touch of accessibility and professionalism can leave a lasting impression and increase your odds of getting calls from potential casting agencies or directors.

#3. Proofread The Final Draft

You can have an amazing actor cover letter and still get rejected because of one tiny mistake that has huge consequences.

And that mistake is not proofreading your cover letter before sending it. In fact, nearly 79% of hiring managers will outright reject an applicant because of typos or grammar mistakes. That’s a huge risk to take just because you’re too lazy to proofread.

Read your cover letter carefully and keep an eye out for any mistakes. Then try using a spellchecking tool like QuillBot . Run the text of your cover letter through it several times, then check it one more time yourself.

Don’t risk letting a typo ruin your chances of getting a call when you’ve worked so hard to finish your cover letter.

Key Takeaways

And you're ready to write that stellar actor cover letter!

We’re sure you’re all set to land the starring role you’ve got your heart set on.

But before you step into the spotlight, let's recap some highlights from our guide:

  • Your actor cover letter should mirror the look of your resume to project professionalism. Just use our online resume builder and grab a matching cover letter template to craft yours.
  • Make sure your contact information is accurate and professional. Avoid using any outdated or playful email addresses that might make you look immature.
  • Use the body of your cover letter to weave in any skills, training, or experiences that are relevant to the specific role or production company you're applying for. This way, you can paint yourself as the perfect candidate for the job.
  • End your cover letter with a heartfelt sign-off, including your full name at the bottom. It's the final touch that delivers a memorable application.

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Crafting a Compelling Cover Letter for Actors: 10 Essential Tips

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Crafting a Compelling Cover Letter for Actors:

10 Essential Cover Letter Tips

(By Jim Webb)

Securing the right talent agent can be a pivotal step in an actor’s career. A well-crafted cover letter serves as your introduction, providing a glimpse into your talents and potential. Here are ten crucial tips to help actors pen a cover letter that captures the attention of talent agents.

**1. **Engaging Introduction:**

Begin your cover letter with a captivating introduction. Clearly state your name, and offer a brief insight into your background and passion for acting. Make those initial sentences compelling to encourage the agent to read on.

**2. **Showcase Your Achievements:**

Provide a snapshot of your acting journey. Highlight significant roles, training, and any awards or recognitions you’ve received. Create a mini “highlight reel” within your cover letter to immediately grab the agent’s attention.

**3. **Personalize Your Approach:**

Tailor each cover letter to the specific talent agent you are addressing. Research their client roster and previous successes, and explain why you believe their agency is the perfect fit for your career aspirations.

**4. **Express Genuine Passion:**

Agents are drawn to actors who exude genuine passion for their craft. Express your love for acting and the entertainment industry. Conveying authenticity in your words can set you apart from others.

**5. **Identify Unique Selling Points:**

What makes you stand out? Whether it’s a special skill, a unique perspective, or a particular experience, identify and emphasize these points to showcase why you are a valuable addition to the agent’s roster.

**6. **Maintain Professionalism:**

While it’s essential to convey enthusiasm, maintain a professional tone throughout your cover letter. Avoid being overly casual or informal. Treat the letter as a formal introduction to a potential business partnership.

**7. **Clearly Define Goals:**

Articulate your short-term and long-term career goals. Agents appreciate actors with a clear vision for their future. This helps them understand how they can contribute to your success and career development.

**8. **Highlight Industry Connections:**

If you have any industry connections or experiences that demonstrate your networking abilities, mention them. Agents often value actors who can bring diverse connections and opportunities to the table.

**9. **End with a Call to Action:**

Conclude your cover letter with a strong call to action. Express your eagerness to discuss representation further and provide your contact information. Make it easy for agents to reach out and initiate a conversation.

**10. **Polished Presentation:**

Finally, ensure that your cover letter is impeccably written and error-free. A polished presentation reflects your commitment to professionalism. Take the time to review and edit your letter before sending it out.

A well-crafted cover letter can be the key to unlocking doors to representation. By following these ten tips, actors can increase their chances of making a lasting impression on talent agents and securing the opportunities they aspire to achieve in their acting careers.

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Writing a polished "cover letter" to either introduce yourself to or to follow up with a talent agent is important when requesting a meeting to discuss representation.  A "cover letter" is a way to introduce yourself, introduce your "product" (yourself) and request a meeting with a prospective talent agent.  A cover letter may be submitted via email or by post.  Here are 4 tips to follow when writing a cover letter to a talent agent!  

1)  Keep Your Cover Letter Short and to the Point

A cover letter should be fairly short in length.  It isn't necessary to write a long essay to a potential talent representative.  Writing a short paragraph or two is usually sufficient!  

Your cover letter will need to include a few sentences which tell a prospective agent a little bit about yourself and what you are seeking.  For example, how long have you been an actor, and what type of representation are you looking for?  Are you submitting to an agency for theatrical representation, commercial representation, print representation or all three?  And in which city are you seeking to work?  Be sure that you clearly state what you're looking for.  

Without going into extreme detail, point out some of the work that you have accomplished so far in your acting career, such as briefly mentioning any roles that you have booked, projects that you have worked on in the past, or projects that you're currently working on.  (This includes mentioning projects that you're working on independently, like creating a "YouTube" channel or series, for example!)    

2)  Always Be Honest!  

This should go without saying, but when writing a cover letter, always be honest.  Showing an agent that you are busy and proactive in your career is helpful, but always tell the truth about which projects you've worked on and with whom you have worked, as well as where you have studied your craft. (Fabricating this information is never a smart idea; however, unfortunately I have heard stories of actors doing this.  Don’t be one of them, actor friend!)  

If you're just starting out or do not have a lot of acting experience or credits, be honest about it.  You can explain that you are eager to work and mention some of the classes that you may currently be enrolled in.  (We actors should always be in a good acting class!)  Many agents are interested in meeting with new talent as well as seasoned professionals.  

Additionally, be sure to include some examples of what you hope to achieve in your acting career and why you feel that this particular agent can help you to get to the next level.  

3)  Give Examples of Why an Agent Should Meet With You

You’ll want to capture an agent’s attention and make her/him want to meet with you.  A good way to do this is to let he or she know what makes you stand out among the crowd, and what you believe you can offer to our industry!  You can offer a tremendous amount to the entertainment business simply by being you and expressing yourself as an individual.  Consider including a couple of sentences about something that is totally unique about you!  After all, you are one of a kind , and that is awesome!

4)  Include Your Headshot and Resume  

When writing a cover letter, always remember to include your headshot and resume .  If you have links to a personal website, a blog, an acting reel , or a YouTube Channel for example, include them too!  

The bottom line is to keep your letter simple, thoughtful, factual and educational.  A casting director once told a group of us actors that when writing a cover letter, even a very simple message with a link to your work or website can be effective!  The goal is to capture an agent’s attention, learn a little bit about you and keep them wanting more!  

Cover Letter Example

For your reference, I have attached an example of a cover letter to a talent agent below:

Dear (Agent): Hello! My name is Jesse Daley; I’m an actor living and working here in Hollywood, California. I am currently seeking new commercial and theatrical representation, and I'd love to meet with you to discuss the possibility of working together. Both the small size of your agency and your experience in the industry are very impressive. I believe that we’d make a great team! I have attached two headshots, along with my resume. I've also included links to my websites. On my websites, you'll find my YouTube Channel (where I love to sing and connect with amazing people!), you’ll find my acting reel, and you’ll also see my work as a writer. Thank you so much, (agent’s name).  I look forward to hearing from you! Jesse Daley

Make sure to include your contact information (email address and phone number) at the end of the letter, as well as links to your website if you have a relevant one.

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