I just wrote the most passionate, detailed, ridiculous cover letter of my life so far. I attribute this to the fact that the letter has to be included in the body of an email, as opposed to as an attachment, and therefore I don’t feel confined by the single page limit. I also don’t have my usual cover letter in front of me, so I had to just improvise.
I think this cover letter is really good. I am also worried that it is really bad.
A sample of my flowery nonsense:
I am deeply committed to building a more robust and dynamic performing arts community in the Unites States by bringing in new ideas and challenging assumptions about what is possible in our sector. I am excited by the opportunities afforded to the performing arts by emerging technology that allows performers to connect with audience in new ways that enhance and lengthen that relationship beyond the walls of the traditional performance space. I bring a positive attitude and an open mind to the problem solving process, which I approach with creativity, flexibility, and systematic organization. Though I have an entrepreneurial spirit, the goal for my career is to be of service to the disciplines that I love, theater and dance, and to help build strong, enduring institutions that will serve artists and audiences for years to come.
Oh my goodness, who is this lady? But honestly, that is my goal. I have come to see that working in professional development, producing performance, and advising young companies–all the work I have done so far in my arts career–is based around the same principle: capacity building. Doing more by being smart and seizing opportunities, ideally with open-minded, innovative, arts-based nonprofits.
I am also drinking a “hazelnut” Iced Coffee with regular milk from Dunkin’ Donuts, and wow, I am never going to sleep again.