The Actor's Detective Guide to Writing Letters to Celebrities

Front Cover, Feb 1, 2013 - Education - 50 pages
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How would you like to get a personal letter or phone call from your favorite star? Or to have them send you an autographed item that can help you raise money for a charity? This book shows you exactly how to make those things happen!
"The Actor's Detective Guide to Writing Letters to Celebrities," is part memoir, part "how to" guide. It tells the story of how a love for writing letters to famous people benefited the author, both personally and professionally. It's something anyone can do.
In this easy to follow book, you'll find examples of letters (and letter writers) that have been successful in getting notable people to respond personally. It also explains the "do's and don'ts" of contacting celebrities, very clearly laying out the steps of how to write to the stars in a way that compels them to get back to you.
A grammar school teacher recently read the book, and she said that it was extremely useful to her in getting her 4th grade students excited about writing. (Of course, kids are more enthusiastic about composing letters to LeBron James, J.K. Rowling, Will Smith or Justin Bieber than they are writing ones to Grandma, but it's a good start.)
In this age of texting and 140 character tweets, letter writing has become a lost art. This book hopes to instill that passion back into its readers, and to remind them how powerful a personal letter can actually be in making a connection with someone they admire.

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I started this book thinking I would glance through it quickly and read it properly later when I had more time. I couldn't put it down, though. It's packed with stories that inspired me about celebrities with extraordinary careers who started out in the simplest way - by making direct connections with people in the industry they wanted to succeed in. In other words, by writing letters.
Chris Lucas has opened up many opportunities for himself with his own letter-writing. In his book he shows you how to do it, so you have the best chance of getting a reply. I have always been told that the only way to get hold of celebrities is through their agents, and that the agents only deal with other agents. In other words, it's impossible and I should get real. It's frustrating.
I've never been able to accept it, though. Chris Lucas is the first person I've come across who has said there is a way. The thing I like the most about The Actor's Detective (apart from the title!) is that it's a "yes you can" book. It's inspirational and it's practical. Reading it has reminded me that every somebody started out as a nobody who found a way to connect with someone who could open doors with them.


Introduction Thanks for Reading
Where to Find Celebrity Addresses
Sample Letters
Conclusion Thats It

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About the author (2013)

Chris Lucas is the founder and CEO of The Actor's Detective, a career consultation service for actors. He also publishes a weekly newsletter with early casting notices. As a habitual letter writer since childhood, he's been able to make connections with people from all walks of life and all around the world, his daily correspondence has also contributed to the success of his career as an actor, with a starring role in the "Grand Theft Auto" video game series, and guest spots on TV shows like "One Life To Live", "As The World Turns", "30 Rock" and "Boardwalk Empire." The most important letter he ever wrote was to his wife when they first met, asking her out on a date. It's brought him great benefits ever since.

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