Tips on your bio:
After having just put over 50 APCA fall showcasing artist's photos, pricing and bios up on our website for the college buyers to peruse, we wanted to talk a bit about writing artist bios.
The bios (biographies), which are submitted to us with the artists' showcase applications, run the gamut from professional, catchy, grammatically correct, concise and properly spelled & punctuated to the exact opposite of that. We routinely have to fix errors and edit these bios for the sake of brevity (150 words works best for us). We wonder what booking agents, radio programmers and campus events buyers think when the unedited versions of these bios show up in their in-boxes.
Our advice on writing artist bios is this:
Use spell check!!!!
Use proper punctuation. If you want to get creative with punctuation, it helps to know the rules first.
Make it short and sweet. A bio should be a slightly extended version of your elevator pitch. Here is a free elevator pitch generator to help you refine yours: www.15secondpitch.com
Infuse your bio with a sense of yourself. If you're a campus speaker, then you might want to be more formal and academic in your language. If you're a comedian, insert some of your particular style into the content.
Here are some web resources for writing the right bio for you:
And remember, you can always hire a professional if tooting your own horn doesn't work for you!
Let us know if you have any special tips and tricks to writing an engaging bio that expresses your products or services effectively!