Resources to Help Write a Biography
Writing bios. UGH!
As a stand-up comic, you will eventually need to create a bio. It’s easy to rationalize putting off this unsavory task, as you don’t really need a bio until you perform in bigger shows. However, you never know when that stage of your journey will begin, and wouldn’t you rather have a concise, solid bio ready to go, rather than throwing one together at the last minute?
A well-written bio is an important marketing tool. It grabs people’s attention, informs them of your myriad achievements, and gives them an idea of your style. So how come so many bios SUCK? Mainly because, like me, a lot of people have a hard time waxing poetic about how great they are. Praising yourself in the third person is extremely uncomfortable. But so are Canadian winters, and I get through one of those every year. At least writing a bio doesn’t last 6 months.
Like a resume or cover letter, creating a good bio is a skill set that can be learned. I am still not thrilled about my bio, but over the last couple of years it has evolved from an ugly ramble into something relatively functional. So even if you’re just starting out and have no credits to your name, start working on the bio anyway. Get that framework up, and when the accolades come, you can just plug ’em in.
I would like to share the following resources I came across (some more useful than others), when I was working on the first draft of my stand-up comedy bio. I hope you find them useful.
Have a good weekend, you bums!