PT3 Make the Most of your Portfolio: The Bio

Writing about yourself is one of the hardest things to do – take it from me, it took days for me to figure out my own bio.

First you’ve got to figure out what you need to say about yourself, then you must decide what is significant enough about you to include and then you need to fit all of that into something that people might actually read. It’s no small feat, but I’m here to try and help you break it down.

THE creative bio

Firstly, just get it in there – what do you want to say? Is your bio to represent you as you are or do you want it to tell your story? Remember, this doesn’t have to be ultra professional – NOISE ePortfolios are great for showcasing your skills and expertise in a way that tells a potential employer much more about you, than a regular CV would, so utilise it.

Write everything you think is important to provide a well-rounded insight into you as an artist. This includes your hobbies, skills, experiences (though not necessarily professional) and of course, your general information (who you are, where you’re from, what you did, what you do and what you want).

Start trimming. Whilst potential employers and collaborators want to know who you are, they probably don’t need to know that your cat keeps knocking paws with the cat next door. Keep it simple. A sense of humour is great, particularly when it works hand in hand with the good stuff.

Remember, there’s a “read more” on the introduction section. That means you’ve got to hook ‘em with the first paragraph. You’ve got 8-10 lines above the break, so make sure the important stuff is right up there. I opted for my current situation and my main selling point – my writing ability.

I threw in a bit about some significant stuff I’ve done and what I do in my spare time, but I kept it relatively interesting and “in character”. If you want yourself to come across as super professional, skip the embellishments and vice versa. Here are some examples of other biographies, all approached a bit differently.

  

THE creative statement

This is a condensed, more attention-grabbing version of your bio. You’ve got 140 characters to pinpoint your creative tendencies. As the work on my ePortfolio is quite varied, I chose to keep my statement a little vague, but it all just depends. Top tip: Don’t be modest! 

Here are some examples, to give you a hand. 

NEXT TIME...

We’ll go over formatting your NOISE Festival 2014 entries.

Click here for Make the Most of your ePortfolio part one: Creativity & Expertise
Click here for Make the Most of your ePortfolio part two: All About You