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Why do you charge a bio? What’s the purpose? How do you architecture it? These are all accepted questions actors ask.
A bio is a arbitrary of the highlights of your career—your training, credits, and commodity about you personally, i.e. what you do back you are not acting. It tells the industry in book form—unlike the columns in your resume—what roles you can comedy and how to casting you.
Here are some guidelines for autograph the best bio possible.
1. Accomplish it abbreviate and sweet.
Being absolute in your bio is bigger than aureate or ever artistic language.
2. Address it in the third person.
This is not an autobiography, it’s a bio. Use capacity like—she/he, your name (Gwyn), your able abode (Mrs. Gilliss), etc.
3. Avoid the arid justification.
For example, “I knew I capital to be an amateur at age 5 back I saw a bewitched assembly of Peter Pan.” Acquaint us what you’ve done not why you do what you do.
4. Don’t accomplish lists.
Describe or busy your skills, training, and acquaintance in book form.
5. Accommodate claimed adventures and appropriate skills.
Put these in the aftermost paragraph. These abilities ability advice you get a job. For example, you could write, “Fluent in French and Italian, Gwyn advised affable at the Cordon Bleu in Marseille, and painting in Florence!” or “An avant-garde Yogini, she teaches yoga and meditation.” Or “As a pop singer, her new CD with aboriginal music/lyrics is advancing out soon!”
6. Address in “pyramid” style.
Put the best important advice at the top, alive bottomward to the beneath analytical advice by the fourth paragraph.
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Here are some examples of abeyant aperture statements. If they apprehend no further, this will be what they bethink about you.
Weak example: A brilliant blonde, Gwyn hails from the Midwest and is blessed to be in the Big Apple.
Strong example: Classically trained, Gwyn has played roles from Shakespeare to Tennesee Williams, alive in above American repertory theaters, on and Off-Broadway, as able-bodied as in dozens of contract/recurring roles for daytime and primetime TV.
Here is how the four paragraphs in your bio should be structured.
Paragraph 1: Recent roles/strongest credits
(Theater if you’re in New York and film/TV if you’re in L.A.) Try to use apparent plays and roles, not aloof “showcases.” If you’re aloof starting out, you can accommodate “representative” roles. Those genitalia from Shakespeare or Chekov done at academy outweigh showcases of alien writers Off-Off-Broadway.
Paragraph 2: Training
Don’t be abashed to name bead adept agents or celebrated ball schools, as able-bodied as admiral you’ve advised with. If you’ve formed with “greats,” they will accept you will be great!
Paragraph 3: Recent assignment (Switch what you included in branch one.)
Include Indie films and appearances on primetime or daytime TV or accommodate all above date credits from Off-Off-Broadway to Broadway. Your credits acquaint them how to casting you and what roles you are consistently assassin to play. Don’t accommodate added work—it’s not advised a able acclaim if you’re continuing in the background.
Paragraph 4: Claimed life
Here, address about your interests, skills, travel, languages, or agreeable instruments—anything that makes you memorable. Busy don’t aloof list.
Here are some examples of closing statements. You appetite to leave them with a able able anamnesis of you.
Weak example: “I appetite to acknowledge my cat, my acquaintance Diana, and my Mom for assertive in me.” (This gives the consequence that you’re still a beginner. Save the acknowledgment for your accepting accent at the Oscars).
Strong example: “Looking advanced to alive in the abutting Emmy Award USA alternation or in any affection adverse Johnny Depp!” (Industry professionals will bethink you as an amateur who knows area you’re going!)
Let your bio jumpstart your career alike back you’re not there to audition!
This column was originally appear on July 8, 2013. It has back been updated.
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Gwyn Gilliss Having been called by over 100 east and west bank agents, managers, and casting admiral as the “foremost business drillmaster for actors,” Gwyn has additionally had a acknowledged acting career in all medias. She advised at Carnegie Mellon, and was an Emmy Award-nominated Daytime/Primetime TV extra with over a dozen arrangement and alternating roles. Favorites include: “All My Children” (ABC),“The Lucy Arnaz Show” (CBS), and “Woman of Valor” (NBC, Emmy Award). See abounding bio and accessories here! TAGS Business Casting Auditions Advice Career Advice