Writing a short Bio

  • Peter Barfield

    Actor

    I suppose I should have done one before now but I have been asked for a film that is being released soon.

    I have no idea what to put in and leave out, I feel like I am writing my life story.

    I don't really want to give too much info.

    I want to sound good without sounding like I am talking things up to be bigger than they are.

    Does anyone have an example or and good advice?

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  • Peter Barfield

    Actor

    I guess not then, or maybe everyone is out enjoying this glorious weather.

    • 23rd May 2010
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    Hey Peter,

    When I have to write short bio I tend to dig out old theatre programmes and look at how others do it. Either that or have a look at the websites of current productions which tend to also have the actors bios on it.

    Grant

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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    It's prob coz none of us never know what to write in Biog's!!

    Just do a brief resume on where you trained…if you did…or what you were doing prior to becoming an actor.

    Mention 3-4 other roles you have done in film and or TV. Ie: Suffolk born Peter Barfield,trained at……. Previous films and roles have included (start with the best ones!) He Played Fred in Gone with the Wind, Rocky in Joe Blogg's Rain Man etc etc

    Less is more….you only need to fill 3-4 lines.

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    Give 'em hell, Pete ... "the finest thing to come out of Britain since lollipops and Will Shakespeare ... look out Hollywoodland .. heeeeeere's Pete."

    Give them something understated, like that. You can't go wrong !!!.

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  • Damien Hughes

    Actor

    Hello Peter, I had to write a bio for the Edinburgh festival last year, I just read everyone else and copied as best as I could. Check'em out here:

    www.siegeperilous.co.uk/king_arthur09/cast.htm

    Hope it helps and good luck.

    Damien.

    • 24th May 2010
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    If you include a quotation which inspires you it may make it more vibrant.

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    Hey! Mark is right - less is more. Factual information (which play you were in, where and what part you played etc..) speaks for the kind of actor you are and illustrates your expertise/versatility. If you have worked in several areas Theatre/Tv and Film/Commercials/Corporate etc.. split them up into groups. If you have training, start with "Having trained at blah, blah..." And I finish with a mention of my agent "Vanessa is represented by..."(if you have one) because it sounds good and the agent likes it!! xx Well done for needing one :) x Hope the film goes really well

    • 25th May 2010
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    Hi Peter...

    It is protocol to write your BIO in the third person i.e. like an entry in a theatre programme about a member of the cast.

    Precede with a short historical description of yourself, thence a short evolution of your progress through the business (with named characters and venues that you consider important), thence highlighting most recent roles( currently in production scenarios) and, finally, a brief description of those roles that please you most.

    Look at my own BIO for guidance.

    It may not be the best but it will give you a good idea of what you should be writing.

    (Perhaps not as long as mine...lol)

    www.nigelwinder.com/bio.html

    Good Luck!

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  • Liz Jadav

    Actor

    The style of biog varies from production to production; if I'm unsure I ask to see some of the other biogs, to get an idea of what style is expected. I also ask myself who I realistically expect/ hope might read the biog.

    Generally, I'd agree with the 'less is more' advice, without suggesting that you should sell yourself short.

    As some-one whose career has not scaled lofty heights yet, I observe that the higher status the artist, the more licence taken with the biog! Maybe I'm imagining that.

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