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Practically every artist that has a web-page has a biography of some sort. Regardless of artistic genre whether you may be a songwriter, actor, painter, web-page creator, taiko drummer, photographer, fiction novelist, or graphic artist, you are expected to post your credentials or professional qualifications in the proper format in a public forum.

If you, like me, are an introvert this is almost the equivalent of standing naked in a room of hip trendy 20 somethings. Personally I’d rather pluck my own nose hairs one by one than subject myself to such scrutiny.

But the biography must be done, it’s expected, it’s an integral part of every artists site. If you can’t write it, what do you do?

Find a person who has some prowess with the written word and ask nicely for a short biographical statement. Cash works too if asking nicely fails.

Got a time crunch? Cash is king.

It helps if this writer also cares about you and truly enjoys your work. Enthusiasm is a hard thing to bluff so finding the right writer may be difficult, and last-minute is almost impossible.

You might also mention that the bio should feel like an unbiased, honest portrayal of who you are and what makes you tick, but also accurately hype your experience and competence without sounding like a used car commercial.

Sounds daunting? It is. It’s your 30 second elevator speech in writing for the world to see and criticize.

Avoid words like best, “all that + chips”, f’ing fantastic,or any other judgment words that you, or anyone else for that matter, can’t back up or are a matter of personal opinion.

Oh and you can’t go too highbrow either.

I wrote a bio recently and it was criticized for being too intellectual, too smartly written for the average blues concert attendee. I’m not sure I agree with that assessment of the typical blues enthusiast but I reluctantly complied with the request to rewrite portions in a more straightforward manner.

This is also a matter of knowing your audience, and while I think that red wine drinkers frequently attend blues venues, I also admit that there are far more Corona drinkers on the dance floor.  To the venue owners the band is there to pack the house and sell beer, the more beer the better, and if they happen to provide entertainment too, that’s a bonus. In the case of the blues artist that’s my audience, the venue owners who do the hiring, and the performer was correct I had missed my mark.

That’s another thing; you may write a masterpiece, a thing of beauty, and get it ripped into a skeleton of its former self by the recipient who is too humble, or timid, or merely disagrees with your word selection.

The upside of being an introvert ( or writing for one) is that you’ve thought long and hard about your art, practiced relentlessly, and can explain in great detail who you are and what you’re doing.

But you won’t get the gigs, the parts, or the opportunities unless you put your work forward so that others can see it, and love it like you do.

You may be an artistic god (goddess) , but unless you open the door and let other people see your work, you’re just another schmo with a hobby.

Step up. Step out of your comfort zone, and if you need help or guidance ask for it.

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