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You’ve seen an advertisement for your dream job and you know that you’d be perfect for it. Now you just have to get an interview. Write a great cover letter in professional business letter format and your chances of getting that interview will increase dramatically.

First, take the time to find out exactly who will be reading your cover letter. If the information is not apparent from the job advertisement, phone or email to ask who is in charge of hiring. Then address your correspondence accordingly. Whatever you do, make sure you spell the person’s name, position title and address correctly and find out if they are a Mr. Mrs. or Ms. Your attention to detail in these matters shows initiative and will impress your potential employer.

Employers are looking for specific things, so make it easy for them to pick you! In your cover letter, briefly highlight your relevant education, experience and personality traits as they relate to the job posting. Unless the advertisement specifically says “no phone calls”, phone the company and ask for a “Statement of Qualifications” or job description. These documents will give you extra information about what qualities are important to the company and you can then emphasize how you can meet those criteria.

Highlight relevant skills, awards, and degrees you want the employer to notice. In business letter format paragraphs are generally short, and use bullet points where possible. This helps the employer to notice the relevant information while skimming the cover letter.

Keep in mind that although cover letter samples or writing templates provide a useful start (especially to show you the proper business letter format), they are a starting point only. You must customize your cover letter to fit the specific job, and to allow your personality to come through. Any employer will sense a “canned” or copied letter that doesn’t address the specifics of their company.

Whether your start “from scratch” or use a cover letter writing template, be sure to present yourself in a professional and business-like manner in your letter.

I can’t stress enough how important presentation is when writing a business letter. Keep it simple, do not use colored paper or fancy fonts. One spelling mistake or grammatical error is enough to have your application rejected. For the best presentation, use a standard font like Times New Roman or Ariel in an 11 or 12 point size, with one inch margins. Proofread the old-fashioned way. Don’t rely on spell-check because typos have a way of getting past spell-check. One spelling mistake or grammatical error is enough to have your application rejected.

Read your cover letter aloud to yourself or someone else to help identify any awkward or unclear wording. Remember, you will look like a more professional candidate to your potential employer when your cover letter uses proper business letter wording and format.

Example cover letter

A cover letter in business letter format would look something like this, although personalized for the position and highlighting your experience.

123 Anywhere St.
Anytown, USA
Phone: 905-555-5555 jan.employee@yahoo.xm

October 4, 2008

Ms. Boss
Human Resources Manager
Company Name
Company Address

Dear Ms. Boss,

I am submitting my resume for your consideration for the position of __________. I have two years experience in administration, client support and customer service management.

I believe that my work-related experience, along with my drive and enthusiasm, make me an excellent candidate for employment on your team. I was pleased to see your company made the top fifty growing business list in Forbes magazine, and I would be proud to be associated with such a dynamic company.

My proficiency in administrative and office software such as Lotus, WordPerfect, and Excel complement my qualifications.

I would appreciate the opportunity to interview with you at your convenience and hope you will give the enclosed resume your favorable consideration.

Sincerely,
(sign your name in ink here)

Jan Applicant

In today’s competitive job market it is essential that you write a great cover letter that sells yourself, your skills and your desire to work for the company. Don’t be shy about telling the employer why you would be perfect for the job. After all, they are looking for the perfect candidate and that could very well be you. Good luck!

A good bio is an effective tool in helping to acquire new customers. Here are some guidelines and examples for how to write a  professional hair stylist’s bio.

1. See what’s standard and then go beyond it.

Check out the bios of a few other stylists, preferably those in your own area, maybe even those whose work or salon you know. What are they doing? When you read their bios, what grabs you and what makes you go, “Eh.” Then improve on what’s out there.

2. Write a bio, not a book.

This is not the moment to launch into your version of Zen and the Art of Hair Maintenance. People reading the bio want to know if the stylist can work with children or create a perm that doesn’t make the recipient look like a prize poodle. They’re interested in results, not theories.

3. Establish a warm and friendly tone.

If you’re a Swiss banker, a certain amount of formality in any document is probably a good idea. However, at least half of the appeal of a good stylist is their personality and how well they can relate to a client, make him or her relax, and how well the stylist listens to the customer’s needs to ensure that the final result is what was desired. For that reason, it’s perfectly fine to start a bio with “Hi. My name is ___________________ and I love to cut hair. I can give you a style that will make all your friends say you look fabulous!”

4. Prove it.

No one wants a stylist who just picked up a pair of scissors one day and started practicing on her dolls. Where were you trained and when? What awards or professional recognition have you received? What are your specialties?

There’s no crime in saying that you prefer to do haircuts instead of color. The wrong time for a potential client to discover that you’re no color expert is when she’s in the chair and her hair has turned lilac. On the other hand, if you have special certifications in hair color, facials, make-up, or any other beauty routine, be sure to list them.

5. What products do you use?

In some salons, you may not have any control over that, but in many cases, stylists have favorite products that they use consistently. If you’re one of those, be sure to say so. Customers are often loyal to particular brands, so if a Paul Mitchell girl reads your bio and sees that you only use his products, she’s likely to pick up the phone and schedule an appointment.

6. Are you a special events maven?

In other words, do you love to do weddings, proms, styles for graduation pictures, etc.? Do you really love to work with small children? Many people who normally give their hair cut at the $7.99 Walk-In Shop have no idea where to go when they need something out of the ordinary. If you can offer that, they’ll come to you.

7. Why do you love doing this?

Let’s hope you do, because again, a stylist’s personality is nearly as important as your technical skills. If you simply love making people look their best, then say so. Share why you chose this career instead of X-ray tech. let potential customers know that when they’re in your hands, they’re in the hands of someone who genuinely cares about making the world more beautiful.

8. Be sure to include the basic info.

People want to know where your shop is located, when your shop is open, and if they need an appointment. Some stylists will accept walk-ins for a shampoo or cut but need appointments for perms, coloring, and special occasion groups. Include all that information so unhappy surprises are avoided.

A sample bio might look something like this:
Hi, my name is _____________ and welcome to my shop/salon ______________. Ever since I gave my first Barbie a wedge cut like Dorothy Hamill, I’ve loved to cut hair. In ___________ I graduated from the ________________ School of Beauty and Hairstyling.

In addition to passing all of my final tests with high scores, I also received certification in coloring, facials, and waxing. I specialize in working with long hair, creating updos and styles that can be worn every day.

I recently took courses in make-up design and application, and I love the opportunity to work on clients before their proms or entire wedding parties. I’ll make certain the bride’s lipstick doesn’t clash with the maid of honor’s dress.
I am available for haircuts and shampoo/styles during regular shop hours, ______________ Monday thorough ___________. In addition, perms and hair coloring appointments are usually available a minimum of 48 hours in advance, and with 72 hours’ notice, my assistants and I can handle bridal and special events groups of up to eight individuals.

Our salon proudly uses _________products, which are eco-friendly, not tested on animals, and hypoallergenic. Our fine lines of shampoos, conditioners, mousses, and de-tanglers are also available for purchase__________ . Nail Boutique is located at the rear of our salon, and our customers get a 10 percent discount on all manicures.
Just as every stylist and salon are different, so will every stylist’s bio. The important points to remember are using this information to establish trust, confidence, and desire in potential customers. Once they’ve read your bio and seen your work, you want them to come to you instead of clicking on the next site. Creating a lively, informational, and friendly bio is a great way to get them in your door.

 

It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone who has been a part of our lives. When that person is gone, there’s a hole where (he or she) used to be in your life. That’s what many of us are feeling today.

Some of you knew ______ (name) better than others, but you’re here because (he or she) had an impact on your life, and you want to honor that. And because (he or she) did affect you in some way, it’s not going to be easy to say goodbye.

At such a difficult time, it’s important to remember the good memories we all have of _______ (name). By holding on to those memories, we can focus on the good times we had together, and help each other find comfort in this difficult time.

Some of you may remember when _______ (name) was _______ (share a short story about the person such as a childhood memory; be sure to keep it positive). Or perhaps others of you recall _______ (share another positive story from the person\’s life).

Even as a child, _______ (name) made a difference in people’s lives. (Share a brief story about the person’s childhood that shows that he or she had an impact on someone, even in a small way. Be sure to keep it positive.)

_______ (name) was always _______ (list a positive quality about the person such as an honest person, a good listener, a great cook, et cetera). (He or She) always _______ (explain how that positive characteristic affected the person’s life, such as he or she had the best green bean casserole at Thanksgiving). (He or she) was also _______ (list another positive quality about the person), which always came through when _______ (share how others could see this quality in the person).

And more than anything else, _______ (name) was _______ (name another positive quality that really defined who the person was, such as faithful, generous, a community volunteer, et cetera). I remember _______ (share a story about the person that expresses that quality, such as church involvement, donating time and money to charities, et cetera).

It’s hard to say goodbye to someone who had a big impact on our lives. It’s always hard to lose someone you know, to let go of (him or her), and move on. But if we keep those good memories in our hearts and minds, we can find comfort, and _______ (name) will always be with us.

Just by being here, you’re showing that _______ (name) had an impact on you. And that’s a great comfort to me to know that (he or she) touched other people’s lives in the same way (he or she) touched mine. And that’s how I’ll always remember _______ (name).

The biggest challenge in writing a good Twitter bio is that Twitter allows you only 160 characters. That means your bio must capture the attention of a potential follower in about 20 words.

Writing 20 words shouldn’t be tough, but it’s actually harder to write succinctly than it is to write at length. Here are five important tips to help you write your Twitter bio, along with some good Twitter bio examples.

Tip #1 – Include Your Area of Expertise
Your expertise should be included in your Twitter bio, showing off what you are good at. This is an opportunity to highlight what’s unique about you so people can decide if they want to follow you. Here’s a good example from a personal trainer and fitness coach that clearly states her area of expertise (helping clients overcome their mental blocks):

@coachkate1 Kate is a Health & Fitness Coach who helps clients overcome their mental blocks to living a healthy lifestyle.

Tip #2 – Use Powerful Keywords
Don’t neglect keywords on Twitter. Using relevant keywords in your bio helps people who have the same interests to find you, and will also help you show up in search results. In addition, using keywords in your bio will help you pop up in Twitter apps that group users together by interest.

For example, can you guess what keywords the @mashsocialmedia bio is targeting?

The latest happenings in social media, plus tips on using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Foursquare and more.

If you guessed “social media” plus the four major social media sites mentioned, you’d be correct.

Here’s another example of someone who does a good job of using keywords in her Twitter bio:

@MyMelange #Italy & #France travel planning, #travel consulting, #food tours Writer. Queen of the carry-on bag. How can I help with your next trip?

I don’t need to tell you that @MyMelange (Robin Locker Lacey) specializes in Italy and France travel planning: it’s clear from her bio.

Notice Robin’s use of hashtags, which makes it even more likely that she will be found in the top results when someone searches Twitter for those words.

Robin finishes her bio with the question “How can I help with your next trip?” which addresses the advice in the next tip – “mention what you offer”. Robin’s clever question makes it clear that she offers Italy and France trip planning services.

Tip #3 – Mention What You Offer
Mention what you offer within your Twitter profile. Show potential followers who you are and how you can be useful to them.

My friend and colleague Natalie Tucker Miller has a company called “Ageless-Sages”, which provides picture books for elders. Here’s how she mentions in her Twitter bio what her company offers, while at the same time including her other main activity as a coach certifier and educator:

@NatalieTM Helping families reconnect through Picture Books for Elders™ Teaching the magic of loving all phases. IAC Lead Certifier, coach educator.

Here’s another good example that shows how to mention what you offer in an engaging way:

@danielgoh Beer hawker, entrepreneur and owner of The Good Beer Company. Food fanatic. Avid geek. Blogger and social media enthusiast.

When you read Daniel’s bio, you instantly know that he’s interested in beer, food, business, blogging and social media. Pretty efficient use of 19 words!

Tip #4 – Write with Personality

Last, give a sense of your personality in your Twitter bio. Are you funny, sincere, sarcastic? Don’t be afraid to be real – that’s what people enjoy. Letting your personality shine through takes a profile from ho-hum to intriguing – which will make people want to follow.

Looking again at Daniel Goh’s bio above, you get a sense of his personality from the use of words such as “hawker”, “fanatic” and “geek”. Someone who uses those types of descriptors is probably witty, unpretentious and enthusiastic about his interests. I follow Daniel, and I can tell you that he’s definitely all three of those things!

Tip #5 – Remember, It’s All Public
In the previous tip I advised “Don’t be afraid to be real”. I’m now going to put a caveat on that. Remember that everything you write on Twitter is public and shows up in the search engines, even if you’ve deleted it.

That bitingly funny Twitter bio you wrote and then deleted after realizing that it could offend some of your customers? It’s not really deleted. It’s indexed in the search engines for anyone to see…forever.

Even if you just use Twitter for friends (and not for business purposes), keep in mind that business contacts can and will read your Twitter page. Unlike Facebook, Twitter is a completely open platform; people do not need permission to follow you. Sure you can block someone; but they can still do a Google search for site:twitter.com/yourtwittername and see every tweet you’ve ever published. Try it.

Socializing on Twitter is not the same as socializing in the privacy of your own home, or even your local coffee shop. As my mother used to tell me about gossip, don’t say anything you wouldn’t want published on the front page of the newspaper. Twitter is the digital age equivalent of the front page of the newspaper. So yes, be real and be professional as well.

Setting fees is one of the hardest things to do for independent professionals such as consultants, coaches and therapists.

People think consultants (and other self-employed professionals) make exorbitant hourly rates, when in fact they are often just making the equivalent on an hourly basis as any typical employed professional.

As someone who has been an independent coach and consultant for the past 20 years, I get tired of envious people making little digs about my rates. These people don’t have a clue about what’s involved in setting fees, and why consulting fees are necessarily higher than employee hourly rates.

How do you set professional fees?

A good way to start is to multiply by 2.5 the hourly rate that you would earn at a job doing similar work. So if you are a human resources consultant and you know that similar work pays $40 an hour plus benefits (benefits are usually at least 20% on top of an hourly wage) then your calculation would be:

If an employee costs:

$40 + 20% for benefits = $48 an hour

Then the consultant should charge:

$48 x 2.5 = $120 an hour

This calculation is just a rough starting point. You would also take into consideration factors such as competition, reputation, specialized skills, supply, demand, and the economy.

Why do you multiply by 2.5?

In consulting the rule of thumb is that you will spend about 40% of your time in unbillable activities such as writing proposals, marketing, administration, travel, and office administration. You also need to budget in about 20% of your fee for overhead costs associated with rent, equipment, insurance, professional development, sick days and holidays.

That leaves the remaining 40% for billable activities, which are activities that you can actually charge the client for. This formula is sometimes referred to as the 60/40 rule.

In a 40 hour work week, a consultant will typically bill about 16 hours (40% of 40 hours) to clients. That’s why consultants, coaches and therapists need to build in overhead to the hourly charge-out rate.

Let’s look at an example

A consultant — let’s call her Elizabeth — charges $150 an hour. Presuming she works a standard 40 hour work week, the 60/40 rule tells us that she charges clients for 16 hours and makes $2400 (even though she worked 40 hours overall in her business). Do the math and we find that she is actually earning $60 an hour.

Elizabeth’s husband — let’s call him Ray — is employed at a university doing work very similar to what Elizabeth does in her private consulting business. Ray makes $50 an hour, which on the surface seems a lot less than Elizabeth’s hourly rate of $150. But keep in mind that Ray gets paid for every hour he works, so $50 x 40 hours a week = $2000. This is less than Elizabeth’s $2400 a week, but add Ray’s medical benefits and paid holidays and it comes out about even.

Tired of the comments?

The next time someone ribs you about making the “big bucks”, tell them about the 60/40 rule. Or do as I do. Smile and say, “You could do it too! All you have to do is give up your benefits, paid holidays and regular pay cheque – and take the leap.” That usually makes the point.

How to write a bio for motivational speakerA speaker bio is a brief summary of your education, work history and experience that is relevant to your speaking topic (the focus is on brief and relevant). The organization requesting your speaker’s bio may specify a format and length. If they don’t, follow these speaker bio guidelines:

  • Keep your speaker biography brief—no more than 75 to 100 words. Biographies that are too long simply don’t get read. Or worse, the organization may summarize your bio in a way that you don’t like.
  • Include your current position and a brief mention of work history and experience that is relevant to your speaking topic and audience
  • Include academic qualifications, awards, and a reference to published work, but only if applicable to the material you are presenting

Getting started writing your speaker’s bio

To start writing, use a point form method or use a speaker bio template. A bio template is just an outline for you to fill in the blanks. You can list out the following points:

1) Profession
2) Years of experience
3) Awards or achievements
4) Contact details

Speaker bio examples

Joan Smith is the Chief Innovation Officer for PeopleCAD® and a frequent speaker at industry events. For the past four  years, Joan has written a monthly magazine column called “Industry News”. She started using PeopleCAD® software with Release 1.0, almost 20 years ago. She also taught at the university level for several years. Her latest book is entitled PeopleCAD® Demystified.

Dr. Jones heads up the post graduate program at the Health Sciences Hospital of Alberta. His numerous professional publications focus on his research and clinical interests in the psycho-social aspects of hospice care. His current research focuses on the tools of orthomolecular medicine in palliative medicine. This is Dr. Jones’ third year speaking at the CMA annual conference.

Variations in speaker bio style

Sometimes, a different style is needed when the age group is known. If you need to speak to young people in a Career Guidance Day session, your bio needs to be less formal and certain sentences can be rephrased. Instead of this formal style:

Charles Granger, CPA founded the Financial Planner SBO systems to track hedge funds for the bank. This system enabled the bank to monitor and project profits and ultimately offered a prudent way of multiplying the banks overall capital.

You could write something that young people would understand and better relate to:

Mr. Granger made a lot of money for Citizens Business Bank by using a system he patented.

To summarize, a speaker bio is:

  • used as introductory or promotional material
  • an overview of the person written in narrative form
  • written in the third person
  • brief and relevant to the speaking engagement topic
  • a summary of education, experience and achievements

A template makes writing a speaker bio quick and easy!

Does writing a speaker bio seem like just one more task on your long to-do list? If so, get a fill-in-the-blanks bio template written specifically for professional speaking engagements. You’ll have it all done and complete within the next 20 minutes. (Note: choose the bio template that relates to your main profession.)

How to Write a Music Bio

The purpose of your music artist bio is to introduce you and your music to the world. Your bio needs to be informative as well as creative if it is going to make an impact on those you wish to impress.

Impress? Yes, you want your musician bio to impress. Even though you may feel that your music should speak for itself, you still need to provide fans, agents, journalists and others with some compelling words about you and your music so that they decide to engage further with you. You want them to read your music artist bio and think “wow, this musician sounds interesting. I want to learn more. I may just give them some of my hard-earned money/time/space”.

So what should be in your music bio?

1. Introduce yourself. Start out by saying who you are and what you do. “Jane Z. Smith sings traditional blues songs” conveys your name and style clearly and economically.

2. Use plain language to present yourself professionally. This is not the place to be cute, cryptic or ironic (unless that’s part of your band’s image and branding).

3. Don’t make them guess. Please, please, please don’t say that your music is unclassifiable. Not only is it a boring cliche, but booking agents need to know what kind of music you perform in order to book you in the right venues. Think of it this way: if you love Thai food the best, and you’re really craving Thai food tonight, and there are literally thousands of restaurants in your city, which restaurant would you choose: “Yummy Thai” or “Mystery Restaurant”? I thought so.

4. Keep it short. The shorter your bio, the more likely people will be to read the whole thing. Start out by writing everything that comes to mind, and then edit, edit, edit. Ideally your bio should be no more than a couple of paragraphs long. As songwiters know, much can be conveyed in a few words!

5. Showcase some of the most important achievements of your career. If you’ve received awards or performed with other well-known artists be sure to mention that. This will allow your audience to know that your talents are respected by others in the industry.

6. The first couple of paragraphs should be given to what is going on right now with you and your band. If you are expecting to have a new album or CD ready for release soon, give the date so that your fans will be ready to purchase it. Give dates and locations for where you will be if you are going on tour.

7. Give some personal background. Your fans will want to know what made you want to enter the music business, and how and when you met the members of your band. Let your audience know what adversities you had to overcome in order to get where you are today.

8. Ask for help. Writing a bio on yourself is different than any other kind of writing. Almost everyone finds it difficult to write about themselves. Where to start? What to include? More to the point, what to leave out? You’re a musician, not a technicial writer. So ask a writer friend to help you with your bio, or consider using our musician bio template or band bio template to get a professional bio in the correct style and format.

Let’s face it, writing a music artist bio is not easy. In fact, writing your bio is probably one of the most difficult things you’ll have to do in your music career. The good news is that once you’ve written a good basic music bio, you’ll only have to update it for various situations (e.g. longer, shorter, focussing on a specific audience).

If you use these tips to help you write a music bio, you will certainly create a compelling story that will help your music career.

A bio template makes writing a music biography quick and easy!

Does writing a music bio seem like just one more task on your long to-do list? Are you unsure about your ability to present yourself in the best possible light? If so, get a fill-in-the-blanks music bio template written specifically for a musician. You’ll have it all done and complete within the next 20 minutes.

Military army navy airforce board biographyThe military bio format is much like the bio format used in civilian life, although there are a few key differences that you should be aware of. Regardless of whether your military service is in the army, navy, airforce or coast guard, your military bio is designed to do one thing: provide a brief but impressive narrative summary of the highlights of your military career. You’ll be asked for a military biography if you’re applying to get a promotion or move into a different branch of the military. You might also need a military bio to introduce you as a speaker or to credit you as the author of an article or book.

If you’re not sure how to write a military biography, here are some guidelines that will help:

1) Be brief. The standard military bio format is roughly 150 words when written and no longer than 60 seconds when read aloud.

2) Write in third person but use first person when reading it aloud. Third person would be like this: “Jane Smith trained with”, while first person would be like this: “I trained with”.

3) Start with personal information such as your name, rank, branch, and place of birth.

4) Focus on your military history in chronological order from basic training to the present.

5) Sunmarize the training and duties you have completed, as well as your deployment history and status. Don’t forget about your civilian training and experience. Even if it’s in a different occupation, civilian training and experience can be a major selling point because it sets you apart from someone who has only military experience.

6) Include additional information such as awards and accomplishments, as well as any interesting or impressive details of how you rose in the ranks

7) Conclude by briefly stating your goals for the future.

That’s a lot of information to get out in 60 seconds! You’re either going have write succintly or talk fast! (joke)

A bio template makes writing a military biography quick and easy!

Does writing a military bio seem like just one more task on your long to-do list? Are you unsure about your ability to present yourself in the best possible light? If so, get a fill-in-the-blanks military bio template written specifically for military service. You’ll have it all done and complete within the next 20 minutes.

How to write a motivational speaker biography You’ve finished writing your article and are ready to send it off, but there’s one last task: writing an author bio. It’s hard to know exactly how to write an author bio, even if you’re a writer. So many things to say and so few words allowed in the author box! How do you decide what to focus on and which URLs to link to?

Here are some points to consider when writing an “about the author” box.

1) Decide on the purpose of the article. Is it to get people to view you as an expert? Then make sure your author box highlights your most impressive relevant qualifications. Do you also want them to go to your website? Then be sure to include a link to the exact page you want them to land on.

2) Prepare several versions of your bio in different lengths, so you can have them on hand for various uses. The “about the author” box at the end of an online article is generally two or three brief sentences (or 50 to 100 words). However, your author blurb in a newspaper or magazine might only be a few words such as “Sally Smith is an Ottawa based gardening writer”, followed by your email address. An author bio in a query letter for a book proposal would also be no more than 100 words. You can include a longer bio when you write your website biography.

3) Decide on the points you want to include. Most authors find that they have more information than they need. Be ruthless in editing your bio to include only points that are relevant. Does your fishing hobby provide good background for a murder mystery novel you are submitting to a publisher? Probably not. You worked in a coroner’s office for a couple of weeks to learn about medical examiner’s terminology? Now that’s relevant!

4) Make a list of writing credits to highlight, but confine yourself to three or else it will take up too much space.

5) Include contact information and a website so readers can learn more about you and your writing.

6) An author bio plays an important role because it communicates who you are. In the same way that a business card introduces you, a bio serves as a short introduction to your writing. Take the time to think carefully about what you want readers to remember when they hear your name.

7) Readers like to know about you. Biographical information such as marital status, number of children, pets and hobbies show that you are a normal person and helps readers relate to you.

8) Reflect your unique writing style in your author bio. Your bio provides an opportunity to give readers a sense of what to expect from your writing. Reflect the content and style of your work in how you write your author bio. For example, if you’re a humorous or satirical writer, include some humor in your bio. If you’re an academic writer, take an academic approach. The tone you take in writing your bio creates expectation of your written work.

Here are two contrasting examples of how to write an author bio to create an expectation of your writing style:

Norman Langford grew up spying on the neighbours and taking notes in a little black book. No surprise that he ended up writing spy novels!

Dr. Laura Smith has been writing on gender studies for over 20 years. Her research interests include mothering, gender roles and media representation of women.

Consider Using a Template

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. We have a fill-in-the-blanks author bio template that will help you write a great bio. That way you can complete your bio writing task and get back to the writing that you actually enjoy!

How to write a bio for actor playbill - templateAn actor bio is a brief summary of your education, work history and experience that is relevant to the acting profession (the focus is on brief and relevant). The theatre or agency requesting your actor bio may specify a format and length. If they don’t, follow these actor bio guidelines:

  • Keep your actor biography brief—about 100 – 250 words. Biographies that are too long simply don’t get read.
  • Write in the third person (“John Smith acted in”, not “I acted in”).
  • Include your acting credits and your training. If you have a long list of credits, just mention a few credits (the most impressive ones) in the narrative part of your bio and then add a point-form list of all credits at the end.
  • It’s optional to include biographical information such as marital status, number of children, and place of birth. If you don’t have many acting credits yet, this personal information can help flesh out your bio.
  • List your contact details at the end. Since a bio doesn’t have room to reflect all your achievements, you can also include a website link to your portfolio and contact email address.

Accentuate the positive

You might have a lot of experience but no formal training. Or you might have attended a prestigious acting school but you don’t have much experience yet. Don’t worry about it. You can choose what gets highlighted in your actor bio. Just write about what you have and don’t even address what you don’t have. In the end, the ability you show at the audition will count most of all. There are plenty of people performing on Broadway who did not attend the “name-brand” schools.

You have a brand

Like a fashion designer, you have a brand to sell. You’ve got skills, you’ve trained and studied your craft, you’ve acted, and you do good work. Project this in your theatre bio by describing yourself with confidence and verve.

Write more than one bio

You need more than one theatre or actor bio, depending on its intended purpose. Here are the most typical bios you might need.

  • a short bio or “blurb” that you would use in a theatre program. A short bio is normally no more than two or three sentences.
  • a longer bio would be needed for an audition. This would be 100 – 250 words long.
  • a full biography might be required for your website or a press release. A full length biography could up to a page in length (250 – 500 words).

Get started writing your actor’s bio

To start writing, use a point form method or use an actor bio template. A bio template is just an outline for you to fill in the blanks. You can list out the following points:

1) Training

2) Experience

3) Awards or achievements

4) Contact details

5) Acting credits

To summarize, an actor bio is:

  • used as introductory or promotional material
  • an overview of the person written in narrative form
  • written in the third person
  • brief and relevant to the acting job
  • a summary of education, experience and achievements

A template makes writing an actor bio quick and easy!

Does writing an actor or theatre bio seem like just one more task on your long to-do list? If so, get a fill-in-the-blanks bio template written specifically for theatre and acting professionals. You’ll have it all done and complete within the next 20 minutes.

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