It’s Time to Revisit My Biography

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January
2010

One of the most indispensable tools a professional musician can have, aside from a distinct musical voice, is a well-written biography, an important bridge between you and the rest of the world. It not only says who you are, but conveys a clear sense as to what you’re all about.

Basically, it’s a calling card in the form of a narrative statement.

Promoters often require one of two kinds, a long or short biography determined by a particular word count. Either way, the content must be presented well, honestly, and give up-to-date information.

A biography will precede your appearance at any given concert and most likely follow you around for years to come, especially if it makes its way onto the internet. And, believe me, it will.

Every effort must put into writing a good one. Don’t be afraid to update it a couple of times a year, or more, depending on your accomplishments.

With all that in mind, I have to admit that I’m experiencing some trepidation as I revisit my own biography. With the recent updating of my website, I feel the need to rewrite it, which is not necessarily saying that it’s out-of-date, but it can certainly use some sprucing up. Perhaps I’ll even go in another direction altogether.

So, why the trepidation?

It takes some serious work to distill your professional accomplishments into a couple of hundred words. You have to introduce and sell yourself while avoiding the typical shopping list that many biographies succumb to. In other words, I have some serious work ahead of me.

However, I am looking forward to having an updated bio (don’t get me wrong), but the process is another matter.

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