Oh boy… Things have been busy with a capital B around here lately! I’ll have some new updates on the production of my next comedy special soon. I’ll also have new posts about gig promotion and hosting contests to build your mailing list. Both things that I’m doing right now, but haven’t had time to sit down and write about yet.
Your artist bio, whether you’re a musician, comedian, or any other type of artist, is the most important document in your promotional arsenal. It’s most people’s first introduction to you. So it really needs to succinctly communicate what you’re all about as an artist.
What You’ll Learn
- 6 things that make your bio look unprofessional and unusable by the media
- Your 12-step plan to writing an effective bio that really explains who you are as an artist
- How to dig deeper into your material to find the themes that will connect with people
- How to reference your influences to inform that reader rather than turn them off
- The 2 types of people you need to have read the drafts of your bio
Jon Fox, owner of the Seattle Comedy Underground (one of my absolute favorite clubs in the country to perform at), presented an interesting question on his Facebook page recently looking at ideas for how comedy clubs will survive in the face of Netflix, YouTube, On Demand, and the myriad other ways people have of getting their dose of comedy these days.
You can check out the full thread and comments here.
As with anything that involves comedians, the comments involve a good amount of both ridiculous answers and self-interested complaining. But there are some solid ideas in there too. I decided to sleep on the idea and this morning, a lot more ideas were in my head. Too many for a facebook comment. Not that I have any concrete answers. If I did, I’d be opening a club. But I do have some ideas.
This is pretty much a repost of something I wrote for my artist blog awhile back. Well before I started Big Whiz Bang. So I wanted to transfer the info over here so you can keep your resources all in one place. 🙂
There was a discussion the other day among my comedian friends about how to put up a website cheaply and easily. And it can be done just that way.