OR... SHOULD i SAY, WHO AM i, TODAY?
For each new endeavor, whether it be online, offline, inline outline etc. an artist has to be able to write about themselves - in 1000 words, to 100 words, to 2 sentences. Some circles call them the 30 second lift speech, to the networking speech, to the 'how I met your mother speech'. But really, it's all about how much you know yourself, your specialization and what you want people to know about you and your work within a very short amount of time.
The ICC says it's "... essentially a very brief summary of how you got to where you are in life." And so I'm going to stick with that one, because if I have to go too far back - including the details of "I've been holding a pencil since I was 3 years old and making up stories since I can talk etc." I'm not sure then, is this really what people want to know about me? I usually start with the last 12 months, and if people really want to know further back, then I guess we can sit down and have a coffee and chat - perhaps we can learn from each other, or perhaps there's a little commissioned work involved. If money or potential work is being bandied around, of course those 30 seconds would be best suited talking strengths and weaknesses (ehm... not too much of that of course).
And then, I prefer hostbaby's take on it - not too short, not too long, format, spell check, or check your facts (verbal) and for goodness sake, don't waffle - get to the point; you only have a few seconds or sentences to grab the attention of your listener...
Arty Crafty Studio says to include:
So, for the bio I have to do tonight - short and sweet:
Tanya Hempson is an illustrator|designer, currently living in Brisbane, and collaborating with clients across the globe. She is currently undertaking a Diploma of Children's Illustration and a BA (FAVA), whilst recently having completed a Diploma of Commercial Illustration (Graphic Design). In the past year, her work has been shown in New York and Brisbane as well being published in a variety of commissioned formats - such as children's stories, creative writing workshops and various children's literature sites.
What we don't need to mention, but certainly adds to the bio : "Tanya often dreams in technicolour, loves the idea of living in a monster universe and telling stories about apples on alpacas.'
But again, I don't think that'd count.
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