Music is Hard 55: Bio

This week:
When was the last time you thought about your bio? Tim and Dave talk about the importance of a good bio, how to write bios for different audiences, and how to not suck at writing them.

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  • Bios, bios, bios….ugh. What a strange thing to try to write interestingly about yourself in the third person. I felt like a douche bag when I wrote my bio – I feel like a douche bag when I read it. However, I based it on other composers bios that I read. But, I still feel weird about it. Great topic – it’s a tough one to confront.

    I’m about 75% through the episode as I write this. At first, I was against Tim’s assertion that accolades (awards and prizes, etc.) were not an important thing to put in bios. This is really the norm in composer bios. However, by the end of his argument, I have to say he really swayed me the other direction. Composers are SO focused on awards and prizes, and I think that other people are way too focused on what awards and prizes a composer has won in their professional assessments of them and their work.

    So there’s a new topic for you – prizes/awards/competitions. go