We have all been there. We are all excited, sign pu to perform and then that email comes. please submit a bio for the MC to say about you. Suddenty your palms get sweaty, your mind goes blank and all you can think of is, I am good dancer, I dance nice for you? All of us have been there, it’s hard to write about yourself without feeling like you are bragging. So what do you do? In this blog post, I am going to provide you with my tips for writing that D@#$ bellydance bio and hopefully they will work as well for you as they have for me.
Step 1. Write a silly bio. Unicorns, rainbows what have you
Get all the nervousness out of your system. I usually write out something about being able to produce unicorns with my shimmies and rainbows out of my rear end. It makes me laugh and gets all the initial sentences on paper.
Step 2. Pretend you are writing about someone else.
This helps me the most. I always find it easy to write or help someone else write their bio for a show. I mentally pretend that I am writing about another performer. This technique helps me get over the feeling of bragging.
Step 3. Describe yourself like someone else has. Think of all the nice compliments or things others have said to you or about you.
What are the comments you always here about your shows? Do you have a great smile, energy, prop acumen? Then put that into your bio. It’s not bragging, it’s true!
Step 4. Put all of those things into 4 sentences.
Once you have your phrases down, make sure that they are full sentences. Try to make it no more than 4 total.
Step 5. Add your name and what you call yourself: Bellydancer, dancer, Raks Sharqui, Queen of the Sword.
This may seem like a no-brainer but when you are stressed about having to write the bio in the first place, you might forget!
Step 6. If you’re dancing in a show, thank the organizers for having you. it’s always a nice touch and even if it doesn’t get spoken aloud, you make sure to appreciate the opportunity while you’re sweating and nervous backstage.
I hope that these tips have helped you and if you have any other steps that you have found work for you then please feel free to share them below! We dancers who hate writing that D@#$ bellydance bio need to help each other!