Your acting bio for social media may be the first thing a casting director sees about you. It’s the first impression and you want it to be a positive one. The best bios don’t just sound good – they make you memorable!
But the thing to keep in mind is that not all social media sites are equal when it comes to adding your “about me” section. Here’s how to ROCK your bio no matter which profile you’re updating…
Make It Short on Twitter
With Twitter, brevity is important. You only have 160 characters to share what you do with potential followers and industry professionals like casting directors and producers.
Don’t make people guess what you do. Starting with “professional slushie drinker” might sound cute but it distracts from the real information. Instead, use your bio to highlight what you’re currently working on. For example, you could say, “Playing Jemima in the ALT production of Cats.”
Go Long on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a great platform for those in the business world. But when you’re in a creative field like acting, it can be hard to know what to put. Start by describing the roles you’ve played in and what you’d like to do in the future.
If you don’t have any credits yet, don’t worry. Just take a moment to describe the roles you’d like to take on. For example could say, “I’m an actress who specializes in playing the mean girl or queen bee types.”
Don’t forget to use keywords as you’re writing your bio. Think about words that a casting director might type if he were looking for someone with your skills. Try keywords like: voice actor, regional theater, Broadway, SAG, AEA or dance.
Keep It Simple on Facebook
Posting your acting bio on social media sites is important. But if you can only choose network to use, go with Facebook. It’s one of the best for visibility and finding new industry connections.
Keep in mind that a Facebook fan page is limited to 155 characters for the bio area while a Facebook profile has a bio area of 101 characters. But both the profile and page have plenty of space for you to elaborate later if needed.
As with other social sites, focus on what you do or are doing. Try to share a mix of personal and professional information. For example, you might mention that you’re an actor then go onto say you’re a fan of UFC fights. This lets other users and industry professionals get to know who you are as a person.
Rock It on Instagram
With Instagram, you only have 150 characters to describe yourself. Try using words that describe you. For example you might say, “Actress. Vegan. Fitness enthusiast. Aspiring Chef.”
You can also use your Instagram bio to encourage followers and casting directors to find you elsewhere. You could try, “Playing Glinda in NY production of Wicked. Grab tickets at link below…”
Keep in mind that you can use the same basic information when writing your acting bio for social media platforms. But you want to customize that bio for each network so it engages other users and makes them want to follow you.