When it comes right down to it, not many of us are experts at writing our own biographies.
“Write something about yourself.” You’re the person who knows the most about yourself, so it sounds like a simple task.
Except it matters:
It will be read by a lot of people who will see you perform or teach. Your biography might even shape their first impression of you and change whether they make a decision to take a class or keep looking.
Yeesh. When it’s put that way, it’s no wonder why people tend to hire professional writers to craft their biographies for them instead.
What is a Pole Biography and Why Do I Need One?
A pole biography is used throughout the pole world. In competitions and showcases, as a new instructor, as a part of pole games.
Maybe you need a dancer biography for becoming an instructor at your local studio, or for some press coverage you’ve earned yourself.
It might even be for a workshop that you’re hosting – there are lots of opportunities abound that require a pole dancer biography, and many of us just freeze at the thought.
What do I put down? Where do I start?
Of course, this is usually the most likely thing to throw you off your groove.
Think about it as if you’re going to enter a competition – and for some of you, you are – you have everything down, from your style, to your song and even your pole dancer stage name, but… They want a “dancer bio”?
Fortunately, there is a structure we can apply to this. The different applications of a dancer bio will require different lengths, anything from a few sentences to a few paragraphs, so of course it may need to be modified to fit, but keep in mind that you may find it easier to trim down than to add on later.
Consider Your Audience and Platform
Before you begin, consider who your audience is and the platform this biography will be seen on.
Will your biography be on display on a studio’s website? Then you might want to make it something that stands out as uniquely you while also aligning with the studio’s mission.
Will it be announced before you go on stage at a competition? Make sure it’s all easy to say; no tongue twisters or spellings that rely on reading it!
Will it be seen in a space that’s meant to bring out the dirtiest and most exotic part of you? Feel free to go wild!
Will it be recorded and posted? Polish the crap out of that beauty until it shines through the announcer’s microphone!
Of course, many of us have the mind to keep things appropriate to the venue, but it’s another thing to actively be mindful of it.
Consider Your Dancer Persona
Have you taken your pole persona into consideration?
If you have a stage name, then it might just mean that you have a pole persona to uphold as well.
It’s important to make sure that everything in your pole bio aligns with your persona, otherwise, you’ll find that the audience’s expectations and the artistic flair you bathed your routine in clash. When that happens, you wind up with a confused audience, from the judges to spectators and staff alike.
Of course, this isn’t much of a concern if you are crafting your bio as an instructor, but it might as a competitor or showcase star.
Cover the 6 Questions
There are 6 magical questions that can help you structure your pole biography.
Depending on the required length, whether there’s a maximum of a few sentences, to a minimum of a few paragraphs, these questions can be modified:
Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How.
There’s a secret to these 6 questions – and it helps you structure your biography perfectly.
Every biography needs a solid beginning, middle, and an end:
“Who and What?”
“Where and When?”
“Why and How?”
So, let’s start at the beginning: Who and What
Easy. That’s you – or your persona.
What are you doing? What is your goal with this event/performance?
What are you passionate about? What has pole taught you about life?
Pick one that best fits your platform.
Now, let’s move on: Where and When
Where did you find pole? Where are you hoping to take people’s imaginations with this performance?
Where has/will pole take you in life?
Pick one that best fits your platform.
When did pole become a part of your life? When did you know that you wanted to be a part of this performance/event/occupation?
Finally: Why and How
Why have you stuck with pole? Why are you doing this event?
If there is a cause that is near and dear to your heart, this is an excellent place to write about it.
How has pole shaped your life? How are you making strides and changing the world one dance at a time?
Take these questions and write them down. Answer them.
Rearrange as you see fit, refine, polish, take away words, add on other words until you have a first draft.
Now that you’ve finished your spectacular pole bio, hang on tight.
It’s not quite time to show it off to the world yet.
First, let’s give it a once-over. Then a careful twice-over.
Proofreading is an essential part of any finished piece of writing, and just because it’s not a book doesn’t mean it won’t benefit from a little reading over before you hit that submit button.
Read your biography out loud. Does it sound normal and natural? Does it evoke the feelings you want it to?
Once you get a “YES” to both of those questions, run it through a grammar checker if you’d like – there are several free programs online to make sure you get all your commas in and all the right contractions in the right places.
Now that you’ve edited, and refined, refined, refined…
The moment you’ve been waiting and working for:
Submit your pole bio! You’re done!
(and we’d love to see it too, rockstar pole dancer!)