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 Posted: Wed Jul 21st, 2010 06:57 pm
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I've been doing this a long time, yet I feel I need to ask this question.

Okay, what length does "brief" mean to you.

A theatre I am submitting to said enclose a brief bio and a brief synopsis.

Now, a standard synopsis to me is usually a decent paragraph long.

But, "brief" means something different in everyone's brain.

So, I went to the theatre's website and read the synopses of plays they are doing currently for the year. "Brief" is correct! They read almost like a one sentence log line for a movie script. But 3 brief sentences instead of the log-line's one.

This is fine with me.

But here is my question. Do you think correspondingly the bio should be just as "brief?"

This disrupts my usual initial one-page contact letter format. And yet they want it "strictly adhered to."

What do you think?

What do you put in a "brief" bio? They do not want resume's.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 21st, 2010 08:48 pm
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Mana: 
The shortest bio I have written was 150 words. I haven't written anything shorter than that. I pretty much wrote a bio I liked, edited it well, and then kept cutting it until it was 150 words. I don't know if that would qualify as brief.

Sometimes theatres don't give you the exact kind of directions we need to do what they want us to do.

Maybe email them and see what they say?

Break a leg.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 21st, 2010 10:11 pm
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Mana: 
For me, brief is a one paragraph blurb for each - about 200-250 words.

If they toss your stuff because your brief exceeds their brief -- then you probably don't want to work with 'em anyway.

--kato

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 Posted: Thu Jul 22nd, 2010 04:56 pm
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Mana: 
I use 200 words for a bio and for a blurb.

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