EPK Tips

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BUILD YOUR EPK

Why you need an EPK

EPK’s are used by the comedy industry. The more you can help make the bookers job easier the more you will get booked…

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Put simply: professional, high quality acts have a professional, high quality EPK. If you’re lacking in this area, then anyone who you cross paths with in the comedy industry will take notice.

Does my EPK need to have everything listed below?

If you have everything, then yes! If you don’t have…

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Everything for example quotes, references or any other part of your EPK, you’ll be fine to skip it. In the meantime, try and get what you need to update to your EPK as soon as you can. A completed EPK will give any booker what they need to book you for work.

Short Bio

Keep the bio short and concise.

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You have a 250 character limit for your short bio. 

This is a Basic, Plus & Premium Profile feature.

Link to Info on writing a Short Bio

Link to Character Counter

Custom Profile Image

Make it square!

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Take the time to pick a good photo for your profile pic and take the time to crop it to the right size. Ideal resolution is 350x350px. It can be larger, but it should be square. Below are a few links to websites where you can easily crop a photo.

This is a Plus & Premium Profile feature.

Link Number 1 to Crop a Photo

Link Number 2 to Crop a Photo

Social Media Links

Your EPK should have links to all the social media.

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Make sure that all of these accounts are up to date.  Any outdated platform linked to your EPK may lead bookers to think you are no longer performing or have very little activity on social media. Make sure all your Social Media platforms are consistent with the information on the Press Kit.

High Res Photos

Your EPK is for comedy bookers and the press.

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Remember: your electronic press kit (EPK) is for the press and Comedy Bookers. The photos you choose for your EPK are another great way to capture your comedy style.The pictures available on your EPK should be high quality. Including both horizontal and vertical images. That will give comedy bookers some options, which is handy if the comedy booker needs an image that will fit in a very specific layout on a poster, article, or web page etc. Make sure these images are large (600 pixel width minimum) and high quality (300 dpi). They need to be able to be printed without any pixelization. The pictures will be available for use by the Press or any comedy booker.

If you don’t have any high quality photos, grab a friend with a good quality camera (like a DSLR, most newer mobile phones have good quality cameras, so they’ll do just fine too) and experiment with pictures until you find something you’re happy with. Free editing software is available everywhere, even on mobile, so this step is much less intimidating than it seems. Also, many comedy festivals offer performance photos and headshots so it’s worth registering just for some photos.

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To find a photographer in your area, use services like Photographer Central or PhotoSesh

Press

Extra Extra read all about it.

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If you have any stories that have been done about you or any press of any kind this is where you would upload it as a PDF so it can be used by comedy bookers to promote your upcoming performance.

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List of Comedy Clubs

What Comedy Clubs have you performed in?

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This is where you will list the Comedy Club you have performed in. You will need the name of the Club, City and State. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot right now. Comedy Bookers understand everyone had to start some place. You can keep adding to this list as you get to perform in more clubs.

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List of Casinos

We bet you will have a few performances in a casino.

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This is where you will list the Casinos you have performed in. You will need the name of the Casino, City and State. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot right now. Comedy Bookers understand everyone had to start some place. You can keep adding to this list as you get to perform in more casinos.

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List of Corporate

What corporate gigs have you done?

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This is where you will list the Corporate shows you have performed. You will need the name of the Company, City and State. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot right now. Comedy Bookers understand everyone had to start some place. You can keep adding to this list as you get to perform in more Corporate shows.

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List of References

References should know you are adding them to your EPK.

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This is where you will list any References you have. You will need their Name, Company or title and Email. This will be a hard one to fill out. You want to make sure your references know you are adding them to your EPK and make sure they will respond to any emails with glowing reviews of your show. The Reference Email will not be shown to anyone. Good references would be from a headliner you worked with, You home Comedy Club, Agents, Mangers anyone in the industry.

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5 Quotes

Don’t make up funny quotes get real quotes.

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Try to get quotes from people in the comedy industry. Like Headliners, Club owners, Bookers. If you can’t fill all 5 spots with industry, then audience who have seen your show work great.

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Embedded YouTube/Vimeo Video

Pick your best video from your YouTube channel.

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Pick the best video you have on your YouTube channel and add the URL link. This video will make your EPK stand out. Everyone going to the website will be able to see your video. Comedy bookers will be able watch your video and see everything else in your EPK and book you for work.

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Contact Details

You want Comedy Clubs to be able to contact you, right?

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Every profile will have an email button. Your email will never show to anyone. When the email button is clicked a form will open up for Comedy Bookers to email you. Your Cell will only show if you want it to and it will only show to Comedy Clubs and Industry.  Your cell  will never show to anyone else. 

This is a Basic, Plus & Premium Profile feature.

Long Bio

This is where you can let loose!

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You have a 2500 character limit for your Long bio. 

This is a Plus & Premium Profile feature.

Link to Info on writing a Long Bio

Link to Character Counter

5 Photos for Cover Slider

Click more info for help with your cover photos.

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Take the time to pick a good photo for your cover pic and take the time to crop it to the right size. Ideal resolution is 1043x1500px. It can be larger, but it should be a vertical rectangle. Below are a few links to websites where you can easily crop a photo.

Premium Profile feature will need 5 photos that will be in a slider

Plus Profile feature will only need 1 photo

Link Number 1 to Crop a Photo

Link Number 2 to Crop a Photo

Social Media Figures

Show off your social media presence.

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If you have good social numbers, then you can list them on your premium profile. How many Facebook fans? YouTube subscribers? Instagram followers? Twitter followers. Some comedy bookers want to know this and may book you just because you have great social media numbers.

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8x10 Headshots

You may think you don’t need a headshot, but you do.

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 Not ever comedy booker will want or need a headshot, but many still use them. They are great to have in case it’s a club that hangs photos of comics on their wall. No headshot no photo on a wall. Many use them for their website. You will need one if you plan to do any acting or are trying to get representation. A professional headshot will simply make you look more professional and make you stand out from the comics who don’t have one. Also, many comedy festivals offer headshots so it’s worth registering just for a professional headshot. Your headshot should be in color and it should be 8×10. It should be vertical not horizontal. Many signs Comedy clubs use hold your 8×10 so you want your headshot to look the best it can look.

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More Info about your Headshot

Great Blog Post about Headshots

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Your Video

This is not a YouTube link.

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You should have a video of your show. This could be the same video you have on your YouTube channel, but this will be uploaded so Comedy Clubs and press can download it easy and use it for their website, preshow video or social media to promote your upcoming performance.

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List of Colleges

What Colleges have you performed at?

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This is where you will list the Colleges you have performed at. You will need the name of the College, City and State. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot right now. Comedy Bookers understand everyone had to start some place. You can keep adding to this list as you get to perform in more colleges.

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List of Cruise Ships

What Cruise Ships have you performed on.

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This is where you will list the Cruise Ships you have performed on. You will need the name of the Cruise Line. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot right now. Comedy Bookers understand everyone had to start some place. You can keep adding to this list as you get to perform in more Cruise Ships.

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List of TV & Radio

Do you have any TV & Radio credits?

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This is where you will list any TV and Radio credits. You will need the name of the Company, City and State. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot right now. Comedy Bookers understand everyone had to start some place. You can keep adding to this list as you get more TV and Radio credits.

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Website Link

Every comic has a website, right?

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If you do not have a website then you really need to build an EPK on theComicList.com. Your website is cool and Comedy bookers can find almost everything they need there, but they have to look for it and if it’s not on your website they have to ask you for it and wait for you to get it to them. Your EPK will have everything they need to book you and promote your performance. 

If you don’t own your name as a .com go buy it right now. https://www.godaddy.com/

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Your Logo

What you don’t have a logo?

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Not every comic has a logo and you may not want or need one. A logo is a great thing to have on your business card, T-shirts If its done well it may be the thing they a booker remembers and it could help you get a gig. There are so many was to get a great logo design. I bet if you just posted on facebook to your comic friends someon would know someone who could do a logo for you cheap. The World Series of Comedy uses Derek Knight for a lot of artwork and he does a great job. if you want a cartoon of yourself check out Ambrose Quintanilla he does get work and love comics.

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Embedded 6 Audio Streams

Do you have a CD?

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You will be able to add up to 6 audio files to your EPK. Even if you do not have a CD yet you could pull some great audio clips from your show and add them here for everyone to listen to. 

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Things To Remember

Share your EPK with the world!

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Your electronic press kit will help you get your next big gig and should not be made of last-minute thoughts and media. As you invest some time in your comedic image, promotional material and Social Media, your EPK will be able to grow. 

Don’t forget to keep it up to date! Also, the quality of each section is always better than the quantity of words or material you are using. Focus on the quality and you’ll get great results out of your EPK.

Remember, your EPK is your one and, often, only opportunity to make a positive first impression on comedy industry. The investment can pay off tenfold if it converts into gigs. Give it your best, and keep on working on it adding more and more info as you get it.