Quote Originally Posted by blansky
One doesn't write in the first person because it sounds like bragging. One writes in the third person so it looks like one actually has friends.
Hmmmm. While I agree about the bragging part, I always thought they were written in the third person so as to give the (usually mistaken) impression the person is successful enough to afford a publicist.

Personally, I dislike the typical flowery, pretentious bio/artiste's statements, although I recognize that style may have some appeal in certain circles. But, I find straight, factual background information useful in assessing a person's training, experience, and such. The key purpose, I believe, is to give the reader some reason for trusting your capability and a reason for going to the trouble of trying to figure out what your work is "saying".