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I need your help: The mega ego blog post

I need your help!

There’s no way to sugar coat this: today’s post is all about me.

My publicist and agent are asking me to give them a new portrait and bio that is supposed to stay consistent for at least two years.

Will you help me with feedback so I don’t end up looking like an idiot for the next two years?

I know, you might be thinking, “My feedback ain’t gonna help much with that, Justin.”

Well then, at least help me put my best foot forward. 🙂

Please, leave your comments at the end of this post or tweet them to me @justinblaney.

This is the bio we’ve come up with so far


Let me get this out of the way, I really hate all this bragging stuff. But apparently that’s what bios are all about. My old bio is a lot more fun, in my opinion, but the suits said I need to clean it up and start acting like an adult. I’m caving in, but I still don’t want to sound like a total DB. So what do you think of this?

Justin Blaney is the #1 bestselling author of 6 books including Evan Burl and the Falling and the critically acclaimed photography journal, Fast Wide Open. He began attending college at 16, married his high school sweetheart and had the first of three daughters at 17. While earning several graduate degrees and raising his young family, Justin founded more than a dozen businesses and nonprofits, making him a millionaire at the age of 25. He has since lost his fortune several times over, but has been fortunate through those ups and downs to discover the work for which he was designed.

Justin’s passion is helping individuals and organizations develop and share their uniqueness, enabling them to achieve their greatest success in life and business. He’s reached over a million people in dozens of countries, getting to work with and be mentored by some of the most influential figures of our time. His blogs JustinBlaney.com and I4J.org receive over 100,000 monthly views and he is followed by more than 40,000 on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Youtube. Justin and his family live outside Seattle.


Now it’s time for Ego Blog Post, part two. My last portrait is 4 years old. I promised myself I’d never go more than five years without an update. Using my dated prom portrait when I reach my 40s is just not cool with me.

So if you know anything about me, you know I’m kinda strange. I really like these portraits because we took them in the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. I think that’s cool. So far, I’m in the minority. Everyone I show them to asks, “Um, did you just escape prison?” or “Is there some deeper meaning to this setting, like your soul is breaking free.” What do you think? Hate it? Cool? Creepy?

Oh, one more thing. And brace yourself because this is so pretentious I’m blushing as I write it.

My agent thinks I need a more serious look in my portrait. I’ve always liked pictures where people are smiling in them as opposed to “looking to the future” or the “constipated look”, but I wanted to see what you thought. I’m trying to grow my speaking career and publish more non-fiction writing for audiences that are considerably stuffier than y’all. Just keep that in mind. 🙂

Portrait option A


Portrait option B


Portrait option C


Portrait option D (the color graded remix)


OK, I feel dirty now

I really have no idea how today’s selfie generation can stand posting photos of themselves constantly.

Scroll to the end of this post to leave some feedback on the portraits and bio. Thanks for your patience with all this ego! 🙂


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Feedback time. Let me have it! 🙂 And thanks!


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