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April 21st, 2008 #14
7) Show up as they're hurrying to catch a plane and give them a business card as they leave, hoping first that they don't lose it and second that they happen to remember to follow the link later.
Heh, maybe not so damning but not the best way to get feedback
Hide this ad by registering as a memberApril 21st, 2008 #15A lot of this is just nervousness. No one means to come across poorly, but everyone gets anxious at times, or just isn’t "on".
And if you feel ahead of time that something in your book needs to be defended, you probably shouldn't have it in there in the first place.
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April 21st, 2008 #16
After he walked away, it took a second or two for the four of us to realize what just happened. I've never experienced anything like it. He had traveled all the way to Boston to tell newspaper art directors how things are done. It was a first. So, yeah, please don't argue.
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April 21st, 2008 #18
does that really happen?
people just come up to you with their phones and they are like "yo bro, check this shit out!"
and you are just like "ummmm cool bro, ahemmmm"
"so i'm hired?" no, not really.
that's how i imagine the conversation to go like.
April 21st, 2008 #19
Another thing I've seen is people who have to swear every other word when they're talking. Even if it's not at you, but to you... super unprofessional.
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April 21st, 2008 #20
God yes, LESS IS MORE at a portfolio review. I can add one from my own experience:
8.) Do NOT bring original 16x24 charcoal life drawings and cast studies to an interview, particularly if it's for a graphic design position at a major newspaper.
My neighbor worked at the Boston Globe and wanted to do me a favor, so he set up an interview there for me during my sophomore year in college. I didn't want a job in graphic design anyway and was caught totally off guard, since my body of work until that point was all student stuff. I wasn't considered for the job of course and the nice interviewer was patient with me, but I could tell she was thinking "What the hell am I supposed to do with these... and oh crap, now there's charcoal all over my computer desk."
Also, I've been on the other end of things and done some portfolio reviews, both for the sake of my employer and recently at workshops. Take-aways are very important - DON'T give me a generic CD with your contact info written on it in Sharpie. Not once have I popped an art CD into my computer after an interview, it's been my experience that CDs just get filed away and forgotten. (If your demo reel is on the CD, this may be a different story, but having a personal portfolio website is always preferred.)
Plus, I am really crappy with names and faces (like most people), especially if I've seen like 50 portfolios that day; give me something visual to easily remind me who you are! PUT SOME KIND OF ART ON YOUR BUSINESS CARD!!! I also recommend printing up inexpensive booklets to give to art directors. If you decide the job isn't for you, you can always take it back but to give it to a potential employer is not only a great reminder to them of your body of work, but it's also like giving a little gift. I have had a lot of success with giving out the books, if nothing else for the sake of networking.
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"I just got this mental image of someone doodleing on napkins, back of recepets and the inside of foil gum wrappers trying to pass that off to you as a portfoilo....wow..."
WOW! Things have really changed since my first interview in 1876, Juju-bee...
I'm going to transfer my napkin things to real paper now...
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April 22nd, 2008 #26
I will keep these tips in my heart forever.
I was almost guilty of 2 as well with the person who interviewed me about an art scholarship. She seemed to like the older ones
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