Your portfolio is basically your resume when applying for a new job. It displays your past works, gives clients an example of your style, and overall shows them what you’re capable of giving them. Your portfolio speaks volumes when it comes to whether or not you’re a good fit for a client.
However, portfolios can be a little complicated when attempting to attain perfection, especially for the beginner. It can be confusing to know exactly what needs to be included and which works of yours will be the best fit for it. Should you include every style you’ve done or just go with one?
What else needs to be included?
We’ll show you how to nail the perfect portfolio filled with creativity and confidence.
Don’t be afraid to try new things and experiment with your work. It can be scary when you first begin to branch out and try new fields of work, but this is often what will be the best thing for your portfolio. Keep on experimenting, even if you’ve already found something that seems perfect.
The truth is that a lot of times with experimenting, it may not work. You’ll probably have a few failures and a lot that felt like a waste of time. Have the mindset that everything benefits you, whether it’s finding out what isn’t for you or what’s perfect. You’ll always view each experiment as a win this way and you’ll have a diverse collection of work.
Be Open To Doing New Things
Being the first can be terrifying; you don’t have anything to go off of, and there’s not a lot of information if nobody’s done it before. But some of the very best and most creative portfolios have come from leaders that were willing to be the first and take the step forward with creating a new job for themselves.
Be willing to do jobs that are untraditional or may not be viewed with the same views that past jobs have been. Start a new market. Is it scary? Yes. Is it worthwhile and will you feel more confident once you find a niche that you excel in? Absolutely.
Find Your Style
Nothing helps spark creativity and builds confidence more than having developed your unique style. As an artist, it’s important that you’re spending time actively experimenting and trying new things out to find a style and form that works for you.
Once you’ve found a style that you love, you’ll be able to have more depth with your projects. You’ll find yourself excited to fully dive into projects and have consistency throughout all your works. You’ll be surprised at what can blossom from finding something that you truly love doing; it’ll show through your work.
Have Confidence and Trust
A lot of building a great portfolio and excelling in your work; life overall is having the power to trust in yourself. A lot of exploring and developing your style is trusting your gut (it’s almost always right). Work on things that you’re excited about and trust your instincts.
Have the confidence to know when you’re doing well and succeeding in a specific area of work. We’re often in a space where we’re faced with negativity, which is why it’s important that you have the self-confidence to acknowledge and tell yourself when you’re doing well. Be your own superhero.
Don’t Overthink It
If you spend your career overthinking every job or hesitating before accepting a client I can guarantee one thing; you’ll never get anywhere. Any entrepreneur will tell you that, to win the race, you have to be willing to take risks. Even if you’re terrified, even if you think you may fail, you have to find the courage to try anyway.
Trust us, we know, perhaps better than anyone how easy it is to over-analysis and obsess over the small things. When taking on a new job (especially if it’s a field that you haven’t worked in before) your mind seems to be only clouded with thoughts of what can go wrong. Take a breath, stop worrying about what everyone thinks, and remember that everything (even the failures) is a worthwhile lesson.
A major aspect of building a portfolio is displaying your confidence and creativity through it. Show your clients that you are willing to try new things, show them that you’ve taken risks, let them know that you take pride in your work, and are happy with what you’ve created. These things show through your work.
The more creative and diverse your portfolio is, the more apt people will be to want to hire you. Courage and creativity speak through your work. Our best piece of advice? Spend your time trying new things, don’t hesitate and trust your gut. These are your three best creative outsources.