Putting Your Portfolio Together
Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans. I didn't deliver last week so I'll just make this week "How to get a Job in Advertising" week here on KFADvertising. That being said, here's today's dirt.
The Institute of Canadian Advertising has some great tips about putting your first book or portfolio together in its article, "So You Want To Be In An Advertising Agency." Here's the section about portfolios:
- Aim for 10 great ads. They should ideally be for real clients, not the local dog-walker. Trying to do a great Nike ad is probably not a good idea as the bar is pretty high there. The best way to blow a Creative Director away is, as advertising great Bob Barrie says, "Do great ads for boring clients." Working on your first book is probably the only time in your career that you'll have complete creative freedom, so go for it.
- Stick to print. [But if you have great ambient or gorilla to go with the print campaign - do it.]
- Produce campaigns not just singles: we like to see breadth of thinking, not just flashy one-offs. [You need 3 ads to make it a campaign.]
- Don't sweat the details. If you're a writer, don't kill yourself trying to make your ad look pretty. At this stage, you'll be judged on your concepts, not executions. So spend your time and energy on the ideas.
- Let the work do the talking. Don't waste time trying to come up with a clever mailer. If you send us a shot of your foot with the line "Now that I've got my foot in the door..." we promise you that your foot will be removed from the door and inserted into the shredder.
- The portfolio of Leo Leung, who was hired as an intern at Rethink Advertising in Canada.
- A directory of recent graduates' work from the Creative Circus in Atlanta, GA.
- A section from The Ranch, and advertising blog from the University of Texas, that showcases student work.
- The student work forum from Ihaveanidea.org.
*Update: I left off a great podcast from the American Copywriter boys about putting your portfolio together. This great advice comes from two creative directors who are well on their way to becoming AdverCelebs.