- Include only your best work. Make sure it is recent. Even if you won a scholarship to an art school with a piece in your book, don't include it if it was done a decade ago.
- Never send originals, Xerox is fine, slides are fine too.
- Make sure every piece has your name and phone number on it.
- Include life drawing in your portfolio and some sample fine art pieces if you have them.
- Make sure your portfolio reflects the diversity and depth of your talent.
Demo Reel, Disk, CD-ROM or DVD
- Demo reels should be on VHS cassettes, name and phone number on cassette and box. The same with disks or CD-ROMS. Make a slate at the beginning and end of the reel with your name and phone number. Label disks MAC or PC format. Make the disk self-loading so it's easy to view your work.
- Put your best stuff up front. Don't save it for the end of your reel, people may never see it.
- Enclose a note with you reel explaining what you did on each on each piece if others worked on it too. Always include your name with reel even if your resume was sent before.
- Ideal length is 3 minutes, never more than 5 minutes. It's better to be shorter with all great work than longer with something not as good.
- You are judged by the weakest part of your portfolio so make sure it is strong and consistent. Include lots of variety and demonstrate diversity.