I found this model rather helpful in pushing me to present my work in a more cohesive manner.
I had been going from one project to the next and accumulating a body of work that was just getting filed away as I focussed on the next task I was given, rather than taking the time to assess the work that I had created and to work out which pieces best highlighted whatever skills that I have.
By actually looking through the work that I had, I was able to figure out what skills that I have, some of which I hadn’t considered before. For example, seeing the animation of my cubes has made me more interested in dynamics and seeing if I have a possible future there, so I would like to maybe practise that in my spare time.
Through having fixed dates to prepare our showreels and websites, it forced us to sit down and work at it, rather than doing little bits here and there. Having a set time to have it prepared by gave us a time frame to work with and then we had to structure how to effectively delegate our time to having them completed. I still need to spend more time polishing my showreel and adding more material, because I didn’t want to add in any renders that weren’t to a standard that I would be satisfied with. I intend to also add in more of my animation work too as Alec suggested.
I thought having the mock interview was quite helpful and definitely helped ease my mind about having to do an interview, even though I don’t think mine went so well, at least I’m able to learn from that. I was rather focussed on keeping my answers concise and not to ramble or go off topic that I ended up not elaborating enough.
With regards to having guest speakers telling us about their experiences in the industry, I found it rather interesting, if not a bit frustrating. As someone who prefers a clear plan of how to get things done, hearing the many different ways that people can get to their position is a quite challenging. Its rather ironic that I’m intending to enter an industry with such ambiguity around quite a lot of things, from the brief you can be given, to how to get to the job you want. It’s quite hard, but I enjoy it, it makes it that much more rewarding when you end up with the finished result.
The classes we had on doing our CV’s were essential for me, because I had never had any real idea on how to start one, and having it done in stages and looking up examples were great, however, the cover letter part was never really touched on, and so it may not be up to par with the CV. No one seemed really sure how to write theirs, or what exactly should be contained in it, although I didn’t really get any negative feedback on the one that I wrote so I must have done something right.