Stop building portfolios

Matteo Menapace
Nov 30, 2017 · 2 min read

You are a student. A creative type. You’ve been told you need to craft a portfolio in order to get jobs or freelance gigs after uni.

You know what? Don’t.

Yes, really.

I’ve been working in the creative industries for ~10 years and never had (or needed) a portfolio. When I wanted to get into interactive media, I made a videogame about my pet passion at the time (ancient Greek philosophy) and showed up at a hip agency. When I wanted to get into teaching, I planned some workshops and pitched them to my uni tutors and MozFest. When I wanted to move from Web design to games, I started making boardgames.

My website is 2 sentences long.

You don’t need to bullshit people about what you could be doing if only they gave you the opportunity to develop something similar to the half-baked projects one typically stuffs a portfolio with.

Instead, develop the skills you need for that dream job while building your thing.

Say you are into comics: you could start a meetup for comics geeks, or make an online zine, or build an online shop, or anything else that lets you geek out.

Unless you’re into portfolios (so meta of you), channel your creative energy into your actual passion.

Give this a go. Sooner rather than later.

And let me know what happens. I’d love to see what you’re building!

Encoding and decoding playful learning experiences. Resident game designer at the V&A

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