You've spent forever polishing your online portfolio. It represents years of hard work, before you hit that send button, ask yourself these 5 questions:

Is it clear what position I am applying for?

Sometimes students are so anxious to land a job, ANY job that they will put everything in their portfolio hoping something will catch the employer's fancy.

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You really can do it all? Awesome! Be specific in what position you're applying for or you run the risk of the studio thinking the opposite of you, that you can't do anything.

If you really are that talented, consider making an online portfolio for each skill. Maybe even name it something original like "My Storyboard Portfolio". Make it easy for an employer to know what you want.

Is the first thing you see eye-catching?

Take a lesson from youtube. As you scroll through the thumbnails looking for the next video to watch which one do you click on? The one that catches your eye. Your introductory image needs to be fun, colorful & interesting! It says look at me!! Pick several images you like and ask your friends which one is best. It might not be the one you think.

Are my boards easy to click through?

Storyboards are meant to be looked at one at a time. They represent a moment in time. Looking at a page with 8, 12 or 16 tiny images is a pain. Put them in the format that they are meant to be looked at. One at a time.

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Easy to read

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Am I making any glaring cinematic mistakes in the boards?

You've made it this far. The studio liked you main image enough to continue, now they are clicking through your boards. It's ok if you are just a student and everything isn't 'pro level'. Sure, a shot or two could be better. What you really want to avoid are HUGE cinematic mistakes. Like breaking the 180 rule, jump cuts or missing dialog. If your board confuses the viewer it will land your portfolio on the reject pile.

Do I have a complete story?

You're applying for a storyboard position and you don't have a complete story? FAIL. It's easy to come up with a setup, hard to find a resolution. That's where you show how your mind works. You tell a story in a way no one else does and that's why the studio wants to hire YOU. Then there's the other end of the spectrum. You do have an ending -- 500 panels later! Ain't nobody got time for that.

 

A few Do's and Don'ts

Don't get all artsy with the template. It's not about the storyboard template. It's about your storyboards.

Don't draw stick people or dummies. Take the time to finish the drawing.
 
Don't put roughs in your portfolio justifying to yourself that you were under deadlines at school, home, church, your friends, the bar whatever. Make a good impression.
 
Don't board sex, murder, or rape. Yes, I've seen all those in a portfolio. It's weird. And what does that say about you? Most studios are making family friendly cartoons! You probably won't get hired with that in your portfolio.
Do use an aspect ratio of 1:85 or 2:35. Don't board in a square. Board in a rectangle.
Do research on the studio you want to hired you. Call them and ask what they are looking for. Look up some of the artists that work there, see what their work looks like.
 
If a recruiter and/or artist visits your school, be friends with them on Facebook, Linked-in, snapchat whatever! It helps to stay connected. Just be respectful of their time and don't spam them with too many inquiries.
 
Only submit relevant work. Resist the urge to show the boards from the crappy freelance job you did. If it is bad, don't show it! ONLY SHOW GOOD STUFF!
 
Don't have any good stuff? Make some!
 
Need some help with your storyboards? Start here.
 

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