Quarantine is a great opportunity to review and improve your portfolio while isolating at home. Whether you work in the creative industries or just build your portfolio in your spare time, there’s no better time to go through it and make sure you’re showing your work at its best.
We’ve come up with 7 ways you can ensure your portfolio is the best it can be for when life gets back up to speed.
Try out new things
Quarantine presents a great opportunity to experiment with new concepts or ideas in your field. If you’re a writer this could be trying out new formats or branching out into topics you don’t normally write about, for an artist this could be trying out new styles or for photographers this could involve playing with lighting and camera angles in a different way or being inspired by the everyday objects that surround you during quarantine. Whatever your specialism, there’s always something new to discover and now is the perfect time to try it.
Work on your passion projects
We’ve all had a lot more time on our hands since lockdown began so there’s no better time to start those projects you’ve always wanted to do for you, rather than someone else. When you work in the creative industries it can be easy to get into a pattern of creating to a brief to keep money coming in and not always completing projects you’re passionate about. Now’s the time to do something you want to do, not necessarily something that will make you the most money or get the most attention, but something that means a lot to you.
Do some portfolio admin
Take some time during quarantine to tidy up your portfolio. Make sure it’s up to date and well presented with subheadings and text used appropriately for your type of portfolio. Perhaps also have a look online at different portfolio templates and websites that provide an online portfolio to see if there is somewhere better you could be displaying your work, especially if it’s been a while since you made your portfolio.
Use Quarantine for Inspiration
Quarantine is stirring up a lot of new, strange feelings for a lot of people. Across every area, creatives are being inspired by the emotions of this uncertain time. Whether it’s writing about your quarantine experience, drawing or photographing household objects in new ways or depicting the emotional rollercoaster of quarantine through your work, there’s plenty of ways lockdown can spark your creativity. Using quarantine for inspiration will also give your portfolio timeliness and place your work in conversation with contemporary events.
Learn Technical Skills to benefit your Creativity
This might not be applicable to all creative mediums but this is a great chance to learn new technical skills like Photoshop, InDesign and Lumen 5. Use your time to research what software and programmes are out there that could enhance your portfolio and future work. If your work doesn’t use software or programming, there’s also lots of online workshops and tutorials to improve things like drawing or writing technique.
Words by Louisa Merrick – White
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