To day i went to a lecture by Harriet Buckley, from Dundee, who works for Ink Digital as an animator.She has worked on lots of different projects but her big claim to fame being working on ‘the illusionist’. She initially started out as an illustrator and trained at Edinburgh University.Because she is not only involved in pitching her own work, but also looking at other people’s work she feels she is in a good position to be able to advise us on what to put in a portfolio and how to present your work in order to gain work.

Harriet said that it is important to stand out from the crowd due to the market being highly competitive. As she is an animator she talked about animation quite a lot which didn’t interest me in the slightest, but she did say that when you present your stuff try to make it ‘specific’ to what they are looking for and don’t just put anything in, however it is sometimes good to show that you are a bit of an  all rounder (which seemed to contradict what she had just said really) so sometimes its good to include other things that you can do.

Business cards are good, show reels (if you are an animator) and a professional portfolio no bigger than A4, the reason being that the bigger ones are harder for them to store and tend to get thrown about a bit.She told us a lot of the stuff we really should know by now but i will put it in anyway – as the need to  hand a business card to them, personalise your application to meet their needs, and research the work they do so that at the interview you can say something like – ‘ i really like the work that you did on….and i feel that my work will fit in really well with yours etc….’ (common sense really)…she did mention about not saying on the covering letter ‘ i really feel working with your company would help me develop creatively – errr no…but then maybe this was targeted at those under 20?)

She said you can apply for work ‘on spec’ but you need to find out who deals with applications and deal with them, and then submit your work, and then do a follow up call afterwards. You could then also call them again in another few months, if you were unsuccessful – saying that you have some new stuff and asking if they would like to look at it.

She recommended to always put some life drawing in your portfolio, especially work on hands and feet. If you are sending things on line always send in a JPEG unless you ask their permission to send a TIFF as otherwise they could be annoyed about you screwing up their email system.Then of course the numpty stuff – make sure everything is spelt right, dont put bright orange backgrounds behind emails.When you submit your CV put in the most impressive things but then you can also quote previous experience if you feel it demonstrates that you have skills that can be used for the job.Make sure your CV is no more than 2 sides of A4 (hmmmm not easy if your CV is already 10 pages long) and your covering letter is only one page long.


She recommended we looked at the following people = Wesley Louis, and Adam Oliver who present their work in an excellent manner.Her won website is