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Where can I work as an artist who is still in college but no portfolio yet?

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Is it possible to still offer some service to a company without my portfolio and at least get some experience working in or around a game dev. studio? I am stuck between needing to pay the bills and finding a fulfilling career.

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Judith’s Answer

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You may wish to try volunteering with an Art Guild in the area. You could learn many skills including hanging, curating and also make many connections. They may also encourage you to do and show your art which could build a portfolio.

Judith recommends the following next steps:

  • When you do your art, build an online presence with a web site such as FASO.
  • When in the Guild, see if there are small groups which you could join which show around town, such as cafes, hotels etc.
  • After you have gained experience, apply for gallery assistant positions in fine art galleries in your city.
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Marilyn’s Answer

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Art galleries and art supply stores will hire part time help. I am not sure whether you will be able to actually produce your art, but it will give you a great deal of experience in seeing what types of instruction are available and learn some of the "how-to's" of presenting and caring for other people's art. And in the meantime you can work on your portfolio so you can also show your work.

Best of luck,

Marilyn Balke-Lowry


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Mike’s Answer

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Work at any part time job so you can pay the bills, then offer a bunch of game dev studios your time in exchange for gaining hands on experience and building up your portfolio. Work with them part time.

Craft a short email that genuinely explains your situation and offers to work for them for free. You can probably get their emails here: https://hunter.io/

Make it short and to the point, they probably don't have much time.

Start working with one of the studios, they will probably start paying you once you prove that you're good enough at what you do anyways, which means that you'll get the job you wanted pretty quickly :)

That's what I did when I first started, go go! you may be surprised by the results!


Mike recommends the following next steps:

  • Make a list of game dev studios you want to work with
  • Find their emails using www.hunter.io
  • Craft a short email that explains your offer. make it to the point!
  • email all of your chosen studios.
  • Get to work!
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