Creative Futures is a 3 day event organized by Glyndwr University to gain a valuable insight into varying aspects of the industry we maybe entering into upon graduate from the university. In this week, people from industry coming in to talk to us and give us advice on how to go about getting a job, such as how to make your Personal Brands, what does an employer want to see about your Portfolios and CVs, etc.
 
There are 3 main contents includes of three days, entrepreneurship, employability, ask the expert. This review will be brief and summarized what i got in these three days and some of my thoughts about them.The following content is based on research and notes collected.
 
DAY 1: ENTRPRENEURSHIP DAY
 
The first day was the ENTRPRENEURSHIP DAY which hosted by Matt Draycott from Glyndwr University. The first speaker called Kathryn Holloway who was from Promofix Ltd a promotional marketing company.
 
From her speech, we got an overview of her personal history.She started in the industry as a graphic design apprentice after sending out approximately 70 CVs, then she moved on to be the Marketing Executive and Account Manager, studied at Telford College, Stafford College and Wolverhampton University.
 
She also gave us some information about her company.
 
To help businesses find an easy way to get their brands noticed, and most of all make promoting their business fun”.
 
WHO DO PROMOFIX WORK FOR?
They work for Businesses, Sports Clubs, Charities, Schools/Colleges, Preschools/Nursery’s. They supply everything from pens, mouse-mats, mugs, key rings, umbrellas and diaries through to the very latest high-tech gadgets. All they do can help people get their brand noticed.
 
Her speech for me just like a Business story, I can really feel that she was cleaver, brief and know how to seize the opportunity. Her success is by no means fortuitous. What I can learn from her was bold attempt, don’t be afraid to take the first step, serious work; opportunities are those who are prepared.
 
 
After that, the next part called “Xing” which I was not very fond. This part was like a role play game; yes we need to know how to start a business, but I don’t think just put 6-7 people in a group and gave them some cards which were written some departments or careers, has any help for start a real Business.
 
The last part for the first day was “Pitching” and “Personal Brands”. During this part the person who gave us this speech use a simple test make us know that how important the links between people and the Internet will play an important role on our seek employment road. 
 
DAY 2: EMPLOYABILITY DAY
 
The second day was the Employability day. The most important thing I got from this day was how to make the Portfolios or CVs that the employer or client want to see. I was really got something extremely useful from the session with Thoughtful.
 
1.      Find out which studio you want to work with.
2.      Start a dialogue today.
3.      Send a short, professional E-mail. Attach a PDF of 5-7 work samples-but no larger than 5Mb.
4.      If you don’t get a reply with in 3 – 5 days give them a ring.
5.      Prepare an A3 size book style portfolio with 10 to 12 pieces of work, with attention to detail being paramount.
6.      Prepare for a 30 minutes interview, but it may only last 15 minutes.
7.      Don’t over stay your welcome. All you need to do just finish your work, pack up and go. Don’t waste of time.
8.      Thank-you e-mail at the end even if you don’t get the job. Employers like the person who had good-mannered; it is always nice to stay in contact.
9.      NEVER EVER give up.
 
This was my first time contact with the portfolios of foreign students. Those portfolios which had been shown for us on the session were imaginative, creative and amazing! After that, I tried to find some Chinese students portfolios on the Internet, but most of them had the same style. After done some research, I found most Chinese students do their just for their teachers, portfolios for them just like a normal homework.Nevertheless, I still found some good works doing by students in China. So, I decide to go back home this summer and try to find some information about what make most of the art students’ portfolios lose creativity in China? Also, hope I can find some good examples to learn, I always believe that even the work only has one light spot, it’s also worth me to learn.
 
DAY 3: ASK THE EXPERT DAY
 
The session by Chris Woodworth from TT games, stepping into the Animation and the Computer Games Industries, was most worth anticipating part on third day. In fact, it did not let me down. This was interesting as it gave me some further on how to enter this industries, also it’s good for me to hear about their personal history, I can always learn something form their experiences, such as how to deal with people when you have different view? Or try to find some different ways and communicate with people when you doing the work, etc.
 
There are some useful websites for animation he was listed:
 
He also gave us some tips for make an animation portfolio:
 
LIFE DRAWING – he mentioned that doing as much as life drawing was very important for an animator; it was good for practises the movements of characters.
 
CHARACTER SHEETS and some storyboards, but no more than 10 pages.
 
CONTACT DETAILS – this was very important, he suggested that put your contact details on both my DVD show reel and on the bottom of the sleeves with the work in.
 
The next came was How to get a foothold in film and TV by Joe Matthews. It should be interesting, but unfortunately, there were some hardware problems.
 
The third day end with session called “Commercial Storyboards” which by Nathalie Tayton. Even it just gave us a quick overview for this work, I was very tempted. Drawing the commercial storyboards, relatively quick to make a full animation, some artist can finish 2-3 commercial storyboards in one month. Being a commercial storyboard artist also regarded as a good choice.
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