When to "Fake It"2:40 with Devin O'Bryan
Sometimes there’s simply not enough work to fill a portfolio. We’ll build from the previous video of identifying the Portfolio Gaps and react by creating projects that will best fill those gaps.
Skills Gaps -- the difference in the skills required on the job and the actual skills possessed by the employees.
We just established a way to go about identifying gaps in your portfolio. 0:00 But what can you actually do about it? 0:05 Well, lots [LAUGH] actually. 0:09 Long before the existence of photo blogs, 0:11 my college studio mate became Internet famous. 0:14 He did this by creating a series of self-governed projects with extremely 0:18 strict parameters. 0:22 One of the projects was just him uploading to a website a daily photo of 0:25 a tractor-trailer stencil typography that showed the length of the trailer. 0:30 53 feet, for 53 straight days. 0:36 He plainly enough called it 53 feet. 0:40 Here's what he did so very right. 0:43 He created self-imposed parameters, like time and restrictions on content. 0:46 And then he maintained the discipline to execute it. 0:50 Another example, world-famous hand letterer Jessica Hische 0:54 created the Daily Drop Cap, where every day for 0:59 100 days she posted an ornamental capital letter of her making. 1:02 Here's the thing, just because you're missing a client-based project 1:09 to showcase some of your skills doesn't mean you're stuck. 1:13 Instead, take some initiative, and you can just do it yourself. 1:16 Especially if you call out that you created the project and 1:22 explain the parameters and the discipline that it took to execute it. 1:25 In cognitive behavior therapy, there's a behavior modifier called fake it till you 1:30 make it, and there's likely a good chance that you've heard that phrase before. 1:35 You absolutely have permission to fake it here, 1:39 meaning you can create projects that aren't real. 1:43 However, you have to be sure that you're communicating to your audience why you're 1:48 faking it, because that's actually what makes it real. 1:52 Is it to show off how you've grown in a hard skills area? 1:57 Or are you creating a project as the result of a past manager 2:01 pointing out a skills gap? 2:05 Which is the difference in the skills required on the job and 2:07 the actual skills possessed by the employees. 2:11 No matter the inspiration for 2:15 your self-made projects, approach them with conviction. 2:16 Make them both enjoyable and challenging for you. 2:20 After all, this is how you show potential employers and 2:24 clients how you like to work and what inspires you. 2:28 I'm excited to see you in the next stage, where we'll look at how and 2:32 what to write to describe the work in your portfolio. 2:36
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