I'm a student and want to do it!
February 23, 2012 2:21 PM Subscribe
I was approached by a teacher of mine, who says a friend of a friend is looking for a graphic artist, and he thinks I'm more than capable and wants to give me the opportunity to try and get some professional work into my portfolio. I'm a freshman, and have no idea how to navigate this situation, or what to expect. Help?
posted by FirstMateKate to media & arts (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The back story:Theres a web designer who is working on a project. He needs a graphic done, and wants to outsource. He forwards the email to people he's worked with before. One of those people is friends with a teacher of mine. My teacher pulls me aside, along this other student, and says a colleague of his friend's is looking for a graphic artist. He says, based on the work he's seen, that we're more than capable. He wants to give us the opportunity to try and do some professional work, because it's really impressive to have in our portfolio. Teacher admits he has no idea of the nature of the graphic that's needed, or if the web designer is looking for pro-bono work or not [though he does warn that we shouldn't be working for free-I'm not sure if I agree with him at this point]. Teacher gives us the web designer's contact information.
Now that the complete joy and gidyness of being told [by an industry professional that you actually respect, quite a bit] that your work is of professional quality has worn off, I'm kind of freaking out. I have no idea what to write in the email to WB. The friend did mention to Teacher that it would be in our best interest to mention her name, otherwise theres a good chance the WB will just ignore us. So, how do I throw this in there? I've never met the friend, how do I describe our relationship? What else do I say? "Hey, I heard you were putting out some feelers, to try and get a graphic designed. I'm a student and want to do it!" ?
Also, I'm a student. A freshman. I don't have much work, the only pieces I have that I'm proud enough to show are a few logos I made. Pretty boring. I'm sure the WB will ask to see examples of my work, and that just completely renders me immobile from fear. Also, I go to a community college. Off the bat, that sounds pretty... unimpressive. The school is actually held in high regard by a lot of the industry professionals in the area. I've had the pleasure of meeting with quite a few at AIGA meetings. But if the WB doesn't know of the school's reputation, I'm afraid it will make me look bad. I don't want to look like a fool, but at the same time, I don't want to pass up this opportunity.
Oh, Metafitler, please solve my crisises.