I returned from the SCBWI Winter conference late last night. It still feels like a dream! My brain is always so overloaded after being around such a vast swell of talent and inspiration.
I won the Tomie dePaola Award for the portfolio display. I was so shocked and honored. There were 200 portfolios on display. I still can’t believe it!
I will give you a few tips on putting together a winning portfolio:
1. Have a distinct style, this takes years of practice so get started now.
2. Include only your very best artwork, I had 11 pieces in my portfolio that were my absolute best. Don’t include anything that shows your weaknesses!
3. When putting together your portfolio start out with a strong piece and end with the strong piece. Don’t put your best piece first though or it will be all downhill from there!
4. Don’t worry about winning competitions, because it’s so subjective and what you really want is a portfolio that lands jobs!
Thanks for all the well-wishes and support. I will wear my tiara proudly over the next year!