My travels have taken me far away this time around, and in honor of that, I disconnected. I have four videos lined up for you this week to make up for my three week absence, and gosh was it worth it. I had the best time with my friends exploring temples in Cambodia, volunteering with rescued elephants in Thailand, and finally opening a school in India. But more on all of that later. For now, I wanted to share something I’ve been thinking of for a long time, and that is how we represent ourselves as artists.
Not everyone reading this page is a traditional artist, but this thought process applies nonetheless. To understand how and why you create, and to put that out there with everything you do, takes discipline and a unique understanding of yourself. I can safely say I do not have that down yet, but I will continue to strive for it. I’ll be sharing a video soon about a change in my own thought process and how I know myself as an artist, but first, a look into the ever-important portfolio and how we put that out there.
I saw a really casual video a few weeks ago of an artist’s work, and it made me want to know more about them. Alas, it was a video put together by someone else and there was no artist credit, so I never did find that artist. It started me thinking though about how much we can control how our content is consumed, and seeing that video inspired me to make one of my own. We are largely a visual people, so to bee able to set images to music and see them scroll without having to click buttons feels like a good way to do some sharing.
Creating a Portfolio Video:
- Find a video editing source, like iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, or Animoto.
- Choose your images. I chose 30 of my own images to put in the slideshow, and made sure that they flowed together and represented what I feel are some of my strongest works from the past five years, favoring newer works to take up at least half of the video.
- Pick a song. When I picked the music to go with my images, I chose something with no lyrics, so as not to put any unwanted ideas into the viewer’s head. I also chose something cinematic, haunting, and timeless…all keywords that I use to describe my own art.
- Create a YouTube channel if you don’t have one already. (Or Vimeo, or any other video sharing site!). Talk about easy and free marketing! You never know who is going to stumble on a YouTube channel.
- Share it in the comments. Once you have your video complete, share a link in the comments of this post so that I can sit back and enjoy some amazing art.
I created this incredibly simple video of my portfolio, set to music that I feel fits the tone of my work. What I know is that it can’t hurt to put it out there, and it took me about 40 minutes to create in total – from downloading the images to putting them in iMovie to exporting. I licensed the music from SongFreedom.com and it is “Mystery” by Zero Bedroom Apartment. So, for the cost of only $30, I put together a portfolio, shared it for free on YouTube, and it has the look and feel I desire for my work.
I invite everyone to create a little video of your work, and to share it in the comments here so that we can discover one another as we would like to be discovered! Happy creating as always everyone, and I hope your past month was as exhilarating as mine…can’t wait to share!
Paulo Carvalho - Lovely Brooke! I loved the idea. I will do that for sure. I have to search a song… 🙂
Javier Alejandro - Hi Brooke Thanks for your amazing initiative you’re such and inspiring person.
Here’s my portfolio from my first series I finished this year, its called “White Canvas”.
White Canvas is my first collection with a sequence. It represent chapters of my life in my own interpretation. Most of the artworks are self portraiture and some of them I used models because I could see more of them in that artwork than me. I hope you like it and tell me what do you think of ti.
Here’s the link
Thank you so much
Cynthia Kannan - Thanks Brooke, this initially sounded like something it would take me the whole weekend to accomplish and I am so excited to find I could do it like you said…in less than an hour. You inspire me everyday!
I am forever grateful!
Wendy Hurst - Perfect activity for a snowy afternoon. The music always takes me the longest! https://youtu.be/OKQgZyIcQkg
Paulo Carvalho - E aqui está o link para verem o meu video. Espero que todos gostem. Brooke, obrigado pelo apoio e amizade.
Wendy Hurst - Escolha a música fantástica, Paulo!
Paulo Carvalho - Only now I saw that I write in Portuguese! lolll What was I thinking! lol Translation: “And here is the link to see my video. I hope you all enjoy. Brooke, thanks for the support and friendship.” Sorry guys!
Paride Odierna - Thank you so much for yet another wonderful inspiration 🙂
Here is mine
Wendy Hurst - Beautiful!
Maksym Bubyriev - Excellent work. Here’s my portfolio. http://audiojungle.net/user/max-music/portfolio I think my tracks are ideal for your videos. Thank you.
jen sulak - you make portfolio choosing look SO EASY………….
i am stumped on cohesiveness every.single.time.
hahah! thank you, i will try to make this challenge and take this challenge 😛
Margherita Introna - Ha! I’ve had this on my to-do list for a while now! I love creating videos and have created a number of “before & after” videos showing my processing process. I had this booked to do as an ending to the year, but well… nothing like a swift kick in the butt 😛 Luckily I already had my soundtrack chosen and am well practiced at creating videos, so just posted mine up now – I plan to do one at the end of each year as a way to reflect on my journey as an artist <3
Paulo Carvalho - So beautiful Margherita! Love it! 🙂
Margherita Introna - Thank you Paulo 🙂 xx
Trisha - Once again..thank you for your time and inspiration. You keep me pointed in the right direction. You are an amazing woman.
jen sulak - Brooke, well i did it…it was still harder than i imagine….
and i still don’t feel like i can find at least 16 images that fit together…so i found a few that work for me….
and I’ve decided to make my own category of “Sci-Fine Art”….
because I’m so tired of not feeling i fit somewhere. I feel like i’m in several worlds/dimensions at one time.
here is the link!!!!
FIT BMX - Nice to see you back! And that is really low teasing us with the details of your trip like that! 😉
Your portfolio video is really nice, it makes a great impression!
I also really enjoyed see everyone’s work, it is all really nice! 🙂
Barbara Simmons - Thank you for another little ‘push’ into unchartered territory!