LDI’s second annual portfolio review in lighting and projection will be held on Sunday, November 22, from 1-3pm in the Cirque du Soleil TENT at the Orange County Convention Center as part of LDI2009. The portfolio review is open to all undergraduate student designers who are looking for graduate schools or jobs and graduate students or recent grads who are looking for jobs can have their portfolios reviewed by professional designers and professors, plus representatives from Cirque du Soleil. Every student and young designer who registers will get a free VIP floor pass for the show. Brackley Frayer, lighting designer and chair of the theatre department at UNLV, is coordinating the event and urges all students and young designers to attend.

“Over the years I have seen a large number of portfolios, some very good, some really poor and a good number in the middle,” says Frayer. “The portfolio is the first impression that an employer/school sees on a potential candidate so it is very important to have a good one. How the portfolio flows from one page to another in an artistic manner represents who you are as an artist. Logical and artistic decisions need to be made on your part to show your best possible work.”

Frayer emphasizes the importance spending time to create a good portfolio: “First and foremost, the portfolio must be neat and organized, presented in a professional manner, and must in a style appropriate for the discipline. A portfolio is an investment and you need to spend some time and money on it for it to be successful. Purchase the correct binder; make sure all the pictures are of good quality and size. One thing from the outset—never apologize for anything in your portfolio. You should only include things that you are proud of. I don’t know how many times I have heard ‘Well I am sorry but my pictures did not come out’ or ‘that picture is a little fuzzy, the show looked a lot better.’ You are showing off your personality with your portfolio, so be proud of it.

Graduate schools are looking for students who can think and develop creative ideas from the written word. Concepts and research material are important for that. When applying for a job, producers are looking for someone who can produce beautiful designs, so visuals are important. Designers looking for assistants are looking for people who can be organized and can draft really well,” Frayer adds.

For additional information and registration, please email Brackley Frayer at brackley.frayer@unlv.edu