This past spring I graduated from the University of Kansas, and while I was in school, my professor told me about Behance. She told me it was a great site to showcase my design, and give creatives, that may not normally see my work, the opportunity to view it at their leisure. In addition, my professor noted it was a great way to promote my work, get my name out there quickly, and that it would be easy to keep up to date.
So, I created a profile and posted my portfolio. I received lots of great feedback and was excited to be able to share my link with professionals, friends and family.
A week after graduation, I received an email from Engine Interactive, an interactive design agency in Seattle, Washington. They said they had viewed my portfolio on Behance and were looking for a contract designer. They were interested in conducting a formal interview with me, and I’m so thankful that Behance helped me get my foot in the door. I replied that I would love to talk, and my phone interview took place the next day. The interview went really well. Even though we were several miles apart, I was able to walk them through my portfolio, project by project, on Behance, just like I would do with my portfolio, in person. After our discussion, they decided to hire me as a full time designer, not a contract position, and I have been working with Engine ever since!
I have made lots of great art and design contacts through Behance, and I’ve had several professionals inquire about freelance jobs. I’ve found that Behance is also a great way to keep in the loop with what my design friends, all over the country, are doing. It’s so inspiring to see so much amazing work all in one place.