Category: Success Stories

Behance Member Testimonials: September 2014 Update

As many Behance members know, being Featured by our curation team is a hard feat to achieve! Our Curators (there are two of them!) look at thousands of projects every day and pick the best of the best. We’ve recently started reaching out to our Featured Members to hear about their experience using Behance and here’s what a few have had to say:

“It’s an honour for me to be 
featured on the website that I love and respect the most, being featured 
among these amazing works is one huge acheivment for me. I got the email 
while I was playing with my 3 month baby girl! So you can imagine that I 
was already feeling awesome, but when I got your email the feeling just 
quadrupled.”

Oasim Karmieh, Brasov, Romania

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Behance Member Success Stories: Mart Biemans

In this installment, we’re featuring Mart Biemans, a young digital artist and illustrator from The Netherlands. Since joining in 2008, Mart has been featured in number of the Behance networks and was profiled in Adobe’s New Creatives campaign earlier in 2014.  Below is an excerpt of a testimonial from the artist.

“My life has proven that it is almost impossible to predict your future, even though I’ve had dreams and expectations like every other kid growing up, things turned out completely different than expected. . .

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Behance Success Story: Amr El Kouedy

We recently got an email from Amr El Kouedy, a user since 2009 who has not only found his dream job, but also an amazing creative community he didn’t even know existed around him.

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“I am a twenty seven year old Egyptian, living my dream in Dubai as successful digital designer at dubizzle.com, one of the biggest classifieds website in the region. As cheesy as it sounds, it is all because of Behance.

I joined Behance in 2009 and uploaded my first project as a junior designer. Using the amazing platform for five years, I grew more and more, learned from the best, and inspired the younger desingners. Yet, I never realized how this platform can impact my life.

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Success Story: Kim Høltermand

This week we’re featuring a great story from one of our most viewed contributors, Kim Høltermand.

Any of our Behance users who have opened up Prosite for the first time may already be familiar with his sample homepage, but when he decided to join Behance way back in 2007, Kim Høltermand didn’t know what to expect.   He comes from a creative family–his father an artist, his grandfather an architect– but Mr. Høltermand only picked up photography recently as a side project from his rather unusual career as a fingerprints expert in the Crime Scene Unit of The Danish National Police.

 

“Joining Behance changed my life.”

 

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Behance Success Stories: Michael Robertson

Here in New York, the Behance team is just getting back from Thanksgiving. We had a ton to be thankful for this year and it’s always great to hear success stories from our members.

Michael Robertson is the Director of Toon53 Productions in Johannesburg, South Africa where he collaborates with illustrators Kenneth Doust and Dean Ira. In August, one of the team’s projects, ‘The Weird World of Nox and Harper’ was featured on Motion Graphics served. For Toon53, it was a big moment to say the least.

“I joined Behance in 2009 – at the time I was joining as many sites as possible for exposure – uploaded a few old works and didn’t really do much for a good few years.  Fast forward around 3 and a half years to a few weeks ago when I decided to update my portfolio start applying to different jobs around the world on Behance and WOW is all I can say.  We’re based in sunny South Africa and are currently working for a company in Moscow, another in the US, one in Dubai and a handful here locally all thanks to Behance!!

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Behance Testimonials- Stephanie Bullock & Trina D. Lambert

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“Netflix contacted me about a design position in California.  At first, I thought the message was spam, but curiosity got the best of me and I received a message back within hours!  Behance has the power to elevate you to a level you didn’t even think you were ready to play on.  Thank you, Behance Crew!”

Behance Testimonials – Hemali Vadalia

“When I began my career as an animator & illustrator, I had no idea how to reach out to clients and find projects that give me creative freedom. I mostly worked for the clients in Mumbai. Then I happened to know about Behance and I’m glad that I uploaded my portfolio here. My clay illustrations & animation got noticed. Also my work with paper craft was appreciated. And within a month I got a couple of wonderful projects to work on.”

 

“This, followed by a lot of encouraging emails and appreciations. It just made things easier for me to showcase my work and the process behind it. I also got to do workshops. Now I have been working on animations and illustrations for iPad games, websites, books and magazines. Apart from this, there’s a lot to learn from the creative community and get inspired everyday!”

–Hemail Vadalia, Mumbai, India (http://www.behance.net/hemali)

 

Want to be featured here or on our Testimonials page?  Visit our testimonials page and share your story!

17-Year Old Offered Internship on-the-spot at Behance Portfolio Review!

Twice a year, Behance hosts “Portfolio Review Week,”  seven days of community-run events that give creatives around the world a chance to present their work and get feedback from their peers. We were psyched to hear this success story from young photographer Cody Min, who presented at an NYC event last year and received an internship offer on the spot!

One day last spring I opened an email from Behance and read an invitation to attend the April 2012 Behance Portfolio Reviews. I was excited to go, but even moreso when I found out I could actually request to present my own work. The organizer, Tom (founder of AIR ) emailed me back later that week, and approved me to be one of the five presenters.

On the night of the event, a lot of other people in the creative field showed up. I chatted with Oriole Poole, Experiential Designer, Richard Borge, an illustrator whose client list includes the NYTimes and Coke, and the team from Bazaart, a hot new fashion iPad app. It felt great to be there as a presenter – especially at age 17! I met some of the most interesting creatives on the planet, learned more about different industries, and also made valuable connections. You could feel the energy in the room.

My presentation went smoothly, and I received fantastic feedback. It was interesting to hear opinions not only from photographers, but also illustrators, art directors, and designers. The highlight of the night was meeting Becky Yee, fashion and commercial photographer. Her work was amazing, and I learned a lot in the brief time talking with her. She was so impressed that I was presenting my work at a young age, that she offered me an internship on the spot. I was floored.

My summer internship with Becky was probably the most I’ve ever learned about photography. By the end of the summer, I knew how to set up and collapse a studio, navigate the subways while loaded with 70+ pounds of gear, and how to organize clients. I learned how to light and shoot everything from lookbooks to ballet dancers, and everything in-between (including designer picnic baskets). Coincidentally, one of the most memorable shoots was with Bazaart, the startup team I met at the Portfolio Review. They had also met Becky at the event, and were as hooked on her work as I was.

Behance made this incredible connection with Becky possible, but going to the review also inspired me to keep creating and presenting my work. Behance has become an integral part of my creative process, and I’m excited to participate in future Portfolio Reviews.

Cody Min is a photographer and filmmaker. His client list includes Google, ING Group, The Foundation for Economic Education, and various politicians. You can view his work on his website: www.codymin.com and Behance: http://www.behance.net/codymin Give him a friendly shoutout on Twitter: twitter.com/codysogunmin

 

Macys Day Parade Photos on Gothamist

Behance’s very own Navid Baraty was featured on the cover of Gothamist last week, with his unique photographs of the Macy’s Day parade from 30 stories above 6th Avenue. Navid told Gothamist ”As always, I took them by leaning over the edge!”

Full article here

More photography by Navid Baraty can be seen on his Behance portfolio 

“The fan art community became my creative outlet” : Ben Whitesell

We always love hearing about what our talented creative community is up to. We were thrilled to read this Q&A with illustrator Ben Whitesell, who recently worked on the poster for Moonrise Kingdom, where he mentions that experimenting with fan art on Behance sparked his interest in poster illustrations.

‘When I was first getting into the poster and fan art scene, I was a member of an online community on the Behance Network that specialized in creating re-imagined ‘minimal’ movie posters. Each month a new actor/actress name would be sent to the group and you would choose a picture from their filmography to create a poster around. The fan art community became my creative outlet.

…you can’t beat the creative community on Behance, and the level of exposure you can get through their service. I have also had amazing interactions with team members including the founder and CEO; Scott Belsky is a real advocate for creatives and is highly active on Behance himself helping to promote people’s work.”

Read the full article at Creative Bloq

See more of Ben’s work at Be.net/benwhitesell or on his ProSite, benwhitesell.com