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Professional Practices Portfolio Workshop


For my assignment I went to a workshop that taught me how to make a portfolio. A portfolio is similar to a resume but instead of giving a summary of your strengths and abilities it shows the work you can do. A portfolio is usually kept on a file or on a disk and you never stop adding your work to it. You can think of a portfolio as a tree. In a portfolio you take out the old work that wasn’t as successful and you bring in the new work that was successful. When you do this your actually building a package with your resume and portfolio that shows why you are the best candidate for the job. During the workshop there were many speakers that came in and discussed the importance of having a good portfolio. In Adams speech he discussed the aspect of presenting yourself as a media professional. He explained that when you present your portfolio you want to highlight your work by explaining what it is your good at. He also mentioned the importance of keeping your portfolio organized. When you organize your portfolio you want to make it easy for your interviewer to find what they are looking for. For example, if you are applying for a job as an editor your work of editing should be the first thing your interviewer finds when looking at your portfolio. Another thing that’s important when presenting a portfolio is being honest about your work. If you work on a project with a group then you have to explain that it was a group project and what your piece of the project was.

The next speaker in the workshop was Tom and he explained the importance of branding yourself. The part that caught my attention in his speech was when he said “the public has no patience for you.”If the interviewer is even the slightest bit confused on your portfolio they will tell you no.”What this means is that you have to make your work clear enough so that the interviewer isn’t questioning what you were trying to accomplish. You also have to get straight to the point on your work because as Tom said “the public has no patience for you.” Tom also mentions in his speech that you have to use a consistent look with your portfolio. You have to make sure to not over design your portfolio with too many things going on at once. He explains that it’s okay to have white space in your portfolio as long as you get the point your making across to the viewer.

The next speaker was a former graphic design student named Char. She explained her job working in the media field and ways that you can showcase your work. When you work on a portfolio you have to show your own creative style to it and also make it look professional. She also explained that it’s good to show a variety of work you can do in your portfolio. For example, if your specialty is in graphic design and you also do photography make sure to leave a space in your portfolio showing those skills. You also have to be passionate about your work and showcase it by explaining why your passionate about it. Overall, I’m glad that i went to the portfolio workshop. I learned valuable skills that I can use when I start making a portfolio like how to design, present, and organize it.


My Family of five Generations


For my project I decided to do five generations of my family. My cousin recently had a baby so I thought it would be fun to make a video showing the five generations. My plan was to start with my granny who is 97 years old and end the video with the baby who is about 4 weeks old. Everyone started their interview by showing their hand and telling their name, age, and their generation. I began the next part of my video by asking everyone what they liked to do for fun. Then I video taped them doing an activity that interested them. For example, my granny likes to sew, so I recorded a video of her sewing and zoomed in on her hands doing the activity. The hardest part was getting a video of the baby. The baby wasn’t in a good mood, so we had to wait for the baby to calm down before taking the video. Once the baby was calm I was able to get a video of the baby’s hand and even a picture of my granny and the baby. I showed everyones hands in the beginning and end of the video because i thought it would be a good idea to show my family from the oldest generation to the youngest. I really enjoyed making this video because I got to spend some time with my family and it was fun video taping them.


Elephant and The Key



My project is based off an original story that I wrote when I was eleven years old. At first I wasn’t sure what story to use, but then I remembered all the short stories I wrote as a child. When I came across the story ”The elephant and the key,” I decided to use it as part of my project. The story wasn’t too long and it made me happy reading it. As you listen to the video you’ll notice many errors in the way I word my sentences. I wanted the video to have these errors because I didn’t want to ruin the original version that I wrote as a child. The part that I had the most fun with was adding the sound effects into my recording. I enjoyed this part because it was fun to listen to but also challenging. When I finally figured out how to add the effects I wanted into the program, I felt happy and I had more fun with it. Using the microphone to record my voice also took a lot of practice. I wasn’t able to get my voice to sound perfect the first try, but I kept trying until I got the results that I was looking for.

Blog Search Getting An Animation Job

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This blog was created by Cameron Fielding. Cameron Fielding works at a video game industry called The Valve and even worked as an animator for the third Madagascar movie. in his post called “Getting an animation job in games,” he explains information you need to know in order to become an animator.In the beginning of the post he explains the rules of working in the industry.The most important rule is figuring out if becoming an animator is a job your going to have fun with and want to pursue. When your working in animation there is a lot of information you have to figure out and you have to make accommodations for the things that don’t work. Another thing i find important is he mentions the common misconceptions people have about the industry. people think that they need to know specific programs to work in the industry however, that isn’t true all the time. When he first started out he only knew how to use one program but he eventually learned how to use many more programs. A common misconception people have is that you need a degree to work in the field. People that don’t have degrees can still get a job in animation but they have to know what they are doing and know how to animate. In my opinion this is true in some cases, but it’s still important to earn a degree so you can be more successful. Overall i really enjoyed reading his blog. I feel that the information helps give detail into the gaming industry and it gives a desire to want to learn more about the field.


Resources for Media Arts students at Lane Community College

Equipment checkout


                                                                                                                                       Equipment checkout counter. Students go here to get the equipment they need for their media classes.

Blue Cyc wall

This is the studio with the “blue CYC wall.” I think it’s interesting that the school has a wall like this.

Center for student engagement

This is the Center For Student Engagement. Students can go in here to work on their assignments.

Art Gallery

This is a picture of part of the art gallery. I really like the angle of this picture and the detail of the artwork.

Art O Mat

This is a machine called the Art-O-Mat. The machine says if you put five dollars in it you will get to keep a small piece of artwork.


The library is a place for students to checkout books and research information for their classes.


 This is the silver Sculpture Located over by the health and wellness building.

Mary Jo Kreindel's

 This is Mary Jo Kreindel’s office. Students can go to her with their questions and concerns.  

Media creations labJPGThe media creations lab is located in the library. Students can go in here to work on projects using mac computers.

Judy Gates officeThis is Judy Gates office. She is is the advisor for media arts students.
Indy Lab

This is the Indy lab located in building 17. Many students go here to work on their projects and get help from tutors.

FlagsThese are the flags located in building 1. If you look at them you will notice they are all from different parts of the world.

Turkey shot

This is a close up picture of a turkey. In this picture you can see the detail in the turkeys feathers.

About me



 My goals

 Hello, my name is Taylor. I am a student at Lane community College pursuing an associate of arts degree in multimedia design. I chose this career path because I am interested in becoming an animator. I have taken classes at LCC in computer animation and I have enjoyed it. I have learned that there is a lot of work and time involved in creating animation. I am not an expert but I am excited to learn more about the skills and work that goes into creating animation.


My family

I currently live with my mom and my stepfather. I don’t have any brothers or sisters but sometimes it is nice being the only child in my family. On weekends sometimes I go visit with my dad. When me and my dad spend time together we play games, talk, and watch movies. I like spending time with my dad and I feel I can talk to him about anything.


My interests

One of my favorite hobbies is playing videogames. My favorite videogame to play is The Sims. The Sims is a simulation game that allows you to build a house, create a family, and make a story about the family. I have a collection of almost all of The Sims 3 and 4 games. I play both The Sims 3 and 4 but I mostly enjoy playing The Sims 4. Besides playing Sims I also enjoy playing the Mario games, watching movies, and spending time with my family.


By Taylor Lavoie