Some small but important notes for a beginning artist - from personal experience
Some of these were picked up by me years ago from other artists, sites, etc...but I frankly couldn't remember from whom/where exactly so...anyways.
1. Before you submit your portfolio to the various companies, you MUST do some research about these companies, and try to answer some simple yet important questions for each and every one of them;
a. Does this company has a specific criteria to portfolio reviews/submissions - if they do, follow their rules! (do they want a disclosure form attached to the submission? Do they accept only snail mail submission or also links to portfolios? Do they expect you to attach some jpgs to the e-mail submission or a simple link would be enough?....etc)
b. Does your portfolio match their general "style" of work? - editors (unless specified otherwise) would usually prefer to maintain a certain brand/company "style".
2. Never write down or say that you are a "beginner", "aspiring", etc...artist. Editors would understand that by themselves, you do not need to devalue yourself and your work with these statements.
3. If if you think it is needed or/and possible, write down your previous experience in the art industry, and if you have, any positive references from people you worked for.
Important! - do not invent imaginary companies and clients.
Important! - doing doodles for family members and friends, doesn't count as previous work experience.
4. When you do receive some proposals from possible clients/companies.
Stick to the pay rate (per page/per illustration) that you set to yourself.
Do not work for peanuts or for the promise of future exposure! - you are not doing it as a hobby, it is supposed to be a job, if it doesn't pay enough it could mean only two things. Either you're getting ripped off, or you're simply not good enough yet.
5. When you compose the e-mail, snail mail to the company's editors, BE PERSONAL!
As was stated before, do some research on what is the name, gender of the editor you try to make contact with.
DO NOT simply send the generic: "Hi, my name is....", "Dear Mr/Mrs...",
but "Dear insert editors name here....."
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