pratt 2013 opportunity fair / by Bianca Alexis

This past weekend I had the experience of checking out the pratt opportunity fair.  for all you new readers, i attended pratt instittute from 2001-2005. i majored in photography and haven't been really back to the old campus since 2005.  i got an e-mail last week asking if i was interested in coming in for a portfolio review.  all my life i listened to myself and swatted away other people's opinions.  now im trying to open up and listen, instead of being dismissive.

this is what i took to the fair

this is what i took to the fair

hm tote bag

pratt opportunity fair ticket

resume

business cards

ipad portfolio

what i wore to impress.

what i wore to impress.

i tried to keep it simple.  i didn't want to scare anyone away with a dominating color or piece of jewelry that might take away from what i was saying.  the boots were sleek and comfortable.  the jacket gave me comfort just in case there was a draft.

i kept my make up minimal as well.

i kept my make up minimal as well.

and off i went!

and off i went!

going through the campus was nostalgia for me. it really is beautiful there and can't believe that my time here impacted my life so much in 4 short years.

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the fair was set up like this.  each table represented a company.  after signing in, you were able to speak with people and show them your portfolio.  i got a lot of good feedback.  it was great to hear that i finally found my style.

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the best part of this fair were the roundtable discussions.  there were 6-7 tables with various topics, such as "creative career path", "adjusting to change", and "plotting a professional path".   it was a great way to really have time with professionals and like minded people in an artistic field.  i did meet up with some photographers and it was great to hear about the different career paths they took after graduation.

in all this was a great experience.  it helped me get out of my comfort zone. ask questions about my field and ventures i've been struggling wtih.  now i have all these fantastic ideas to move my personal business to the next level.