I just want to clear up a couple things about that last question.
First, I don’t like these assigned roles. I don’t want to be perceived as the “knowledgable person taking the time out of my busy day”. We are all equal, and I’d like for anyone who wants to contact me to bypass all the rituals. I’ve talked to younger people who felt they had to bow down to their art elders. NOT NECESSARY. She certainly didn’t phrase her question this way, I guess I just want people to be comfortable with contacting me.
Anyway, just to elaborate on one thing. I said you should be “sending your work to clients”, I mean sending promotional emails and post cards. This involves buying a listing of client contact info. I use Adbase, but it’s a little pricey. There are other ways to find that info for free. but if you have no portfolio, then it may not be time to do that. But if I were you, I would scrape together a portfolio by my junior year of college, and start sending promos just so you’ve shed your awkward tendencies by the time you graduate.
And here’s a cat who ate too much pizza.