Last night I was a reviewer at a portfolio review for the Phoenix area. It was really nice to meet some of the other advertising professionals since I've only been back in Phoenix for 6 weeks.
The review was at the Duce in downtown Phoenix which made it super easy for me. Bonus.
As with most downtowns there was a problem with parking (not enough of it) and the show that was supposed to start at 6:30 didn't really start until 7:30pm.
There were about the same number of students as there were reviewers, which really surprised me. I know that NY has way more people which is why you have to wait in line to speak to a reviewer, sometimes 30 minutes each time. Though, I really hope as these continue more and more students take advantage of having professionals come out to help them get a job.
15 minutes is too long for a portfolio review to go on, especially when there isn't a bell telling people to slide down. I would probably shorten it to 10 minutes and have a bell. When the bell sounds you slide down. period. I met with a few people though showing their work lasted 30 minutes. . . I don't have that big of an attention span :)
There was a panel after the review which was a great idea, once the kids started getting comfortable they started asking questions. The ones that every graduating student wants to know, but at the same time, I am really happy they are thinking about those things.
All in all Jason from TunnelBravo did a great job organizing the event and I know it will only get better with time!
A great quote from Tim Washburn's father was said during the panel, "Spend your 20s learning to surf and your 30s looking for the perfect wave." Great words of advice.
Below are some pictures of the event (Courtesy of M.Fehler)