14 Nov 2015
Old things show character and experience and they wear it like a badge, proud and prominent. So when we create a portfolio, why do we only want to show our new work, as if nothing from our past experience and learning matters?
It's natural to only want to show your best work, but giving people a chance to dive into the journey you had to take to end up in the position that you are in now might be incredibly insightful. Just as the rust and water marks on an old car's paint job show that it's earned its position as a classic, your work and endurance keeping up with your craft show that you're a top contender in any match-up.
As time moves on, your work gets better. That makes complete sense. However, giving future clients a chance to see that you've earned your place in the food chain and you've fought for your position; learning, reviewing, improving, and repeating, is incredibly valuable. You don't take your car to a mechanic that is new to the business and never worked on their own car, you visit the mechanic that built their own classic and washes it every weekend.
Take some time to sort through your past work and post it. If you're concerned about it being confused with your current skill set, make it apparent that it's part of your learning curve with captions and dates. We all get better with persistence, we all started somewhere, and we all know it.
Be proud of your journey and show it off. Years of experience are hard earned, so show them off.