Yes you got it right: an idiot!
In order to have the opportunity to present yourself to someone you need contacts, you need to build your network of contacts.
Today it is easier to build your contacts thanks to social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Naymz, but also via your design school placement office or some car design websites like: Cardesignnews.com, Carbodydesign.com
Build your contacts.
How do I do?
Rule N°1: do not act like an idiot!
Rule N°2: be respectful and polite in your approach
Rule N°3: make sure you have a real good portfolio (talent and skills)
Many times I am contacted via email or Facebook page to look at portfolios + CVs and give feedback. Sometimes also to considering offering an Internship opportunity within the company I work for as Car Design manager.
Well would you like to know how many times I reject your contacts? Several times and the main reason is:
Hi bro!…. or….come on give me your feedback….you are the only person can save me please help me to find money to go to school….could you please tell me how much the school cost?….where can I buy Clay?…Etc..Etc… (Some of phrases read on my FB chat)
The problem is: you cannot address to me as if I am your brother and talking to me with a slang I hardly remember, you cannot ask me to raise money for you….you cannot be so aggressive…you should not ask for infos that you can easily find on internet. All this shows me you are acting like an idiot or a spoiled kid. This is a big problem for you!
Be serious about yourself and your work this is the first good message you can give to someone that does not know you.
In other words do not burn your chance at you first try!
Conclusion: be aware.
You are probably 25 years old and I passed already my 50s…even if I might look and act very nice to all it does not mean I am not looking and evaluating some speciphic caracteristics of your behaviour, carachte,r mentality, education (and this before looking at your book).
Do not forget that if someone is going to hire you this means you will be integrated into a designers’s team which means working with other people. How are you going to behave with them? How the studio will react to you?
In a few words: How the hell am I going to engage about your hiring if you do not meet some obvious behaviour requirements?
This is the main reason for which be very careful about how you address to me or other designers collegues to ask for help or interviews.Got the point?