Got this email yesterday:
Hey Joe, this is Josh Herring (I’m part of your Mix With Us community). I read your recent email regarding creating a portfolio and I was looking for some advice. Is it something tangible like a CD and a business card or is it a website that you try to promote online? I would like to start putting mine together but I don’t know where to start.
Thanks for your time, Mix With Us is awesome! Just thought I’d throw that in there.
Thanks Josh. Great question.
I tend to lean more towards a website (or at least some form of digital solution), just because I’m normally interacting with people over email.
Here’s what I do.
I keep have several of my mixes (higher quality mp3’s) on Dropbox in my public folder. When a potential client wants to hear some of my work, I shoot them an email with links to a few songs. Easy peasy.
That way I can customize my portfolio FOR that particular person. I let them hear examples of stuff I’ve worked on in THAT specific genre, if applicable.
A CD is great, and that might be a better option (depending on the client). But I almost always talk to people over email, so giving them something to quickly click is helpful.
As far as having a website, something simple like www.joegildermusic.com would work fine. I’ve got all the songs from my latest album right there to listen to. It’s not super pretty, but it works.
You could also set up a playlist on a Soundcloud account, then you just point them directly to your Soundcloud page, or embed the player on your website.
There’s no right or wrong answer. Just get yourself out there. Make it easy for people to hear your work.
You CAN’T do that, however, if you don’t have any finished projects or mixes under your belt.
If that’s you, join Mix With Us and start mixing this weekend: