I have been told that I should create separate portfolios for all of my work. In that respect I would have a portfolio for

  • Writing (maybe even one for each genre that I write in)
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Web Design
  • Social Media Management
(c) Jessica Tuckerman 2014
(c) Jessica Tuckerman 2014: This piece utilized my photography and graphic design skills. The choice to use this photo over other photos also include my experience as a dancer and helped me to find straight legs and unlocked knees.

And they will all be interconnected making the navigation an absolute nightmare. Every page I manage will then be a big hot mess all because I wanted to market all of my talents.

Well I am not one thing. I am many. I am a writer, an editor, a designer, a photographer, a video editor, and a social media guru all rolled into one. It’s very rare that while doing one of these things that I am not doing most or all of these things. So why would I even bother marketing myself as one of these things? I am not one thing; I am many things. I do all of these things all the time. I am not multi-talented. I am hyper-talented. My talents play off each other and work together as a team to create beautiful and professional works of art. That’s what makes me unique. When I apply for a position, I don’t bring one skill to the table. I bring several. Does your resume list you as one occupation? Do you only list one skill? One job? One reference?

From the CCCA Showcase: I created a new Coca-Cola bottle label and put it on a spray bottle. This utilized my crafting skills and my graphic design skills.

I think it’s time to stop the separation of ourselves. There is no one on this planet who has only one skill. If you are in construction are you only good with a hammer and not a saw? If you are a dancer do you only dance in one style? If you are a painter do you only paint with one color? Could you imagine if an artist made separate web-portfolios for each of their periods?

It is an absolute sin that we still try to identify as one label. I am a woman, a daughter, a sister, a grand-daughter, a girl friend, a friend, a writer, an author, an athlete, a nerd, a cosplayer, a student, a reader, a gamer, an animal lover, a dog person, an artist, a crocheter, a crafter, a videographer, a klutz and so many other things. I know that I many things. Do you?

Do you think that by keeping to one label that you are helping yourself narrow down your skills? Or are you hindering your growth by not applying your many talents to all areas of your life? Don’t hinder yourself. Stop limiting your own definition. Tell the world you are hyper-talented. Your life and your interests are not, and should not, be separated from each other. Let your talents play with each other; I guarantee you love what you create.

I made this video with my video editing skills, my photography skills, and my writing skills.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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