So there I was, at the earlier stages of my project. I had a lot of work but something was missing. This is a short post on the things I did wrong and how you can avoid them.

1. I didn’t eat. I was petrified! Why would I eat? It’s a tip in the ebook that gets under-rated. Always eat healthily before your crits no matter how scared you are.

2. I didn’t sleep. I had enough work, yet I overworked myself trying to get more and more done. A more logical approach would be to save your last few days before the crit organising and printing work. Tutors won’t notice the hatch you forgot to fill. Nor will they notice the shadow you forgot to put in your render.

3. Layout and presentation. I had somewhat of a scattered style of presenting my work. Setting up a grid and putting my work 2cm apart just wasn’t me so I didn’t do it. With that said, it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have control of the flow of my project. The physical presentation may be scattered but my verbal description of the project should be as clear as glass. In this case it wasn’t.

4. I was nervous… So how do you overcome nerves? Put simply you can’t. But you can minimise the nerves by being prepared. We get nervous because we are unsure. If you are prepared for every question that may be asked, and if you are prepared for how you will present your project. The nerves will take care of themselves.

5. Sweat like a pig. Everyone is different, and everyone shows their nerves in a different way. For me I have dreadlocks so my head overheats in sticky situations. Some people turn red, some people stutter, some people twiddle their hands and some people speak at 200mph. What ever your sign of nerves is, be aware of it. That’s the first step to overcoming it.

Goodluck in your next crit!

3 thoughts on “My bad crit (and how to avoid them)

  1. Good work Zean!
    – Remember those on the crit panel have been through it before and remember very clearly how it feels
    – Be prepared but not cocky!
    – don’t read your presentation. Use the on the wall presentation as your prompt card!
    – if its all going wrong just tell the crit panel you are nervous!
    – We can usually tell if youre exhausted! Best have some sleep so you can coherently talk!
    – Put your presentation on the wall so that it tells the story of your work!
    – Bring ALL your work, rough work etc….
    A little bit of advise from the other side of the fence!

  2. One way to deal with really bad nerves is to think logically even if it is a bit uncomfortable. Whats the worst that can happen? You get a 20/30 minute rough ride and then its over. Sure they can try rip you to shreds but then it will be over. They can’t open there mouth and swallow you up. If you know you’ve done enough work and are confident enough in your project its probably just their personal difference to you that will make your crit go worse.

  3. Whether you have had a little experience of pinning up your work in front of your fellow students, tutors and anyone else who happens to be around or not, hopefully this post will give you a few tips on how to prepare for your crit.

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