3. Please can you share your story of how you discovered Portfolio Oomph and how you decided to contact Portfolio Oomph with a view to working with us. We had a chance encounter with Portfolio Oomph when Lachlan decided to buy an SLR camera from Gumtree – his dad went to pick the camera up – Julie (Portfolio Oomph) was the seller. Lachlan’s Dad told her what the camera was for and she gave us a business card. I read the card and saw what it was about. It was just what we needed – access to advice from someone independent in the art world. We then encouraged Lachlan to meet with Julie to test out his thoughts about pursuing art and so it went from there – Lachlan had a first meeting, found it useful and we agreed to go forward with another meeting. 4. What did you learn with Portfolio Oomph; what ‘aha!’ moments made the transition of Lachlan just wanting to go to art college to actually seeing that is was possible and how he was going to get into art college? For me it was finding out that there was a type of art/course that matched exactly with what Lachlan was interested in – then the action/development plan impressed me after the first full session. When Julie turned up at the house to help him put enough work together to have the confidence to go for a last minute interview at City of Glasgow College portfolio development course, we really began to see that it was a possibility that he could go on to get a place at art college. I don’t think that would have happened without Portfolio Oomph. Even though Lachlan was then on the portfolio course at the City of Glasgow College the individual tutoring and support of Portfolio Oomph gave Lachlan the confidence to develop his own ideas and keep going forward and then to apply for Glasgow School of Art (GSA). I would never have believed he would have got to that stage so quickly and then to actually have produced a portfolio of sufficient quality to get in. I went to GSA open day with Lachlan but Julie did loads of research as well so that she knew exactly what was required. She gave Lachlan the individual support to produce the images which he needed to upload as part of his application. Julie also gave him the confidence to produce his written statements. The tutor at City of Glasgow College has also been very supportive but having Portfolio Oomph in the background throughout has been invaluable support. 5. Where are you now? How do you feel about Lachlan’s success at GSA? I am absolutely delighted and excited for him – getting into GSA – and to the particular course that he so wanted to get on. 6. Do you feel the services that you used from Portfolio Oomph offer value for money? Yes – I think they are good value for all the reasons set out above – someone to test your ideas on, to keep you on track at each stage and to keep things moving forward. To help in assessing what is needed for the particular course you want to gain entry to and in actually assisting to put your work together in a way that best demonstrates your skills and abilities. Perhaps above all the confidence to pursue what you want. The cost is equivalent to a tutor at school which many parents now use. It was also a flexible service which I think was a great strength – with appointments to meet need and available at key points. 7. Would you recommend Portfolio Oomph to friends? Yes 8. Any other comments or suggestions: Many thanks for supporting Lachlan in developing his ideas skills and abilities – for going the extra mile at each point when it was needed and giving him the confidence to believe in what he wanted to achieve.
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