Is a website really necessary as a freelance designer and animator?
It seems to me the old set up of using Vimeo to host videos and a Squarespace/cargo/whatever style website to share them isn't worth the maintenance effort and cost. All of my work over the past couple of years comes from real life relationships or being found through social media. My Vimeo views are very low yet I'm still hired and busy all year.
Is social media like Twitter or Instagram the new portfolio?
I suppose another angle would be that portfolio websites add to "legitimacy." Perhaps my website isn't originally how I'm found but maybe it is how I am authenticated as a "valid choice for hire?" I'm not even convinced of that either. But maybe having a portfolio website checks a box for a producer or client?
What does everyone else think?