And another thing
Don’t be afraid to be proud of the shit you do for fun!
I just got passed up for a job because another candidate had more quantifiable experience than I did, and now I’m just sitting and staring at all these fucking projects that I’ve worked on “just for fun”, and never included in a portfolio as a result.
Fun stuff counts! If you did work, it still counts as work even if you did get paid for it! Show off your goddamn progress!