I had tinkered around with stop motion animation as early as 2009, but it wasn't until 2013 that I resolved to pursue it as a career. At the time, I was focused on stop motion animated text. I put together a website, stopmotionhaiku.com (since deleted), uploaded about 15 of these creations, and shopped that around as a portfolio piece until I landed an animation job. These videos were animated the old fashioned way: by hand, in camera, without computer-generated effects. For the text, I used Letraset dry letter transform sheets from the 1980s, which I'd managed to track down at an old art store in Syracuse.
Here are my favorite 5 from the series.

"Unnecessary Sentences"
Images used from old issues of Holiday magazine.

"Don't Travel"
Images used from old issues of Holiday magazine.

"Douglas Pendergast: Antique Car Repairman"

"The Future is Ours"

"Heron Haiku" 
Poem written by Basho