Business cards are invented purely to make people feel important. They're entirely unnecessary, most of the time people lose them, or crumple them in their pocket from washing them one too many times through the washer, and let's be real- we all have a damn cell phone.
Business cards are a means of status, title- etc. Business cards are for unimportant people who want to feel as though they are important...for instance, I have a business card, ME. which, is. hysterical. I got them out of necessity because when I moved to NYC, I was asked "Do you have a card?" every time I met someone new. Which was projecting far more importance onto me than necessary. So I thought, "ho-de-ho, I suppose I should get a card?"
I debated writing my name and listing, very fittingly underneath- BAMF.
Then, on the reverse side it would say- BAD ASS MOTHER F*CKER. My business card was going to be a piece of flare! I ended up going with my name, and underneath- Freelance Writer. I did however sneak in my little Chelsea Talks Smack girl who stares up at my name like it's going to crush her face, which shows that I'm not only an asshole but that I have some sense of humor, no?
BAMF, is still cooler. I'm still wondering if I should have left it out, on one hand if someone can't handle BAMF, I A. wouldn't want them to employ me? B. would tell them they needed to lighten up if they found it offensive. and C. did I mention that I wouldn't want to be associated with those of the BAMF hating variety? I did list my blog however, so the secrets out. Here I am! All loud and obnoxious and entirely inappropriate. The crazy guest at dinner, cleverly disguised with a charming demeanor and skinny jeans.
The thing about cards is this; they say something about your personality. I find that handing someone a little packaged version of what to expect is the best way, unfortunately cards don't come with tequila shots and listing "free hugs" might creep people out. But each time I look at my card I wish it said more, I am NOT my title. I am not just a writer. I am not just a smack talker. I am a musician, a traveler, a modern day gypsy and a professor in snarktasm. I am a lover and nerd and a peacemaker and an ass kicker and frankly- all of those things make up my "profession."
I've found that when I'm handing out my cards, I'm also using words like; deadline, excel, in-the-loop, budget, network, contacts, evennnntttssss.....etc. All of which sound like I'm speaking Chinese with marbles in my mouth when I say them.
My business cards are sprinkled about the city, in pockets of strangers and "contacts" all of which, makes me chuckle quite a bit, because I am not nearly serious enough for a business card.I feel like my DAD when I say it I've been going to some pretty interesting events lately; GQ party, Gift Bags For Good and tonight, an event in support of Medical Marijuana, with Kurt Loder and Montel Williams (who I'm hoping brings his little psychic friend Sylvia as a date, I have some questions.) which is so my gig....how serious can you get when you're eating space cake?
What is your title on your business card, and what do you WISH is said?