You mentioned business cards in your latest post, “I made a few connections, had nice conversations, exchanged business cards (I carry one purporting to be a writer; there’s no need for a PA to have a business card).”
Back in October, an AD told me to get business cards stat, in order to look more professional and make a longer lasting impression on whoever I dole them out to.
I am primarily a PA, but I sometimes do 2nd AD work or assistant coordinating, or am given those titles in lieu of a decent day rate. Should I just put the blanket term “Production” under my name to account for my varied jobs, plus my dream to someday be a union POC? This trivial matter has lingered in my head for months, and I don’t want to print a card that seems presumptuous or casts a negative, douche baggy impression.
I feel like printing business cards is a way of saying, “I’m going to be in this position for a while.” No PA wants that.
I do know people that have business cards with just their name and number, but that tends to come across as egotistical, like you think you’re Danny Ocean or something.
Listing off a bunch of titles just seems dumb. The card (and by extension, you) will look cluttered and clumsy.
One of my friends has a card that reads, “Freelance office production,” which covers most of your positions, except the AD stuff. It might behoove you to get two sets, one saying “AD,” and the other “production,” depending on the situation and target audience.
Maybe some of my more experienced readers can offer advice in the comments section?
But seriously, I wouldn’t stress too much about it. It’s just a card.