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Jake Gilla

Getting ready for GDC - Business Cards?

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Hey everybody, so I'm getting my act together for GDC this year, and I'm having trouble figuring out how to handle the issue of my business cards.

First a little background:
I'm a student, I'll be volunteering at GDC, and I am not currently looking for a job, just hoping to meet some people. I do not have a portfolio per se, but am part of a group of student developers that I'd liken more to a garage band, than a real-deal company. In the group I handle production, sound and music, some of the coding, some of the level design, and some of the writing. I eventually want to work as a level designer, or programmer, or at an indie studio where I can do a bit of both (somewhat interested in the more specialized stuff like gameplay scripter).

On to my questions:
- Should I reference my game company, logo. and website, or just have it be MY card?
- Should I list what I do, what I want to do, that I'm a student, or just leave it blank?

I understand there's no hard set rules on this sort of thing, just trying to get some perspective on if you were handed a business card what would you rather see?

Thanks for reading.
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I like what Apoch said.

1. If your goal is to start a company (and not get hired), then make a company card. If you want to network as a person, then make a person card instead.
2. Make it memorable. "Student" is boring. "Imperial Grand Designer of the Western Hemisphere" is a persona. "I actually like broccoli" is unique.
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Business cards are currency at conferences.

You give a card to get a card. Some booths will just give away cards to anyone, but generally with individuals it is reciprocal. Give a card to a recruiter and get a card in return. Give a card to an HR drone and get a card in return. Give a card to a speaker or presenter and get a card in return.


The cards you GIVE will most likely be thrown away, unless you gave them to a recruiter who will contact you.

The cards you GET will be valuable to contact the weeks after the conference.
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