The Business (Cards) of Theatre (Artists)

As theatre artists, companies, and venues work increasingly harder these days to present and promote themselves online, what remains of old (old-fashioned now?) business practices?

Do you and/or the company or venue you are associated with still use business cards?

And if so, how much and what kind of information appears on these business cards?

Do you have a story to share about the benefits or uselessness of having business cards in this industry?

I can honestly say I’ve never asked someone for ‘a card,’ but I have in the past been asked if I have one, and I have felt bad responding ‘no.’  I actually haven’t had business cards since I worked in NYC at an enormous PR firm, which feels like a million years ago.

I have heard stories of people using business cards now that contain only their name and the encouragement to ‘google’ them.

Thoughts?

Here’s an example of what not to do…

On an unrelated note, what’s a Ravenmutter or, in English, a Raven Mother?  Don’t know? Read here.  Ugh.

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