New city, new address, new work. With all that requires a new business card. When I lived in Montreal, I never made myself any business cards and relied on friends to pass on work to me (gotta love connections!). But now that I am in a city where I don’t know anyone, I need business cards to help spread the word of what I can do.
Making the business card was a bit hard because I’m a jack of all trades when it comes to the creative arts. I can do a lot of things, yet if I list everything on one card it would make me seem like I’m indecisive in what I want to do as my main job. I suppose there is a bit of truth in that, but can’t a person be good at multiple things? I remember back in CEGEP (which is a college level of education in Quebec), I was refused by the school to take math classes on the side because my major was in the creative arts department. They didn’t allow students to take any classes they wanted – they only allowed us to take classes that are related to our program. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed. Luckily, when I went to university, I was able to take those math classes while studying film as my major. Thank you Concordia University for allowing me to study something I enjoyed!
My love of working in different areas of interest has always been my downfall. Am I not allowed to work in different fields and succeed? I’ve always been a top student and I won multiple scholarships and awards. I’m a fast learner so I can do whatever it is I am asked to and succeed. I’m just trying to find my niche, yet I feel that my superiors are holding me back. Let me spread my wings already!
I grew up in a household where my parents encouraged me to pursue whatever it is that I wanted. This freedom to choose was good and bad. I loved to do too many things and found myself at a loss. I needed direction. Back in high school, I was hesitating in which field I should go to: should I become an engineer because I am one of the top in my class in math and science; or should I go into the creative arts because I loved to draw and paint and I had a very creative mind? For a long time, I was trying to find a field where I can mix the two together and I came up with architecture. However, I did not go to school in that field because the school where I’d study was too far from home (yes, I was young and not ready to move away from my parents’ place). I finally decided to go into creative arts at my local CEGEP, and so my journey of developing multiple creative skills began…
Anyway, back to the business cards (/end rant). Listing my abilities on a business card was a no go. I can’t write on a tiny business card that I can be a videographer, a film editor, an animator, a baker, a set builder, a painter, a crafter, etc. The list would go on forever… So instead I summed it up and wrote “Caroline de Koninck – Film & Crafts”. That’s broad enough to imply many skills, right? But I was worried it would be too broad, so I played a bit of pictionary, and put some of my skills in picture format. The end result looks like this:
I put together a film strip with a pipping bag and cupcake (to represent my love for baking and cake decorating- which, come to think of it, is a great mix because it involves science and creative arts!), along with a pair of scissors and glue gun (to show my crafting skills, which is my most experienced skill because I’ve been doing it since I was 3!) and a trim tool from Final Cut Pro and camera (to represent my videography/editing abilities).
I’m pretty happy with the result! I hope my future employers will like it as well. Now off I go to get some work in the field of my choice.