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Unread 07-29-2014, 10:42 PM   #1
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Question Do YOU have cosplay business cards?

Hey everyone! Now, every cosplayer knows that photographers have business cards that they give you when they take your picture... But do you ever give them your card? Do you even have one? And is it a good idea to have a few for conventions?
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Unread 07-29-2014, 10:49 PM   #2
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Not anymore..Mine are WAY outdated..
A lot of people actually have them..They usually have contact info to make friends and things like that. Then you have the business ones for commissions that some cosplayers also have because they do commissions.

There has been a good 3 or 4 threads on these already
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Hm, new to the forums and must have missed them. n__n
I haven't seen many of them at conventions before so I always wondered if they were good ideas or not. o: Thanks for the input!
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Unread 07-29-2014, 10:52 PM   #4
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I have some for my etsy shop, but that's it. I've thought of making some but feel sort of funny about handing out pictures of myself. it feels a bit narcissistic to me.
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I'm a cosplay photographer and hand them out so people can find their hallshots and I put photos from my portfolio on them in case they want to book a private shoot.

Speaking as a non-cosplayer, I love collecting cosplayers' business cards. Especially the ones who have their photo on it. When I first heard of the concept it did sound conceited, I will say that out loud, but once I encountered it in person I loved it and it's pretty fun and I've NEVER actually felt any negativity towards anyone who gave them to me (I usually ask for them as a matter of fact). So don't feel scared about coming off as narcissistic =)
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Hm, new to the forums and must have missed them. n__n
I haven't seen many of them at conventions before so I always wondered if they were good ideas or not. o: Thanks for the input!
Oh the whole talking about the other threads was basically just me saying it's not uncommon..lol They are kinda burried by now so I don't expect you to easily find them, being new and all..

And I personally think it's awesome to have them. It makes making friends a LOT easier. That way you aren't worrying about breaking boundary issues by asking for numbers or emails or anything..Whatever the person has on there, that's what they are willing to give out, which makes life a lot easier there haha

My dumbass kept forgetting to give them out..And I know I'll do it more so I gave that idea up..Why waste money on something I'm gonna keep forgetting..
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I'm a cosplay photographer and hand them out so people can find their hallshots and I put photos from my portfolio on them in case they want to book a private shoot.

Speaking as a non-cosplayer, I love collecting cosplayers' business cards. Especially the ones who have their photo on it. When I first heard of the concept it did sound conceited, I will say that out loud, but once I encountered it in person I loved it and it's pretty fun and I've NEVER actually felt any negativity towards anyone who gave them to me (I usually ask for them as a matter of fact). So don't feel scared about coming off as narcissistic =)
Coming from a photographer, this is great to read! Nice hearing both sides of the ordeal. Thanks for the input!
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Unread 07-29-2014, 11:13 PM   #8
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Not at the moment, but as I'll be starting comissions and Artist Alley vending next year along with hoping to snag odd jobs in costume design for things like film or theatre, I'll be making some up in the near future.
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Unread 07-29-2014, 11:29 PM   #9
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I have them. It's a great way to keep in touch with people. It really helps with photographers that take hallshots but don't give me their card. I just give mine so I can get the pictures later. ^_^

Although now, mine are a bit out-dated but I'm not making new ones until I finish these. Lol.
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Hmm... Sounds like I might want to invest in some in the future. n____n
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I do have cards, but not as a cosplayer, but so others can see pictures I take of them. This year I will also have cards advertising my Facebook cosplay group.
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I really want to make some. I'll have to get some pictures of myself with a professional camera first.
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Mine have been simple printer paper ones I cut out myself, and that's worked for years, but I'm going to get professionally printed ones before my next con. They're great for giving my contact information to those who want to stay in touch, and for the photographers who don't have/are out of their own cards. A lot of people are willing to send me a copy of the photo they took of my cosplay--the best way I can make that easy for them is to have a simple way to give them my contact info.

If I'm impressed with someone's work, it's also cool to be able to go online and see more of their cosplays. On the rare occasion I do take someone's photo, a business card can help me email them a copy after the con.
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I have plenty. No one to give them to I'll be bringing them to Otakon but (as silly as this may sound) I'm sort of afraid to give them out because I don't know if anyone will think I'm being all high and mighty for having them in the first place. The only reason I made them was because people used to ask me for info and it took too long to get them input my info into their phone and I usually don't carry a pen and paper on me when I'm in costume.
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I'd never really considered it until I went to several cons recently where I had people ask me if I had a card. So, a few days ago I made some and literally yesterday, I got them in the mail! I'm super excited to bring them to my next few cons. Here's a picture of what they look like. And, if you want to get some through MOO, they gave me a way to give out a referral so you'll get 10% off your order by going through this link! Seriously, I highly recommend MOO because of the print quality and customer service. I've ordered regular business cards from them before in the past, too!
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