I had been driving past this billboard everyday on my way to work.
The words, "travel" and "adventure" called out to me. I like traveling and I like adventure.
Finally I read what the billboard was and turns out it was for a TRAVEL + ADVENTURE show that was coming to LA. In a week!
On a whim, I decided to buy tickets to the show to see what it's about and to hopefully network my way into some press trips. I'd heard stories of a 12-year-old Steven Spielberg sneaking past the Universal lot in a suit and empty briefcase to watch movie shoots and of a 14-year-old Mila Kunis boldly exaggerating her age to land the part in "That 70s Show" and I wanted to do something bold and daring to chase my dreams! My travel blogger friend Brandon had wisely advised that this would be a good way to meet people so I decided I was going to go to the convention show by myself and introduce myself to all the booths, seeing if there were any that may want to invite me out on press trips and in return, I will write and vblog about it. Watch out, Samantha Brown, I'm coming for your job! (Actually, I would never want to take her job, I think she does a very fine...job... of it.)
First up, I needed some business cards. Being on a budget and time crunch, I looked up some nifty how-to guides on making homemade business cards out of handstamps.
All you need is a $40 kit from Staples. (This was generously borrowed from my dear chum, Helen)
I was planning on buying some pretty business card papers from which to stamp my info on but my mom had some leftover cards from back when she made her own business cards and...who can say no to free paper?
After spending over an hour sticking the letters I needed onto the stamp (I have fat fingers), I ended up with a fine, simple collection of cards to hand out!
I then slid the cards into a professional-looking business card holder and was ready to rock and roll!
The cards were passed onto quite a few booths and I'm hoping some of the trips will take place.
Nonetheless, gonna pat myself on the back anyway for trying something out of the ordinary in order to attempt to get closer to my dreams. Hope you will all be inspired to do the same as well!
After attending the event, for which Samantha Brown was a guest speaker, I became even more of a fan of the blonde travel host. I can see why she is so good at her job. She's lovable and charming, oozes humility and can describe the heck out of a room. Inspired! (with a hint of a girl-crush)
This was also posted on The Media Maid
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
My Adventure Traveling to the LA Travel+Adventure Show (aka Homemade Handstamped Business Cards Tutorial)
Labels: business, convention, travel + adventure show, travel expo, work, writing
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