I’m having a dilemma so I was hoping some of you very wise people out there might be able to help.
Work is really starting to pick up for me. I’m getting more writing, PR and photography gigs. I’m also starting up alternative therapies (crystal therapy and Reiki), as well as meditation workshops.
These two aspects are two very important sides of me; the writing, creative person, and the healing, spiritual person. I’m a big believer in a holistic approach to life, and in remembering that we are not just made up of physical particles but of energy as well, which is JUST as important.
...An alternative therapist...
So, my question is this. Being that these two sides- the writing/PR, and the spiritual/healer- make up who I am, do I split my services into two business cards or do I, like I would rather do, have one business card that has the writing/PR stuff on one side, and the alternative therapies stuff on the other?
You see, I want to have both things on one card (writing, photography & PR on one, Reiki, crystal therapy and meditation on the other) because that’s me saying I am one person who does all these things. There is the spiritual side, and the physical side, and I am made up equally of both. I don’t want to split who I am into two business cards, that just seems wrong, like I’m denying myself or hiding parts of me.
But there is the argument that a PR person may not be interested in an alternative therapist’s card and vice versa (although to say they are mutually exclusive is rubbish), and that it may be off-putting in that many people are of the opinion that no intelligent, smart and competent person can be into alternative therapies and other such “airy-fairy nonsense”.
So, I need some professional advice from you lovely people out there, particularly those of you in the creative/communications industries who don’t have much knowledge or interest in the alternative therapies and spirituality; would this put you off hiring me? Would you be intrigued? Would it help me stand out? Or would you think of me as some wishy-washy, unreliable hippie type?
Because the thing is, you never know when, as a highly stressed magazine editor, you may pull out that card to hire me as a freelance writer, only to discover that I also do meditation as well. And having a well balanced life is one of the keys to happiness!