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So what are the big pitches going on out there rn? CIBC?

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This bowl has been more active lately and I’m loving it.

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What’s the update with Courage? What clients/projects do they have on the go?

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Anyone here switch to freelance? What’s that been like? Also, can you freelance in the US from Canada? Looking for some inspo stories 💪🏻

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Know anyone going on stress leave in TO due to work? Apparently there are several considering it at my shop.

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Thinking of going freelance. Is it still busy? What’s an average freelance AD day rate these days? Thank you!

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Just wondering, who are AOR for the streaming services? Like Netflix? Prime Video? Crave? Disney+?

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Just reading about Performance Art… seems like a Canadian agency that is expanding globally? That’s really cool. Other than Sid Lee, haven’t heard this story often. Anyone know much about what they do… more

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Is 123w's Toronto office just filled with former John St. people? There seems to be a ton of people moving over there to join Mo.

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Based on the conversation around Toronto’s newest shop Courage, what would y’all name your shops?

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When the work is so bad it makes it into The Beaverton

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Gut, Mischief, Courage…what do we think the next startup shop name will be? Bravery? Valour? Contempt?

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How’s Sid Lee these days? They’re hiring a lot of people. Feels like it’s been years since I saw any work from their Toronto office.

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Has anybody had to complete a “written assignment” as part of the interview process? If so, what’s that like? And why doesn’t my book suffice?

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Anybody watching the playoffs? Can’t say I’ve seen an ad as awful as the Rogers/Microsoft Teams one in a while.

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Hi, I am an upcoming graduate and currently looking for an internship or junior position as an art director. I have contacted all my target agencies' (US and Canada) recruiters two days ago but … more

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It’s election time! DO NOT share political views in this thread. I want to hear what you think of each campaign’s ADS.

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How much are you earning and how much are you spending on rent? Any tips on how to save better?

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Are any agencies in Toronto hiring junior/associate producers? Asking for a (very smart and eager) friend.

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I did a consult with a junior planner the other day and he kept referring to how long I’d been in the industry 🥹 Just how old AM I? I feel old now.

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Been in the strat game for over a decade; I’ve realized that a strong department with clear process that is built on end to end problem solving (with time to think) is when I’m happiest vs this award … more

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What’s everyone doing today? Anyone having a lie down after lunch or is it just me lol 😵‍💫

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Has the ACTRA / ICA dispute messed up anyones shoots? Any thoughts on it?

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How important is an agency's instagram to you and which ones are the best/worst?

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Was an agency hired to lead the re-brand of Ryerson University? Will anyone own that?

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Is Rethink not even trying to make these seem real anymore? A lot of engagement from people with handles like "placeholder"...

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Curious to know if there’s a shortage of creatives going on at other agencies as well?

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What accounts in this city do you WANT /hope to work on?

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What’s going on with Community Agency?

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How’s the John St design dept these days? Is there even one?

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Just got a verbal job offer! Has anyone successfully negotiated a decent severance package? What did you ask for and what did you get?

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Canadian freelance creatives, do you raise your day rate if it’s for an American agency?

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When did you start contributing to your RRSP? Is it worth it?

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Annnnnnnnd Sid Lee just reached out.

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