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Creative Directors

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HELLO, WORLD! Are you and your crew pitch-slammed at the end of the year? Need help with some ideas, a campaign, an experience, or just a brainstorm? We've got some studio time right now and we… more

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Need inspiration for retail tv - donut or promo structure. Any restaurants or brands that have done this well? Even well-ish?

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In-house gig. It’s a disorganized mess of business leads, analysts and managers disrupting and undermining everything when I am not looking. I want to write a simple playbook of the creative process t… more

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Leaving an established smallish agency filled with people I love but that’s not moving fast enough for a VP creative role in a pre-IPO startup. Am I crazy?

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Entering Round 3+ of interviews for a tech company that's known but pre-IPO. The coordinator tells me the next round(s) will be with "the team" and will last 3.5 hours. Pre-pandemic I wa… more

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It’s my first month as a CD. I took the title bump by moving to a different company, going from publisher to a small agency. It’s been communicated I’m responsible for setting the vision of the team… more

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What do you do if you’re new on a team and a senior writer doesn’t follow your direction? It took 3x as long to get something done today because after I approved copy, the writer went in and changed 8… more

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Hello, fellow creatives! I want to share a project that I have busting my butt on and thought you might enjoy it. It's WanktheVote.com. We're currently running ads on PornHub and other porn sites to route people to this site. The ads promise free, sexy 18+ content. They are then brought to WanktheVote.com, where they are given the hottest 18+ content right now—voter info—and of course porn. Please enjoy, and if you do please share!

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Anyone out there that your shop/agency is all agile or is trying to apply it to everything you do. Not just web/app dev. Are you successful? Is it being embraced? Is it a pain in the a$$? Would love… more

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As far as ad jobs go, my job ain't bad. The hours can be brutal, but people nice. Pay is good. But, I just don't like this game anymore. The fun parts are so rare. Stress too high. I want ou… more

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I’m about to start a new FT position leading a team—completely remotely, in a different state. The team has been together for a while, all in the same location. As a leader, I’ve always had my teams i… more

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Other than speaking to a financial advisor, are there specific things to consider if offered an agency partnership? Any advice?

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I left a well-known WPP brand agency to go client side at a decent-sized CPG startup. I’ve been here three years and have had a really positive impact building a scrappy internal creative team and mos… more

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When did you know you were ready to be an ECD? Were you thrust into it? Did you grab it? Grow into it? Fake it? I can make an argument for and against myself right now.

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The long and the short of it. I was laid off a couple of months ago, the clients on the account I ran loved me. Can I hit the client up about freelance? The non-solicitation part in my severance packa… more

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Has anyone run into issues w non competes? Have you considered leaving and the new agency was apprehensive on talking because of the NDA? Where do you go to know your full rights and how enforceable i… more

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Did I see a thread somewhere about how people are doing brainstorm/creative kick off meets over Zoom etc? I have searched to no avail. If not, that’s 👆the question.

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Hello creative directors. Today I learned about a situation at a well-known agency. A very senior account executive changed creative work in a deck, and that led to the work not selling. The creatives… more

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Job posting for any CDs out there looking for a gig:

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For those of us falling prey to the necessary evil of client-mandated use of influencers, do you think the creative team has a role and should be the ones leading and briefing these “creators” or can … more

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Is this the point in our careers where things become less fun and engaging, to the point of (in different times) considering leaving the industry? I am at this point a middle manager, constantly being… more

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Anybody using overseas resource for design production? Templated documents, amends etc. I would of course prefer local but I’ve got a hiring freeze and want to take some smaller jobs off my (small) te… more

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“The LA creative agency job post”

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How do you deal with low-energy team members? I have a small team, and I want to get them excited about the work we’re doing and can do. One team member is great but they don’t always have the same en… more

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Hey CDs, how many of you really know UX. A. Experience from just learning as you go on misc. projects? B. Took extra a course(s) on the side? C. Part of you college education? D. Other? Thanks. Askin… more

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Since becoming a CD, I feel like my time is purely administrative and managerial work. I don’t have any creative projects and only give feedback to my ADs/designers. Because of this I’m feeling really… more

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Was offered an ACD position at a good company but wanted the CD role. Have been a CD for 3 years historically. Need a job so I don’t feel super comfy holding out for something else. Should I negotiate… more

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Anxiety doesn’t go away when you get promoted. I just spend all my time now worrying about my creatives. Trying to protect them from various shitstorms, as best I can.

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Got a client struggling to pull the trigger on “big ideas” she’s requesting (and getting). They require courage and money, but not unreasonable amounts of either. We’re 20+ deep. Feedback is lazy: “i’… more

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Is it naive of me to dream of someday going client side to wander free after suffering years and years of agency abuse? Is it really the gold at the end of the rainbow, I’ve made it out to be?

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As you advance in your career what do you value more, title or compensation? And when do you see a higher title as actually more of a liability?

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A potential candidate I was interviewing is a rabid Bernie/AOC devotee. Her social media posts make it clear she thinks Capitalists (like me, and our clients) are evil scum, and that's enough for … more

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How do I write a job description for a UI designer to ensure I get applicants who understand, type, composition, negative space, etc. ?

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If someone in your group expresses a political point of you you disagree with and even find offensive, say supporting Trump, does it affect how you look at them and their creative work? Would you exc… more

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High performers often get promoted to management. It happened to me when I was made creative director. The hardest thing I learned was that my team’s success was more important then my personal goals… more

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