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Over 40 in Advertising

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Still working, creating and not even close to burned out.

My experience in a nutshell: -Joined agency before 40 -Stayed over a decade, the money was good -A divorce kept me dependent on a significant salary/benefits -Lost job during Covid layoffs in spring … more

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Partnering with a less experienced AD whose ego is gigantic, and he is not at all collaborative. Our work shows that we are not working together. I admire the CD we are working for so it's extra..… more

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Parents, any tips for working in quality time with kids during the work week? My calls usually start before mine are even awake, and by the time I emerge from my home office at 6pm I’m exhausted, irr… more

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I was just bitched out by a PM who (according to his LinkedIn profile) was a student four years ago, while the people pleaser baby ACD nodded and placated the PM. Some jobs you earn the bucks...

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You guys ever feel like creatives used to be crazier? Like, more jokes. More laughing. My hilarious jokes are lost on the Millennials. It's like working with accountants.

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I’ve decided to keep my hair longer so people can’t see the expiration date on the back of my neck.

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I got through 4th round interviews where every interview was GREAT, but the day after the 4th they cut me. I was devastated, but the next day started a new round of interviews with another exciting op… more

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This one is the perfectly horrible storm: as a result, Forrester is predicting advertising will shed 52,000 jobs through 2021. Meanwhile, this bowl is seeing increased numbers of unemployed +40 folks… more

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Anyone else going on 6+ months unemployed due to COVID? If so, how are you staying positive and hopeful for the future?

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What do you have saved in your 401k + retirement accounts and what’s your age? What are your “getting older” career plans?

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Hey everyone, I’m looking for some advice. I’m 43yo and make 185k/year. I save around 14% in my 401k. I have 75k saved. Is it too late for me? My target was $2 millions for retirement. Is that re… more

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The good news is that just when I had given up hope of a full-time job being in my future, I get a response from a pretty good agency, followed by three interviews in 48 hours, all just PERFECT. The … more

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Did it cost anything to be placed on Campaign’s 40 over 40?

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"Can a man of 81 be good at anything in advertising, or is it ipsofacto that you're useless at 81? They're out there saying, for God's sake, get rid of that old codger. But I've h… more

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Done faking it. When people ask how’s it going I now say, It’s shit, stressful and anxiety producing. How are you?

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Anybody here old enough to have gone through the colonoscopy process? Any advice for getting through the prep stage?

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Made it to 49 and employed in this biz without any layoffs but didn’t make it past the Pandemic and currently contracting while I figure out what’s next. Would rather continue contracting than work fo… more

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Just wishing everyone who can use it a happy new year

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I’m glad there’s finally a list like this. But it’s so obvious these were done by PR people at agencies because of the blatant display of Titleism. Show me a list of 40 over 40 of people voted on by t… more

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Hey if you are over 50 or turn 50 this year, don’t forget you can add additional $6,500 to@your 401k ( if that’s something you are able to do financially, I realize that is not something all can fund… more

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So there are creatives THAT extraordinary, in less than 5 years are senior level?

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Ageism laid bare. This is the sad reality of the business. Agency leaders who linger into their 60s, who have completely dismissed the value of their contemporaries to keep themselves afloat. Shame… more

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I was just scolded by a GenZ/Millennial account person for not submitting my first draft of an HCP message map doc in PPT. I used word bc we are just starting the content exploration. Omg.

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I am constantly worried this life I’ve built will be taken away from me in an instant. That I’ll lose my job and never get hired again then lose my house. As soon as I was responsible for more than my… more

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Once again, got turned down for a really great CD job after multiple (successful) interview rounds because they think I’m “OVERqualified”...despite them saying they loved me & my world & all m… more

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Lost my in-house job today due to the impact of Covid on the financial performance of the company. I was there only for five months. I thought I had found something good after spending many years in … more

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Finally secured a job after 6 months of COVID unemployment. Sure I had to go client-side, take a lower role, a massive pay cut, and will have to move across the country — but I’m legitimately relieved… more

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on a scale of 1 to 10, how pushy do you have to get to ensure projects keep moving? bonus question: and why is that number always 11 for me?

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... I’m applying for those because I still love doing the work, being in the trenches. So why wouldn’t an agency wanna bring me (or you) in at a lower salary than we should be making? Why shouldn’t th… more

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Been trying to figure out why a lot of agencies & other senior creatives are not interested in having people “of a certain age” come in at maybe a level below where they should be. For example, I… more

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Do you find it ironic how ageist this business is and yet almost 80% of the creative references I see for projects were created by someone over 40?

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Quote from Mark Read, WPP CEO: “We have a very broad range of skills and if you look at our people – the average age of someone who works at WPP is less than 30 – they don’t hark back to the 1980s, … more

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I consider my most interesting portfolio pieces to have been 8 years ago, and the last five years have been fine - just never got those briefs again. Just sad that I can’t lean on those clearly dated … more

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Just laid off after 16 years at company. Let the freak out begin. 😳

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If you are hired for a project at a big company but it’s not long-term, how would you position/announce it on your LinkedIn? Announce you’re freelancing/self-employed or as a consultant for the big co… more

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