Over 40 in Advertising

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

The perfect job found me. Starting today. Client side. Can’t be happier.

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Working from home

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I felt that every creative need to have a “side hustle” or another “career”? What do you think?

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Looking for recommendations for a great career coach who can help a creative transition into a 2nd phase career...

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So, like a lot of people, currently on the market right now looking for a gig as my role was eliminated. However, state of the world and industry are both so shaky that sending out resumes seems rather pointless while majority of agencies appear rather frozen, at least out West. Considering slowing search down for a month or so to maintain sanity. Anyone feel the same?

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I’m not confessional or exhibitionistic enough to be ‘influential’ on the social medias...and I’m ok with that.

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So this happened. Since getting laid off I’ve been applying to every job that I believe I’m qualified for. 30 minutes after I hit send I received an email from the company stating that I did not have the right qualifications for the job. No one from the company looked at my portfolio. How do I get past the algorithm and get my work noticed by a real person?

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Anyone in here no where near where they want to be/thought they’d be by this age either in career? I’m not and am panicking. (Please don’t think just because I work at WK that I’ve made it. I feel invisible here). I don’t know how to get ahead now that I am on the dangerous side of age.

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Here’s a disturbingly circular question:,what will 2020 look like in hindsight?

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My first grader just told her teacher to mute everyone so there’s no background noise during her distance learning session. Made me smile and uncomfortable at the same time.

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Been noticing an uptick in changing of the proverbial—two pretty well-known recruiters (Anne Ross and Paul Gumbinner) using the “R” word and saying sayonara to the industry. Curious to know how many others are thinking that CV-19 might be Ma Nature’s hint to step off the bus (or subway)—-and, especially, what’s keeping you hanging in, even hunkered down.

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Question for life after advertising. I’m a solid Sr Art Director. Have a great partner, and everything seems cozy right now... BUT. I know this can’t last forever, and I know that there’s an age limit in this biz. I love high-end Photoshop compositing and have gotten really solid at it over the yrs. What decent paying jobs are out there where I can do photoshop well into my late 50’s and 60’s? I think I’d be really happy doing this. It’s my side hustle, but I only seem to earn so much.

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I just wanted to share this reflection, as I will be 50 this year. After having spent almost all my adult life working in agencies, I finally decided to go client side. I just became tired of chasing the dreams of advertising glory, and ran out of steam. I am trying to understand now this new environment I am in, but I can tell that people are way more grounded and nicer. The work is not as exciting but quality of life is already better. I’ll take the second over the first, any time.

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I love my kid but I don’t mention kids or family in interviews because I know both subjects are metrics on the ageist scale. I also stay current with everything though it’s exhausting. What do you do through the youth off the trail of dismissing you a grandma/pa?

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Agencies could organize “Cannes” for free or just paying an affordable flat rate by themselves. Agencies just need to create a website where upload their best ads and juries can vote online. Are we going to keep spending money in festivals when we can have them for free?

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Do you relate better to the C level and management folks closer to your own age or the 20 somethings closer to your position?

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Not sure if it is corona-related, but I’ve really started to question why I’m in advertising. So much of it is uninspiring and quite frankly, full of egos. Is anyone else re-thinking their career by switching to something that’s more in-line with their passions? Am I just chasing something that is unattainable?

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Other than Cindy Gallop, who are some thought leaders who are vocal about agism?

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NYC is laid flat right now. What verticals do you see opportunities surfacing in first? In-house and client side.

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Not only does Abercrombie and Fitch ask for your years attended and which college but also your SAT and ACT scores. WTF?

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