#advice #mentorship #creativedirectors Hello, business owners and creative community leaders. Since moving to SW Florida end of 2019, professional life has been a f*ckin doozy (for many of us.) For 15 years I’ve been an art director / brand / designer and can say I’ve done well. After many connections and interviews and tests and hoops I’m not getting hired. Feeling defeated, frustrated — bang head here! Any mentors / leaders that can advise a renewed jump to restart? Thank you in advance.

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I’m sorry you’re facing this. When you say SW Florida, are you around Naples or Tampa? I don’t know if I can offer the mentorship or advice you’re looking for, but I can say Florida can be challenging. Have you tried sites like UpWork to get some freelance work and keep your head above water until you find something permanent? Also, are you looking to get into an agency, in-house, or design shop?

Thank you ... I’m in Sarasota. St. Pete’s seems a doable commute. I’ve flirted with UpWork but haven’t gotten any dates yet. I don’t know what I’m doing. Information overload.

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