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Anyone else feeling like picking money over creative and craft? Might be a career killer but how bad is it to chase the money and go in house? Some in-house is pretty sweet (Spotify, Square space, FB) while others are blah. Is it okay to ditch agency life as a mid-level when you decide the portfolio isn’t worth it?

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I’m thinking of the complete opposite take a pay cut to go to an agency. I’ve been in ad tech for 7+ years. The money is great but it has gotten to the point where it’s not personally fulfilling for me. I genuinely enjoy creating. I think going to agency I can be around people who enjoy it and appreciate it as much as I do.

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And also depending on your role, I feel like if you are really into the brand you work for, you can more easily track your success with the brand’s success? I can work on 6 brands a year but don’t feel like I can say I have results on any of them besides ad press…

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Money is not a sustainable motivator. You can always make more money. The real question is are you fulfilled? In-house, agency, wherever doesn’t matter. Establish your personal metrics of fulfillment and then follow them.

“Not sustainable” = so true. But making $$$ for a brief season (to pay off debt, save for a down payment, etc.) can make a lot of sense. So long as one doesn’t linger there. Get back to what you love!

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