Over 40 in Advertising

Anyone here over 40 and have a mid-level creative role? I got into this later in life than most and have had a tough time finding decent opportunities. Any advice?

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Go in-house somewhere. Starting late and trying to be seen as valuable after 40 is almost impossible. Starting young and being seen as valuable after 40 is almost impossible. The ad industry sucks. Or create your own awesome shot, get that publicity and let them come to you.

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I don’t enjoy freelance. Looking for full time. I’ve freelanced a bunch and my book has suffered from the lack of interesting work

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That’s the problem with freelance. And too much full time. I average one book-worthy project a year when FT. Maybe one every two when freelancing (for a living). I get where you’re coming from

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Freeelance! Got into the biz when I was 35 and have been freelance every year but one. Now 49. Do good work fast and network like crazy.

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Inspiring - and the only way, you’ll age out of FT roles by mid 40s unless you’re on the executive floor. Stupid industry really.

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What were you doing before you got into art direction? If you want to get into an agency you may find alternate roles that can utilize your experiences and skills. You’ll need to be innovative and create a non-traditional path. If that is not for you, widen your search. Art direction and concept work is a different kind of beast in an agency than working in-house at a client doing layout design. Talk to people about what they think is appropriate for who you are.

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I haven’t worked in freelance in almost a decade. Is there a good place to see what’s available ?

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Are you in Chicago? If you’re interested in any of the open roles at FCB I’m happy to forward your resume and book to the right people.

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I transitioned over to a producer role so I could get to work on better projects- I’m not sure my age is appreciated even still, but thankfully it’s only 1 factor

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