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I don’t think tons of my coworkers have any idea that there’s a huge wealth gap within this industry and sub-gaps between those who come from suburbs with safety nets and the rest of us ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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You’re so spot on with this. Never lose this outlook, please.

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Feels insane that some people in this industry are complaining on here about not being able to get their 1-2 massages per month and I really think I am facing homelessness by the next month or two :(

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Junior Strategist OP, a ton of restaurants have turned into food kitchens here in NYC and they are now open to all New Yorkers, my husband and I lost our jobs and to scrape by we’ve been going regularly so our savings goes towards rent if that’s any help as well.

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I feel you. The only reason I made it in the beginning was bc I’m from a big city and was able to live with my parents while I made a salary of $30k.

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I feel you. The only people who can afford to take a low paying internship in a major city or fork over $50k for ad school come from some cash. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that our starting salaries are low, so that prevents some people from entering the industry entirely. There’s no doubt people with money have an advantage in advertising. That being said, you made it in and so did I, so it’s possible.

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My wife worked in publishing and you’d be shocked at the ripple affect this has on the books that get published and promoted. The entire editorial department at most major publishers is filled with Ivy League English majors (with the odd Oberlin/Sarah Lawrence/Vassar alum thrown in for diversity) whose parents paid their rent in a doorman building all through a mandatory unpaid internship and a few years making 35k as an assistant editor.

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My first job, I lived in a garage and made 15k a year. No support. No family. But it made me strong enough to get to the top of this game. Suffering is good for you.

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Suffering can be good for you when it works out, because you have a chance to reflect on it and grow from it. But it’s a numbers game. The world isn’t set up for suffering to be some kind of cosmic hazing before you rise to untold success. Not everyone can make it, and it’s rarely a pure meritocracy deciding who does and doesn’t. For most people suffering isn’t a prelude to success, it’s just a set of bad circumstances begetting more bad circumstances. You caught breaks along the way. Successful people often have a hard time acknowledging that because they think it undermines their success being earned or deserved. It doesn’t. But it’s unfair to ignore the fact the other equally deserving people never caught their own breaks and ended up living very different lives because of it.

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No, they don't. I went to school with the children of millionaires too and then have the gall to complain about lack of diversity.

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This is def only reason I made it in the industry

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Stick with it. The industry usually rewards you well but you have to put in the time. You’ll get there too.

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This. This so many times over

So so true. I come from "the other side of the tracks" my old EVP liked to say. She never let me forget it either.

It's no coincidence that the ones who are aware are likely also the ones that have to work the hardest to have their voices heard.

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