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I got an interview for an in-house CD role. I’ve only freelanced as a CD before and have 8 years of experience. I really wanna nail this. Any tips?

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I’d start by not saying that you’ve ONLY freelanced as a cd. Tell them that by freelancing as a cd, you learned how to work with different people/clients/problems in new situations quickly. If you want them to get business-horny for you, remember that confidence is sexy.

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Thanks everyone who contributed constructive comments - I appreciate it. I’ve been managing teams over a little over 3 years and have only gotten stellar reviews from my reports. I’ve also done tons of work in emerging tech which has definitely helped accelerate my career in many ways. A bulk of my work has been independent and the rest of it in-house at global brands. Am I ready? With a little imposter syndrome, yes I am. Can I do the job? Absolutely. Was I simply looking for constructive advice? Also absolutely. To everyone whose advice is something along the lines of staying humble/follow the path/you need 2.536 more years of work to deserve the CD title/etc: you don’t even have a fraction of a percentage of insight into my work history/life story to determine what got me here, so your advice is prematurely spoken. I’d suggest a little reflection to help determine if this mindset truly serves you well in your own career. Separately, this interview is happening whether you like it or not lol so might as well save your energy. Bitterness doesn’t look good on anyone. ✌🏻

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You got this 👊

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A freelance CD? You’ve basically given yourself that title, and it isn’t legit. You can talk about your experience directing teams or whatever you did while freelancing. But calling yourself a CD when you’ve never been one in an agency is not cool.

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CD1 sounds like the female version of the white males she beat out. Sounds like a great time to go off the “beaten path” if that’s how it ‘s gonna be.

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Look - I actually think CD1 has a point as far as talking about your experiences whilst freelancing. It’s great to have had all of the cultural exchange you’ve had whilst freelancing, so now’s your chance to express it. At the end of the day, a title is literally just that. My personal take? This job is just like any other job, except just a little more senior than your last one. You’ve actually done all this before to become what you are now, and we do it all the time. This one is no different. A CD is still a person, so just show your best side. I also get that I’m not a “CD”, but I guess it’s just a matter of perspective. Best of luck.

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Title doesn’t matter. It’s experience. How have you managed teams? How have you helped them to grow? How did you grow the business and improve the creative by helping others be better versions of themselves. That’s what they want to know about.

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Hot tip: 8 years doesn’t equal CD. The more you stay humble and embrace that, the more you’ll earn CD in the end.

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I wholeheartedly agree with you, however, it seems like almost everyone under 30 at a large shop is either an ACD or CD these days. They can’t all be “super-ninja-unicorn-rockstars” would love for someone to clue me in.

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CDs brand side can face different challenges than in agency world. You won’t have the creative support and third-party voice of an agency to shield you from the nay sayers and ugly financial challenges, you may be in a culture that doesn’t value independent spirits and may not speak the language of audacious mktg, and your success will be completely tied to the health of the biz. As a CD you’ll need to own the business challenges as well as the creative ones. And being a team player is a lot more valuable and valued client side. If that’s your bag, go get ‘em tiger!

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I think you probably are ready from the technical side. If you worry they will see the lack of official title consider communicating your insight to what makes a great CD great. In my experience it is someone possessing empathy, humility, generosity, coupled with talent and skill. Best of luck!

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Are you certain you are ready and it’s a role you actually want, more than just the ability to say I’m a cd? Only asking because your title right now is art director vs. senior ad or acd.

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The fact that you asked the original question itself kinda raised a red flag that you might not be ready. I’m not bitter at all, you’re not going to be stepping in as my cd so why would I care? You’re interviewing as an in house cd and 8 years doesn’t seem like a crazy short amount of time. I wish you the best honestly good luck, confidence is king.

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