I have awesome creative work from a client that has fallen into scandal. Specifically, they were a recently acquired beverage company who’s CEO was in a sexual scandal and then the company went into layoffs and rushed get more investor money to try to salvage the business. Needless to say, it didn’t work but the brand got sold to some super conglomerate.

All this to say, do I put the good work in my portfolio? Do I keep it password protected? What would you do?

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C-suite sex scandals, funding scams and conglomerate Pacman. These things are as common as air.

Great bold creative work based on a powerful idea that you're proud of? So rare. So so rare...

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Put it in. No question.

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If the work aired, then you shouldn’t think twice.

If the work got shelved then, yeah, it’s legally weird to share the work before the client who paid for it shares it. (Although I’ve personally done this once or twice, and never got sued)

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Nobody cares. If anything, it’s a good story at the interview.

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Did the work ever air?

If you’re proud of the work and it represents the type of work you want to work on then, definitely, put in your portfolio. Potential employers hire you for your creative work not the CEO’s behavior. Putting the work in your portfolio doesn’t say that you approve of their behavior.

And you can always include a disclaimer on the work saying when/if the work aired and that you are no longer affiliated with the CEO or his controversial statements etc.

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Good work is good work.

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