Women in Advertising

My side hobby is blowing up and I’ve won a few awards for it. However it has never taken me away from my ad work and I’ve never missed a deadline. Not once. Now when I interview the first thing I’m ..

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Dude- you sound awesome and an agency should be up your ass trying to hire you. Your skills make you 1,000% more valuable in our field.

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Honestly, no. My hobby has come up in interviews and it’s helped me get jobs. Granted, it’s adjacent to what I do as an art director, but it’s been nothing but helpful as a talking point.

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I’ve really tried Havas, President, GSD - I’ve let them know how my side hustle makes me a better presenter, and a stronger concepter, ability to speak from various voices easily as a writer, everything. These presentation skills have helped me win $200 million accounts. I’ve let them know I’ve never missed a deadline ever - meanwhile pot heads at my office who don’t do anything else outside are asking for extensions all the time. It’s really upsetting.

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I agree with President. Where are you interviewing? I would think larger holding company agencies with 20 year old recruiters wouldn’t find value in this and pass on you but indie shops looking to be more than a :10 sec social post would snap you up in a heartbeat. Also maybe stop going through recruiters and go through creative depts, producers, hell vid editors for opps.

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Find a more innovative agency that sees you as an asset bc you have these additional skills (whatever that might be). Many places want people that are more diverse... you just need to find them

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Nope. You say exactly what you told us. And you make the argument that having a passion point/side hustle makes you a stronger, more versatile creative.

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If they're worried about your dedication to your job versus your hobby, then it's a pretty big clue that that's an environment that seeks a pretty high amount of control. If you want to work in those sorts of places, perhaps a name change is viable; however, while it might be harder to find a good job while not hiding your hobby, you're likely to enjoy your time there more if you don't have to hide a part of yourself.

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Asked is about this hobby. I do it for fun and I’m passionate about it but I’m also very realistic and grounded. Because of its nature it’s publicized - I’m always asked about it because people Google before interviewing anyone. If my side hobby was something like running marathons no one would’ve cared... not sure what I’m supposed to do or how to answer questions from HR at this point. I feel it’s hurting my path & job opportunities. Should I change my name for advertising purposes ?

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I have a side hobby that blew up and people asked about it in interviews. Very relatable experience. Feel free to DM :)

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People are so stupid. That would be like, well you’re a mom so you must not be serious about making ads. Oh, wait.

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A side hustle only makes you more interesting to an agency. If you’re not getting further in interviews, it might not be because of the hobby. Have you asked for feedback?

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We are hiring! I would love to work for a boss like you. Send me a PM if you are interested!

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