So I recently got laid off and am unsure how to move forward. I’m kinda down in the dumps bc my career started so promisingly. I’d love to meet with a fellow NYC CW and chat over a beer or coffee.

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First of all, every copywriter gets fired. I got fired from my first staff job. Anybody else? Please "❤️" my comment and show this winner s/he's not alone. Consider it a rite of passage rather than something to be ashamed of. Means you're a pro now. 👊🏼 bouncing back is part of the biz. You'll be okay.

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I’d like to add to Copywriter 1, and I don’t mean to come off as trite, but everything happens for a reason. It may not seem it at the time. But you will bounce back. Or move on. Or find something new. The universe is a weird place, but it sometimes does seem like there’s a plan for us. And no, I am not high right now. So hang in there. Sadly, being laid off is part of this business. If I could make a suggestion, it’s this: drop all your baggage about the people and place that laid you off. Be appreciative to the people who were good to you there. They will help you. Be cordial or nice to the people who fired you. You may need them one day - or better yet, they may need you and you get to be the bigger person. And then go for a ride on the Staten Island ferry or go to a long lunch midday or hit the Whitney. Enjoy yourself. And then make a plan to go wherever you want to go next. If you were able to motivate yourself to get into the creative department of this biz, you are probably motivated enough to get elsewhere.

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I was let go from my first CW job. I looked at it as a summer vacation and traveled, enjoying my own company. I ended up getting a job in-house with a well respected brand after my travels. Now I’m back on the agency side making more than double what I made at the job that let me go. All within a year’s time, give or take. Keep your head up. The universe has something better coming your way.

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I'm just here to say I love this thread. I'm not in NYC (I'm in Chicago) but I have been laid off before. It sucks. You will get through it, though, and asking for help is a great step. I'm proud of you, OP.

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I was let go from my very first CW job by a CD I just couldn’t click with. Was devastated, but got over it, got a new gig and six months later guess who became my new CD? Same person who fired me. Awkward to say the least but we got over it and eventually developed a really great relationship. That CD has reached out to me for several jobs in the years since. So yeah the universe works in mysterious ways 🤷🏼‍♀️ I agree with others - keep your chin up and stay nice. You’ll land on your feet

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Agree with freelance 1. Worked at a place and was doing well and...bam! New leadership and an ECD who made it his mission to make my life miserable. I spent a lot of time hating this guy. But one day I prayed for help and the answer was: you gotta let go of the hate. When I did, it was like a huge weight coming off my shoulders. I stopped focusing on how I was wronged and put all my energy into finding a new job. In short order (3 months) I had a new job. In retrospect, my experience with him led me to agencies I would have never experienced otherwise. Good luck OP!

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Second of all, join the NYC copywriters group on Facebook. They post drinks things all the time.

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I've been laid off 4 times. And every time it let yo a situation that was better than where I was. It truly is a rite of passage and one you WILL get through. Happy to chat. I'm based in NY if you wanna msg me.

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Want to email me your book/cv? Danielle.white@fcb.com

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Moved across the country on a holiday weekend because the agency “needed me to start right away.” Did award-winning, newsworthy works — fired 3 months after I got there. I was super low, but never stopped fighting and, though it took a while, I’m in an even better spot. Just keep fighting.

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Been there, too. Got let go from a great job at a good agency after almost 3 years. Newer ECD didn’t click with me and pushed me out. I’d never freelanced before, but I put all my time into leveraging the few contacts I had (people who had left my agency previously mostly) and tracking down every other recruiter in town to reach out. I’m literally making 100k more now than I was then with more time off and better quality of life. It’s not bad.

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If anyone has time, please send me a message and I’ll come meet up at a time and place that’s convenient! I’m a mid-level CW (28 years old) but just feel like I’m at a crossroads in my career so would just like to talk with someone in a similar position, because I unfortunately haven’t done the best job of networking in NYC

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I'm not from NYC but hang in there!

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Rooting for you OP!

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Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back. Boy, I been broke as hell, cashed a check it bounced back. D-town LAX, every week I bounce back. If you a real one, then you know how to bounce back!

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Hey OP. I’m a writer in NY. I’d be down for a beer. You can reach me at bowlfish5@gmail.com.

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The laid off copywriter is so smart rather than wallowing In what is a difficult situation.she asked to meet with other CWs I had a long and successful career (NOT over yet) with so many seemingly bad situations turning out for the better. Once I was fired when my agency merged with another agency. One day after my old agency had a mtg to say, “Don’t worry. No one is fired[,”

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I honestly think being laid-off at least once in your lifetime makes you a better and more humble coworker and future boss. This is a life/professional lesson for you to grow stronger and wiser. ;)

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Yup. Everyone gets fired. Don’t sweat it!

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Am here in NYC. Been laid off so many times I’ve considered going client side for stability or making a 360 career switch. Would be happy to chat. Let me know.

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