The freelance market is rough, huh?! Been available for 6 weeks and sent literally 114 emails out to people I know and some I don’t. Got Cannes Lions and a-list agencies on my cv. Still. Nothing. 🤪

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Gotta drop your rate because other CDs are underbidding in this market. I’m getting $800 day rates from several award winning creatives on both coasts. The struggle is real.

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Maybe in NY 6 weeks is a lot. I freelanced innDallas and Austinnand because they’re smaller markets with less agencies, 6 weeks was not that unusual of a lull. Sometimes I’d go 3 months without a gig. You gotta budget for that. Also, it’s December. Everyone is thinking about the Christmas party and their vacation plans. Nobody is thinking about hiring until January .

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Have also noticed a few agencies posting gigs and specifically calling out “this is not for CDs” and all I can think is, you....are ridiculous. It’s like saying, “I am not looking for a Prada bag that only costs as much as a Guess bag. I only want a bag from the Gap.” Idiots.

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I don’t really buy all the “it’s your rate” rationale esp bc often you don’t even get to that point in the email volley. Just crickets. @OP if you are desperate to get out of the house start contacting with Pharma GCDs and ECDs directly (agency recruiters are generally useless). DM me to connect and I will let you know if I hear something. Keep trying. Every day.

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@cd ny is really dead, but will pick up in jan, when all the staffing for the year gets done. I went 2 months with nothing, then got a couple gigs in ny. If you havent already and are open to it, try freelancing out of state. And the “lower the day rate” is a real thing unfortunately, depending on the agency. CD rates seem to hover around $1000 - $1300/a day. Maybe $1500 if you’re a superstar.

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Well maybe next year!

New York!

@SS1 any particular group to recommend? Their recruiter is unresponsive. DM me if you work there and have the inside scoop.

Emails aren’t a good way to network unfortunately. I’m in a similar boat and have to start calling meeting ppl in person

Ah, this is me since August! The struggle is real. And here I thought I'm all set after winning a Lion this year. Not so fast!
Alas, finally getting somewhere gig-wise in January. 👍

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