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What’s with people who just give themselves a title raise when they go freelance? Me think it’s bullshit, no?

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I got laid off a couple years ago as mid level and took a month long freelance gig at a major shop. My requested day rate put me in a senior position based on their pay scale. Then got hired as a full time senior elsewhere afterward. Don’t hate the player


Sure, lots of times. But other times, you have people who’ve been held back title-wise not for lack of ability, but for politics, budget, personal grudges, anything. So now, they are the boss, and they get to make that decision. The truth outs itself anyway... someone selling themselves as a CD when they’re not qualified to do the work is pretty obvious once they are on board - they won’t get extended, or hired again, and will quickly find those jobs harder to get, because word gets around. On the other hand, if they give themselves the title, and do great work at that level, who are any of us to say they didn’t earn it?


I was in this situation. My company refused to promote me to AD even though I was more than ready and on the AD track. When they promoted 2 of my less experienced peers over me, I quit. They then backtracked and offered to make me an AD if I stayed. During my exit interview I was told that I slipped through the cracks and that they had missed some things. This was clearly bullshit, as I had been asking about my progression for a good 6 months before. I think I can call myself a freelance AD.



How about the reverse. Former CD will take whatever title needed to get the project. Just pay me for the value, not the title. For the most part, titles are arbitrary anyway. It's hard to take any of it seriously. Maybe I should become a Chief Creative Officer of my one man band. I'm way too jaded on the subject.

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