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Talking salary in a junior interview

I have about six months of copywriting experience at a marketing firm, and am now looking for other opportunities. (As in actual “advertising agencies”.)
What sort of salary figure can I throw out at potential employers during the interview process? (I was getting paid 30K at my last work.)
I don’t want to shoot too high and look like a money hungry scumbag and I don’t want to shoot too low and have to moonlight as a male stripper to pay my bills. Just like to be on target. Thanks a bunch.

intro Talking salary in a junior interviewAs a junior, still brand new to the business, we wouldn’t make money a point of discussion in initial interviews. Going in, the money is always pretty pathetic. Unfair, but true. On the up side, if you make it as a writer you can see your salary increase dramatically as you win awards and prove your value over time with successful work done consistently. The first couple of years are often very lean ones for creative people. 30k is typical in our market as a starting point. Choose the next job because you’re going to learn and grow in a good environment to create strong work. Not because the money will be great (it won’t be good anywhere). Be fully committed to doing great work and the money will come over time. Hope you don’t have to resort to stripping in the meantime. Alternatively, try the all-Cheerios-all-the- time diet. For a little while.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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