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Splitting with a good partner to switch cities

I’m an art director who’s been in the industry for a few years now. In that time I’ve been partnered with my fair share of writers. Some good, some not so good.
Now, I think I’ve finally found ‘the one’. We’ve been partnered for a couple of years and we still get along great. Everyone likes our dynamic, and best of all, we produce great work together.
Here’s the issue: I want to keep growing my career and move to New York. He only wants to stay in Toronto. Should I stick with this person and find bigger/better shops in TO? Or should I be thankful for the time we’ve spent together and hope that my next partner in NYC will be just as good? What do you advise?

intro Splitting with a good partner to switch citiesIt seems a bit early in your career to rule out moving to a great city because of your partner. We’d suggest that you go ahead and interview in New York. Then, if you get offers, you can weigh the merits of the new place against the strength of your partnership. If for instance you wouldn’t be paired with a partner you feel great about (and do insist on meeting the potential partner and spend some time with them as well as share portfolios) you should think twice. Equally, a good partner at a shop not as good as your current one is questionable. So…if you can land at a better agency with a partner you have a good feeling about, go for it. Don’t go to NYC just to be there. For your career to advance and avoid a setback, you need a good job.

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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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