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Do I need client permission to put work on my site?


Hi Jancy,
Question, many creatives I know post work on their personal websites to promote their skillets (obvious), Im no different, I do have a site which has many samples though I feel they’re a bit Mickey Mousie nowadays, a bit dated and truly not too big a deal. This year has been great for me thus far. I’ve had the privilege to create full graphics programs for two huge new dealers in Calgary, one for Toyota and one for Ford, also have freelanced and built several programs for brands such as Hasbro and Chorion.
I have not posted these samples on my site and don’t think I will at all,
What’s funny is I’d rather not put any of these great projects as not too risk an embarrassing no if I ask for permission.
What’s your take on this?

intro Do I need client permission to put work on my site?Creatives don’t tend to ask clients permission to showcase work on their personal sites. If the work ran, that shouldn’t generally be a problem, unless you know any reason they would expressly not want you to do so. Exceptions can come with posting work that never ran that clients could find embarrassing to them or a breach of confidentiality (i.e. advertising for a new product that hasn’t yet launched). Beyond clients being ok with posting your work, there are ever-changing rules around showcasing work with union talent in it. Verify with production people where your work stands on that front; you don’t need a union coming after you for talent payments.

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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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