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How do I show the work that I’m not supposed to show?


A headhunter recently instructed me to compile a PDF of all the material that is either still in production or unreleased. The idea being that I bring it along with my portfolio to interviews. My book is lacking on produced work, but only because it hasn’t been cleared and I signed agreements limiting my use of it until then.
My question is:
Should I do this, or does it make me look unprofessional?

intro How do I show the work that Im not supposed to show?This is a very tricky problem. Any creative person wants to share all their best creative efforts when interviewing. However, you run a real risk of problems if you show work that is confidential in nature (work that hasn’t yet been launched, or even work the client has on hold and is not sure they’ll produce—they actually own the work, remember, and you are breaching your contract if you share that). We especially advise against any digital sharing—once it can start flying around in cyberspace you’re exponentially upping the odds of being caught.

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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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