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Switching agencies for a lower ranked position: a risky move?

I am an art director with 5 yrs experience in a small agency in a not so advertising city. The work that I have done (TV, interactive, print etc.) is great but it’s regional. (CDs have been very receptive to it, just not hiring me). Its just that I am ready for a new opportunity. I have a chance to …

Switching from marketing to copywriting: is the pay cut necessary?

Dear Jancy: I am currently a marketing research analyst making $58K per year (plus bonuses), about 10 years out of college. I would like to change gears and be an advertising copywriter, which is what I went to school for. I can’t up and move to attend an expensive portfolio school, but I’ve read all the ad books, and from …

A heartfelt plea to help and be helped

Dear Jancy,
I am inspired with your passion for mentoring, collaboration and risk taking strategies to enhance career development. The mission of Dove’s “Campaign For Real Beauty” to build positive self-esteem and self-worth in females to realize and reach full potential is overwhelmingly powerful and I would like to be part of this journey.
I know first-hand the detrimental effects of low …

How can I best prepare for an accounts position interview?

I’ve got an interview coming up for an account internship at big firm in Atlanta. Maybe you don’t get as many questions about account management as you might art or copy, but I’m wondering: how should I prepare for the interview?
I already talk to myself (out loud, not embarrassed) about everything on my resume, I try to keep up with …

Are there second chances in the ad industry?

Hi Jancy,
I am one of the few people who has managed to get a job in advertising fairly easily. Sadly I managed to lose the job just as easily.
My partner and I were both fired without warning after a year at a fairly well respected shop. We managed to produce some decent work (more work than any other team at …

I feel like I am being underpaid for my work. What should I do?

Hi, Jancy. I’ve been working very hard at a small agency and since day one (which was six months ago) I’ve come through with winning creative that has, as it would turn out, trump the other writer’s stuff. As a whole, there seems to be a lot of healthy, internal competition amongst us two wordsmiths.
My concern is that I’m making …

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About Jancy

'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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