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Am I too scared, insecure for this business?


I love advertising Jancy, I know everything about it and I just finished my college degree and have a good book. My problem is, I am scared and I am very insecure. How can I design and think of ideas when I feel like this. Help me.

intro Am I too scared, insecure for this business?Join the club. It took us several years in the business before we realized it wasn’t just us: every creative person feels a version of your own insecurity. It’s part of being creative, we’re afraid. So feel some relief that you’re not a freak (or, we all are), take a deep breath and run at that blank page with blind faith that after the initial horror, the ideas will start coming. Nancy had a CD years ago, nearly 60 years old, who confessed he’d never taken a brief for an ad that he wasn’t convinced he’d never be able to crack it. Relax, and start brainstorming. The rain almost always comes. (Check out books on brainstorming—-A Whack on the Side of the Head, Writer’s Block, etc.).

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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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